Testimonials

Testimonials


These are the true stories of Forces' Veterans who have received help from PTSD Resolution. We have used initials rather than real names for confidentiality where the Veteran has requested this.
  • IG, Service in Kosovo, Iraq & Jordan.

    "Having treatment with PTSD Resolution has taught me that my PTSD was a normal response to some very difficult and traumatic experiences. I have really benefited from the psychoeducation about PTSD and I have a much better awareness of this condition.

    "Since completing the treatment, I feel 110% better. My physical health has improved, I have a better appetite and I am motivated to exercise. The relationships with both my family and friends have improved because I have a much more positive outlook on life. I also feel more in control of my life, both inside and outside of the home. I have also learned lots of tools and strategies to deal with any symptoms, should they return."

    "Yes, I would definitely recommend PTSD Resolution to others."


  • KS, Service in Iraq & N. Ireland.

    "My traumatic event occurred while deployed in Iraq, but it took about five years for me to feel any symptoms. In fact, it was only when I left the army and had split up with my wife that I noticed something was wrong. I was having flashbacks and nightmares and struggled to cope with everyday life. My ex-wife did some research online and found PTSD Resolution who I soon contacted.

    "Since receiving treatment, I don't get any flashbacks or nightmares and I am able to deal with things that I could not have dealt with before. I really feel back to normal and can get on with my life again.

    "PTSD Resolution's approach is different. You work through everything at your own pace and don't have to talk about the events that you have experienced. They replay in your mind, but it is done in a controlled way. I would definitely recommend them to others. You do a great job, thank you very much!"


  • ND, Daughter of a Veteran.

    "My father was a World War Two veteran and suffered from PTSD and alcohol dependency, both of which went unrecognised for years. This had a massive negative impact on me and my family and has done for over forty years. Fortunately, my father sought help and found some peace before he died.

    "Over the years, I have tried various therapies to rid myself of panic attacks, low self-esteem, low confidence, and feelings of worthlessness, confusion and anger. These therapies included counselling from the Samaritans, NLP and hypnosis to try and remove the old patterns of thoughts and to re-wire my brain. I have also used various means to adapt and cope with these feelings, from illness and OCD, to excuses and hiding away at home feeling totally paralysed, just longing to feel safe.

    "Although the NLP and hypnosis helped, my confidence started to go again and the anxiety was showing up in different ways which I didn't recognize at the time. My long-term relationship broke up, which left me with feelings of hopelessness and detachment from daily life. I would cry most days, with past issues resurrecting themselves. I felt totally overwhelmed.

    "I found PTSD Resolution on Facebook and they have been brilliant from day one. I called them one day, was seen the next, and then every week by a wonderful therapist. She had a very calming approach and helped me to immediately find a feeling of safety and calm. Every week the treatment with my therapist allowed me to rewire and heal. The treatment is incredibly powerful and a great way to release deep-seated issues, while also providing a great sense of peace and relief, leaving me with the knowledge that all is finally okay.

    "Since receiving treatment from PTSD Resolution, the OCD no longer controls me. I no longer have the need to use illness as a safety mechanism for fear, and my migraines have improved. Overall, I feel a better version of me now, making better choices with healthier and clearer thinking. The knowledge gleaned from my therapist has given me an unstoppable confidence and a purpose. It has really allowed my dreams to become a reality, knowing that the only thing that is going to stand in my way is me - if I let it.

    "Now, I feel wonderful to be alive. I feel joy, peace, freedom, gratitude and a certainty that all is well and good. Thank you, PTSD Resolution, for the wonderful service that you offer. Lives will be saved, families will be saved, and amazing things will happen! I have also recommended PTSD Resolution to other veterans."


  • RB. Cyprus, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia

    "I am writing on the back of the last six therapy sessions I have had with your colleague R. When I first went to her, I was a shadow of the person I am three months down the line, after her assistance and help. She is a no frills , says it as it is, and has restored me as a person with self belief, and confidence to deal with PTSD, and the triggers it has. I have learned to control my emotions, my anger, desperation. And feel human again. Regained self respect and belief in myself. What was then was then , now is now.
    Please pass on my eternal gratitude to her, she has put my life back on course."


