About Brigham Hypnosis Center

Find Purpose in Your Life Through Hypnotherapy


Martha Wilkes Harrison



Hello, I’m Martha!

My 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 learned and used self-hypnosis practices to manage his pain. Part of his treatment included visualization exercises to help combat his cancer. After a few months, he was able to return home cancer-free. 

That’s why I established the Brigham Hypnosis Center in 1987—I needed to be a part of this. Previously, as an ICU nurse, my job was to take care of just the physical body. But now I felt it was my calling to do intensive care of the entire soul. So I became certified as a consulting 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 became a leading voice in the fight against addiction and was the keynote speaker at the 1993 International Conference on Sexual Addiction. The tapes of that speech 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. But I also know there are others out there who share my passion for helping people. Because of that, I want to share my knowledge with those who will also find this work deeply fulfilling.

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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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