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Del Morrill, M.S. C.C.H


A Center for Counseling & Hypnosis
Tacoma, Washington, USA
(253) 752-1506

Stress and Pain: Leaving it all behind


I’m under a lot of pressure at work.

The people I am working with are driving me crazy!

I’m stressed out by our family situation.

I’ve had chronic pain for years, but there seems 
to be no help for it.

I am allergic to anesthetics; how do I deal with this problem?

Can hypnosis help?

How do stress and pain relate?

Stress and pain have a lot in common. They often feed on each other, like a vicious circle. Simplistically put, pain causes stress, the stress causes pain, the pain causes a reaction, which in turn causes stress, which causes more pain, and so cycle continues. Chronic stress becomes chronic pain; chronic pain causes chronic stress.

So, how can hypnosis help?

Hypnosis helps to break the stress/pain cycle. When one experiences pain, there is the tendency to make it worse by tensing up the muscles, which then causes more pain. One of the things hypnosis can do is to help you learn to relax those muscles and redirect the pain in a constructive and less invasive way.

Why has "stress" become such an issue?

Stress, in and of itself, is not a problem. It is a normal response, called "fight or flight", which happens when faced with some tension-filled situation. The issue comes when the stress is unrelenting. The usual body defenses eventually have no way to "recuperate" in order to assist you when you face challenges, illness or other possible dangers.

Stress-related problems that respond to hypnosis:
Pain Management Depression
Anxiety Fatigue
Communication Forgiveness
Grief and Loss Insomnia
Health Issues Life Transitions
Relationships Speech Problems

What some of our clients now say:

"The relief of tension which the sessions gave me enabled me to go through a very stressful time with a minimum of irritability."

"My blood pressure has come way down, and I no longer have headaches."

"I used the tape a lot before going through my back surgery, and afterwards. I healed quickly, and with very little pain."

"My husband is now able to take half the pain medication he was taking before he began using the hypnosis tape."

"Within just a month I was free from pain for the first time in two years. I felt an exuberance and excitement about life that I hadn’t had for a long time."






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