  • JP, Veteran in Prison.

    "I have just completed therapy with PTSD Resolution while in prison and wanted to write a few words to explain how I have benefitted from these sessions.

    "When I met my therapist for the first session, my head was all over the place, there were so many things going on inside it. Although I'm a naturally positive person, I was also becoming very negative due to despondency and frustration. But, straightway, I found my therapist to be a very calming influence. We spent some time talking about my frustrations and what was going on in my life at that time.

    "As the sessions progressed, my therapist helped me to focus on the existing skills that I already had. By concentrating on these, alongside her help and advice, I've been able to get my life back on track and I'm in a much better place, overall.

    "I've already recommended PTSD Resolution to other veteran friends in the prison and, hopefully, they will get as much out of the sessions as I have."


  • JL, Partner of Veteran.

    "My husband left the Army in 2010, just before we became a couple and three years before we got married. At the time of our marriage, I knew that he could be angry, but I was not prepared for a future with PTSD. Life quickly became a rollercoaster of highs and lows. My husband would punch the furniture, storm out and refuse to talk to me about his problems. He also threatened me with divorce and told me he was suicidal. One day, I broke down and told my husband that I needed counselling to cope with all of this. He came along with me and ended up seeing the counsellor himself. Things improved for a little while but when they rapidly deteriorated again, I sought help from his Army friends.

    "I was aware of PTSD through my work and was lucky enough to access some training to help me better understand its impact. We also sought help from Combat Stress but when I heard about PTSD Resolution and its unique approach, I convinced my husband to ask them for help.

    "My husband and I completed a course of therapy together and then I completed a course on my own. My therapist was brilliant, she was patient, calm and empathetic to the point that I knew I could trust her from the very beginning. She didn't pressure me in any way or try to direct our sessions. I can't thank her enough.

    "Living with PTSD can make you question your very self but the sessions I received gave me a voice again. I now understand PTSD more and how it affects my husband's behaviour. My husband's PTSD has less of an impact on our marriage and our family than it did before and I have learned to accept certain behaviours for what they are. In turn, this has created a calmer and happier home environment. I now find time with my family very precious and I want to spend as much of it together as possible.

    "I would absolutely recommend PTSD Resolution to others. It was a safe place to talk and made me valued and listened to."


  • AH, Service in Iraq & Afghanistan.

    "I was having sleepless nights, flashbacks, paranoia and feelings of severe burnout when a friend gave m a leaflet about PTSD Resolution. I was already having some treatment through the NHS but decided to contact PTSDR anyway.

    "After six sessions of treatment, I am feeling much better. I recommend anyone with similar symptoms to contact them and get help straight away. The therapy from PTSD Resolution has been a massive help in my recovery. Thank you!"


  • CF, Service in Iraq.

    "Despite an early recognition of my PTSD symptoms during a tour in Iraq, Army psychological treatment was very brief and ultimately ineffective. I returned to the front line (as a trauma medic) within one week. After returning home, I had several unsuccessful attempts at treatment and my symptoms escalated to the point that I left the Army.

    "My emotional lack of wellbeing started to impact on my new career. To cope with the stress, I returned to the familiar methods of self-harm and overdose. Thankfully, I was referred to a Mental Health Nurse who quickly realised that my symptoms and previous traumatic experiences were too much for her to manage appropriately and effectively. She then referred me to PTSD Resolution.

    "Initially, I was very sceptical. I felt as though I had been passed on to another health professional who was, no doubt, extremely unfamiliar with the realities of conflict. I also really disliked the thought of watching my new therapist's face as I disclosed my intrusive thoughts and personal experiences as an Army medic. I imagined it would fill this person with disgust.

    "Thankfully, I was paired with a very experienced therapist. We quickly developed an excellent relationship with which we could identify the areas that were really troubling me. We worked together to find suitable strategies to combat my anxiety and other symptoms. We even worked on the traumatic experiences which bothered me the most.

