About Brigham Hypnosis Center

Find Purpose in Your Life Through Hypnotherapy


Martha Wilkes Harrison



Hello, I’m Martha!

literl, literMy story began over 32 years ago when I was an ICU nurse. A doctor had diagnosed a dear friend of mine with cancer at the young age of 39. Because it had already metastasized, he sought treatment at at the City of Hope cancer research center in California. It was there that I visited him and was astounded to learn that he wasn’t on any narcotics. Instead, he  used self-hypnosis to manage his pain. Part of his treatment included visualization exercises where he, being a former Green Beret, literally did “war games” in his mind to destroy tumors in his lungs and bones. He lived another 26 years and passed from a heart attack.

I established the Brigham Hypnosis Center in 1987—I needed to be a part of this. As an ICU nurse, my job there help my patients heal the physical body. As a hypnotherapist, I felt it was my calling to do intensive care of the entire spirit. I was first certified as a clinical hypnotherapist by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners to pursue my mission of helping others overcome habits and behaviors that were crippling their lives. 

Along the way, I was the keynote speaker at the 1993 International Conference of The American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. The tapes of that speech on Sexual Addiction soared to  #1 in sales at the conference. Later, I became affiliated with the National Guild of Hypnotists, where I’m currently a Board Certified Hypnotherapist and instructor.

Moving forward, I want to continue serving others through hypnotherapy. I deeply believe in what I’m doing. Some of the results are like “miracles on demand.”

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How Well Does Hypnotherapy Work?

Hypnosis is a scientifically verified and effective way to create desired changes in behavior and encourage mental and physical well-being. The American Medical Association endorsed it as an effective way to modify behavior since 1958. Additionally, the American Psychiatric Association has endorsed it as a therapeutic procedure since 1961. Moreover, a study done by Dr. Barrios, Ph.D. found hypnotherapy was much more effective than its counterparts. He found that “…for psychoanalysis we can expect a recovery rate of 38% after approximately 600 sessions. For Wolpian therapy [a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy] we can expect a recovery rate of 72% after an average of 22 sessions, and for hypnotherapy, we can expect a recovery rate of 93% after an average of 6 sessions.” Source: Barrios, Ph.D., (1970), Hypnotherapy, A Reappraisal, Theory, Research, and Practice 7(1) 2-7

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