If you’ve found this page, you probably don’t need me to tell you that PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a medical term that binds together a wide variety of symptoms, specifically:

  • The witnessing of an event involving death, threatened death or serious injury, causing intense fear, helplessness or horror.
  • The experiencing of recurrent intrusive images, thoughts or dreams.
  • Hyper-vigilance and exaggerated startle response.
  • A sense of reliving the event or intense mental or physical distress when something triggers (often unconscious) associations with the event, such as significant anniversaries, hearing a particular sound, the sensation of intense bodily heat etc.
  • Persistent avoidance of anything associated with the trauma, such as thoughts, feelings, activities, places or people.
  • Amnesia for aspects of the event.
  • A sense of detachment.
  • Loss of warm feeling.
  • Loss of interest in life.
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep.
  • Irritability and outbursts of anger.
  • Difficulty in concentrating.

I’m not medically trained or qualified to diagnose, and nowadays I can’t even claim to be able to help, but I’ve had a lot of experience working with people with various combinations of these symptoms. I think being an ex-police officer has been helpful in attracting people who are suffering with this, coming so often as they do from a service background. However, the symptoms that comprise PTSD can affect anybody from any walk of life, and I’m interested in helping anyone with this problem, because I know how devastating it can be.

Using Cognitive Hypnotherapy, I work on the basis that PTSD is caused by the brains inability to process a harrowing event, which leads to the variety of presenting problems that are actually attempts to cope with the shock. I have a number of techniques that I’ve found very effective in enabling the brain to come to terms with the sensitising event, and they don’t involve reliving the trauma. Often my clients experience an improvement within 2 or 3 sessions, although obviously treatment times vary from person to person, and I’m not promising miracles. Recent changes in the Advertising Standards Agency guidelines demand evidence that an approach works. Unfortunately the evidence they require is beyond the capacity of an individual to deliver, which means increasingly the options of sufferers are going to be limited to those approaches with the best funding – like CBT. My position is that no single approach has all the answers, and people should be free to explore other approaches when the officially evidenced ones haven’t worked for them. So, I can provide no evidence that this approach works – but if it doesn’t I wouldn’t charge you, so it’s not much of a scam.

The first session is likely to involve me gaining an in depth understanding of your symptom pattern, so I can design the best approach to bring you relief in the shortest possible time. From this information I will be able to create a Wordweaving download for you to listen to after session two. In this session we’ll actively work on the thoughts and images to release the emotions that are driving your responses. Subsequent sessions will depend on the pace of your improvement.

If that sounds interesting, and you’re prepared to work with me to re-educate your brain so it can let go of its response to your shock, then I’d really like to hear from you.