    "Thanks to the professionalism and expertise of PTSD Resolution, I was provided with a comprehensive support package throughout my treatment. Contact numbers, emails and reading materials were all made available to me, and I found this very comforting.

    "I personally believe that PTSD Resolution and my therapist have gone above and beyond to provide me with the necessary tools and support so that I can enjoy a permanent recovery and make plans for my life ahead. I am now in such a positive place and I am eternally grateful to you for that. Thank you."


  • EH, Service in Bosnia, N. Ireland & Afghanistan.

    "I first noticed something was wrong after I got back from my most recent tour of Afghanistan. I couldn't stop thinking about some of the traumatic events I'd experienced. Initially, I kept things to myself, only mentioning to my wife that I felt bothered by my thoughts. It took another four years before I reached out to an organisation for help. "PTSD Resolution were recommended to me by a friend. I sent them an email and they got back to me straightaway which was very reassuring. Their therapy has taught me how to relax and enabled me to bring my symptoms under control. I would highly recommend them to others.""



  • JB, Service in the Falklands, Canada, N. Ireland & Germany.

    ""Before treatment, I felt as though I lived under a black cloud with nobody to turn to and nobody to understand me. After receiving therapy from PTSD Resolution, however, I now feel more outgoing, more positive and like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I no longer suffer from flashbacks, nightmares and I am so much more motivated than I used to be. "I would 100% recommend PTSD Resolution to others. The experience is informal, private and so easy going."

  • PJ, Service in N. Ireland and Kuwait.

    "My treatment with PTSD Resolution has helped me to relax and to feel less tense and stressed. I've learned some useful coping strategies and my relationships have definitely improved. "While I initially felt hesitant about contacting PTSD Resolution, I'm so glad that I did. You just have to cross the threshold and go for it. I have already recommended this service to other veterans - it is exactly what we needed years ago."


  • DJ, Wife of a Veteran.

    "I received therapy from PTSD Resolution alongside my husband and it has had a hugely positive effect on our relationship and on our lives, more generally. I feel much calmer than before and see things more clearly. I am also going out more, seeing my friends more often and just feeling so much happier than I used to. I also feel a lot closer to my husband. "I would certainly recommend PTSD Resolution to others. Looking back, I would say it gets worse before it gets better but if you stick with it, the results are unbelievable."


  • SW, Service in Iraq.

    "Before my treatment with PTSD Resolution, I suffered from nightmares, flashbacks and I had experienced a complete psychotic breakdown. But PTSD Resolution has changed my life. Writing this, I am almost in tears because the weight has finally been lifted! I am free from flashbacks, I have reconciled with my parents and I'm getting on great with my wife and children.

    "I have already recommended PTSD Resolution to a number of ex-service personnel, especially to those who are weary about coming forward. I was nervous at first but my therapist was great and really put my mind at ease. Huge thanks to everyone at PTSD Resolution. You have saved my life, never forget that!"


  • IP, Service in N. Ireland, Iraq & Afghanistan.

    "My traumatic experience occurred while on tour in Afghanistan in 2009 and the symptoms started not long after I got back. The memories got worse and worse, my drinking became heavier and I closed myself off from my friends and family. I also suffered from suicidal thoughts and, at one point, I even went AWOL. I eventually went back to work and told a nurse all about my state of mind. She told my Commanding Officer and, through him, I had some treatment which included EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). This didn't really help so I contacted Combat Stress who never got back to me.

    "It was my wife who found about PTSD Resolution and they arranged treatment for me on the same day as I called. I was really worried that I would have to describe my experiences in detail (and so relive them) just like I did with the EMDR. But this treatment was so different: my therapist never pushed me and I felt so much calmer. I especially liked the Guided Imagery, it helped me to concentrate and make the most of the Rewind technique.

    "When I first came to PTSD Resolution, I couldn't concentrate, couldn't maintain my train of thought and couldn't think of anything but my traumatic events. Now, I am completely different. You have really cleared my head and helped me to get back on track with my family. I would definitely recommend PTSD Resolution to others."

  • SS, Service in the Gulf, Iraq & N. Ireland.

    "My PTSD stems from a traumatic experience during service in the Gulf in 1991. It wasn't until 1994 when I left the Army, however, that I really noticed any symptoms. Over time, the symptoms became worse and I turned to a healing organisation for help. I got some respite for a while but it didn't last.

    "It was the National Gulf Veterans Family Association who put me in touch with PTSD Resolution and I can honestly say that their treatment has been great because it works! While I can't really describe the treatment process, I can say that it has been an enormous help to me because I am so much calmer now and am really getting on well with my family and friends. Life is so much better now the rage has gone."

    "I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at PTSD Resolution and my only regret is that I didn't hear about this service sooner!"

  • AH, Service in the Gulf, Bosnia and Kosovo.

    "When I first met with a therapist from PTSD Resolution, I was really skeptical about the treatment and its effectiveness. But, after two sessions, I slept through the night for the first time in years. As the treatment progressed, I was able to talk about my past experiences without feeling any trauma or negative emotions.

    "I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at PTSD Resolution and my only regret is that I didn't hear about this service sooner!"

  • DS, Service in N. Ireland & the Gulf.

    "I experienced several traumatic events during my military career. The first of these was during Basic Training but I had further traumas while on active duty in Northern Ireland and the Gulf. I didn't develop the symptoms of PTSD until many years later. In fact, it was during my work in counselling others that my PTSD was triggered.

    "I first reached out to the NHS and the Ministry of Defence for help but found neither of these services to be of any use . Luckily, the National Gulf Veterans and Families Association put me in touch with PTSD Resolution and treatment began soon after.

    "PTSD Resolution uses the Human Givens Approach and I really believe that this is the best way of dealing with trauma experienced by veterans. I have experience with other forms of therapy and counselling and these have only exacerbated the symptoms. But my treatment with PTSD Resolution has had a real effect: I have become more assertive and more open and my relationships with others have improved. I can better express myself and I really feel that my self-confidence and self-awareness have improved. This treatment has given me the skills I need to get my life back on track. I now feel good and I have chosen (and can envision) a new future for myself.

    "I highly recommend PTSD Resolution to other veterans. It really is effective because it deals with the present instead of dredging up the past. My only complaint is that not enough people known about PTSD Resolution and their therapy. I hope they can reach out to more people who are suffering."

  • MP, Service in Bosnia, Kosovo, N. Ireland and Afghanistan.

    "When I called PTSD Resolution, I was in a really bad way and had already developed a plan for suicide. PTSD Resolution were really quick to act: within 24 hours, they had put me in touch a local therapist and my treatment began. In my mind, I was pretty sceptical because I didn't think that my therapist, a person with no military experience whatsoever, could really understood where I was coming from. Looking back, I can't believe how wrong I was!

    "In our first meeting, my therapist explained the Human Givens approach to me and the Rewind technique. She also identified nine traumas from my military career. At this point, I was still thinking that it wasn't worth it and that I should end my life. But, with each appointment, I noticed how much better I felt. I still have good and bad days, as every person does, but my therapist has given me the skills to cope with difficult situations.

    "My wife and I both believe that the treatment provided by PTSD Resolution is the best available. Without PTSD Resolution, there would certainly be more suicides and I, for one, would not be here now. I have come a very long way and will hopefully continue to get better. I urge anyone who is thinking about contacting PTSD Resolution to go for it. Don't suffer in silence!"

  • JP, Wife of a Veteran.

    "I attended therapy with my husband, a veteran, when the therapist noticed that I too was suffering with depression and was struggling with my emotions and difficult events. The therapist referred me for therapy which began almost immediately.

    "The traumas I had experienced were extremely personal to me and had really troubled me for years. But the therapist was so understanding and so easy to talk to that I found it easy to open up to her. I struggled during some parts of the therapy but, every time, my therapist supported me so that I could carry on. She also gave me some amazing coping techniques.

    "I am just going through the anniversary of one of my traumas and this is the first year that I have been able to deal with it and actually have a good day. I cannot thank my therapist and PTSD Resolution enough. I finally see a way forward, for myself and my family."

  • JF, Service in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan..

    "After having served in the Army for 24 years, I experienced a number of traumatic experiences which, I believe, caused me to experience a wide range of negative symptoms. After speaking with PTSD Resolution, they put me in touch with a local therapist who quickly identified my needs and focussed my therapy accordingly.

    "I completed a course of six sessions and can honestly say that each session was calm and relaxed, despite the traumatic experiences we discussed. I finished each of the sessions feeling better than when I started. So far, I've not had a single flashback nor have I had any problems with anxiety or sleeplessness. Even better, I have a range of skills to help me cope with anxiety, depression and any stressful situations which I might encounter in the future.

    "Overall, my life has changed significantly and I thank my therapist and PTSD Resolution for this positive change. I only wish I had accessed this therapy sooner!"

  • MP, Veteran. .

    "Earlier this year, my daughter contacted PTSD Resolution about the PTSD issues that I have had for a very long time. They arranged for me to have three sessions with a local therapist, the first and last of which were essentially the preparation and wrap-up of the main session.

    I honestly cannot believe that the trauma I have carried around for fifty years was cured in a single, one-hour session. Incredible!"

  • MM, Service in Northern Ireland.

    "Before receiving treatment from PTSD Resolution, I can honestly say that my life was not my own because I felt isolated and anxious all the time. But the process of treatment has helped me to get back on track and I feel so much better. My life has undergone a complete turnaround!

    "Would I recommend PTSD Resolution to another sufferer? Yes, I can honestly say that their therapy can turn night into day!"

  • MW, Service in Iraq and Somalia.

    "The treatment I received from PTSD Resolution has enabled me to express the thoughts and feelings that were previously buried inside me. My relationships are better than before and I have learned how to step back from a situation before getting wound up and angry. My therapist also taught me some relaxation techniques which have helped immensely.

    "Compared with my past experience of counselling, the treatment from PTSD Resolution is so much better. I really connected with my therapist and I really thank her for helping me. I definitely recommend this service!"

  • CW, Service in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan

    "I first noticed that things were not okay back in 2012. I was not a very nice person and my GP told me to go to anger management but I ignored this advice because I knew that group work was not for me. Later on, my wife heard about PTSD Resolution and I got in touch. The great thing about this service is that it lets you talk freely to someone who is impartial and understands both the difficulties associated with military life as well as general emotional problems. My therapist was not at all judgemental and I really feel that more people should know about this invaluable service."
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  • JC, Wife of a Veteran.

    "I became aware of the impact of my trauma about fifteen years ago but I didn't seek any help. Back then, I had bad dreams and felt emotional and very muddled, as though I was going round and round in circles.

    "I came across PTSD Resolution when I saw their stand in my local town. Thanks to their treatment, my symptoms have gone and I have direction in my life for the first time in many years. I would heartily recommend them to anyone."

    JC, Wife of a Veteran.

  • RC, Service in Northern. Ireland.

    "My traumatic event took place in Germany in 1982 when I was beaten up and bullied by some other squaddies. At that time I did not feel able to talk about what happened with my chain of command nor was I offered any help or support. It was in 1986 that I started to notice a problem: I felt anxious in social situations and I became angry and aggressive when people around me were noisy.

    "Thanks to PTSD Resolution, I have learned that it not always my fault when things go wrong. I have also learned more about myself and how to better manage certain situations so that I am able to cope. It was really good to have someone to talk to and who I felt was on my side. As such, I would definitely recommend PTSD Resolution."

  • HM, Service in Northern. Ireland & Bosnia.

    "I knew there was something wrong when I returned from service in Northern Ireland. I tried to carry on as normal and not talk about it, like other soldiers, but I had regular flashbacks and couldn't bear anything to do with the Army, even though my husband was still a serving member. Things were so bad that I have been known to hide under the table when a car backfired. Finally, a few years ago, I realised that I had PTSD.

    "Getting in touch with PTSD Resolution was easy and the initial assessment wasn't too intense. After this, I was quickly assigned a therapist who has really helped me to regain control over my life. I don't feel anxious anymore nor do I have any flashbacks or triggers. In fact, I have even attended a memorial service and though I felt some emotion, it was not traumatic in any way. I would definitely recommend PTSD Resolution to others in my situation."

  • AND, Service in Northern Ireland, Falklands, Bosnia

    "The PTSD counselling I received has been of great help. I hadn't sought any support since leaving the Forces with un-addressed issues from service in Northern Ireland and Bosnia. 'We didn't dig deep into events that I have carried for 25+ years but C's explanations of how the mind works to trick us into overplaying past, or unlikely future events, together with breathing and distraction techniques have given me the ability to control some of those negative emotions.

    "C's calm manner in guiding me through moments of breakdown mid-session gave some immediate success in mastering those emotions. 'Traumatic events outside those experienced in the Forces include a near-fatal motorbike crash, a stabbing and watching my mother die.

    "The techniques I learnt during those (the therapy) sessions helped me address all of them. 'Shortly before starting the 6 counselling sessions I also had a return to Faith. C gave encouragement with that including useful visual techniques for times of prayer.

    "Despite experiencing one of the lowest periods of my life to date, December 2015 is the first month in over 25 years that I haven't harbored thoughts of suicide. 'I know I'm not out of the woods yet, but I'm sure by combining my faith with the techniques and lessons from C that the dark days will be less and less."

  • AN, Service in Northern Ireland and Bosnia.

    "In the past I have kept things to myself and found some things very hard to deal with.

    "When I left the army things started to go drastically wrong. My wife left me and this made things worse. I started to behave recklessly and although I managed to keep a job nothing else in my life was working well and I knew I had to do something.
    I searched the Internet for help and found the phone number for PTSDR.

    "The lady I spoke to was very kind and I was quickly referred to a counselor who seemed to understand everything and made it easy for me to talk. I had never shared these experiences with anyone before and that was a big thing for me but now I can discuss them easily. In fact I seem to be able to help others who hold things in. I would never have believed I could have been helped in this way but now I know there is away through and I would definitely recommend it to others.

    "The service is first class and the only suggestion for improvement I could make would be to go to the regiment with the information about what can be done. It is difficult to admit that you need help and this way help might be more acceptable and get to people more quickly.".

  • CL, Service in Afghanistan

    "My traumatic event occurred in Afghanistan in March 2012. I didn't seek help from my GP until the following year when I was prescribed some pills. At first, these took the edge off my symptoms but, over time, they had a demotivating effect on me. It was really scary not knowing what was happening to me.

    "It was my mum who found about PTSD Resolution via Google. I'd had some counselling before (through my GP) and I found it very patronising so I was a little hesitant at first. But as soon as I had the first session, I knew this type of treatment was different. The treatment hasn't just improved my PTSD but my entire life. I have the confidence to make changes and I have learned so much about my behaviour and relationships. I used to spend all my time in bed or in my shed, hiding away from people, but I'm now planning on going travelling - that's how much things have changed.

    "I would definitely recommend PTSD Resolution to others with PTSD. It has been an emotional rollercoaster at times but I feel clear-headed now, my stress levels have reduced and I'm much happier. At first, I thought this treatment was a 'fluke' but now I realise that it really does work and things just keep getting better and better!" .

  • KC, Service in the Falklands.

    "I experienced some traumatic events while serving on a hospital ship in the Falklands in 1982. When I came home, I felt as though something was missing and that normal life felt strange. I had sweats during the night and when the nearby Marine base did test firing, I used to shake and find it impossible to settle. My wife picked up on these strange reactions but neither her nor myself realised that they were the symptoms of PTSD.

    "While I had counselling on my return from the Falklands, I found it useless. They just kept asking me what happened and how I felt about it. They also insisted on having my wife and children present at the sessions and I thought this was inappropriate because my children were too young to understand and my wife wasn't on tour so asking about her feelings seemed senseless.

    "I found about PTSD Resolution at a shopping centre in Coventry. I got chatting with a man who was collecting on behalf of the charity and he suggested that I get in touch. I found the treatment with PTSD Resolution to be a great help. My therapist has taught me a number of techniques which have helped me to relax and sleep better. I've also really benefited from the Rewind Technique because it has enabled me to resolve all the existing conflict in my mind.

    "I would recommend PTSD Resolution without a doubt. I cannot think of anything more they can do and I thank them sincerely!"

  • MT, Service in Falklands, Caribbean, West Africa.

    "I developed PTSD whilst at sea in March 2016 where I witnessed the death of a crew member. While I wasn't pro-counselling, I was advised to seek help for my symptoms from a nurse and several friends recommended PTSD Resolution to me. I called the helpline and received an appointment almost immediately.

    "Meeting my therapist for the first time was a bit daunting as I wasn't sure what would happen but she made me feel calm and relaxed straightaway. After that, the sessions became easier and easier and I always left my therapist feeling much better than when I went in. This type of treatment was not at all what I expected. I can talk freely without being judged and I have learned new methods to help cope with my symptoms.

    "I am not 100% better but I am moving forward with my life after feeling incredibly low. I am making plans for the future and would definitely recommend PTSD Resolution to other people who have experienced trauma."

  • AW,Service in Iraq x2.

    I have had 6 sessions and to start with was a little worried about how I would deal with it, However I was made to feel comfortable and was able to talk when I have not been able to in the past reference my PTSD issues. As I continued to carry on with the sessions I started to relax more and could pretty much talk to him about anything. I still have issues however I am a totally different person now so I would 100% recommend therapy for anyone that has troubles in their lives. I am now in a totally better place now than what I was before I started therapy so I cant thank my therapist enough for his help with dealing with me and my problems.
    SS, N. Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq x2, Afghanistan

    I'd just like to say a huge thank you for the work you've done with me over the last couple of months. I'm very clear in my mind that without your help I would not be in the position I find myself today.
    The treatment you gave has allowed me to put years of issues with PTSD behind me: my sleep is better, I no longer feel uncomfortable when thinking about the incidents and I no longer feel the guilt associated with being the one who made it back to Germany physically unscathed. My actions then cannot be changed by me wishing it now – sometimes these things just happen and I did everything possible at that time and under those circumstances.

    Without doubt, being able to receive treatment that fitted around my "normal" life was a huge benefit. When I approached Combat Stress, their only solution seemed to be their residential scheme. I am sure this is an effective treatment, but for those people with a job to maintain and family to support, 6 weeks away is not an option. Through PTSD Resolution funding my sessions with you, we were able to fit around my day and for that I thank you enormously.

    Just that simple act lowered the stress levels in getting treatment! Your approach to my treatment was frankly brilliant. I always had full confidence in you and left every session feeling a step closer to the goal. As well as relieving the PTSD symptoms, you've helped me deal with the everyday stresses of life in a much more composed way. My therapist really noticed the difference the other day when I lost my wallet – it was really annoying but I didn't fly off the handle! It just went down as one of life's little annoyances that there is no point in dwelling on.

    I would wholeheartedly recommend any ex-service member, or anyone else, suffering with PTSD to take the leap and get treatment. You and PTSD Resolution have enabled me to turn around my life, and my family's lives, for the better. Thank you.

  • SK, Service in, Northern. Ireland

    The PTSD counselling I received has been of great help. I hadn't sought any support since leaving the Forces with un-addressed issues from service in Northern Ireland and Bosnia.

    'We didn't dig deep into events that I have carried for 25+ years but C's explanations of how the mind works to trick us into overplaying past, or unlikely future events, together with breathing and distraction techniques have given me the ability to control some of those negative emotions.

    'C's calm manner in guiding me through moments of breakdown mid-session gave some immediate success in mastering those emotions.

    'Traumatic events outside those experienced in the Forces include a near-fatal motorbike crash, a stabbing and watching my mother die. The techniques I learnt during those (the therapy) sessions helped me address all of them.

    'Shortly before starting the 6 counselling sessions I also had a return to Faith. C gave encouragement with that including useful visual techniques for times of prayer.

    'Despite experiencing one of the lowest periods of my life to date, December 2015 is the first month in over 25 years that I haven't harbored thoughts of suicide.

    'I know I'm not out of the woods yet, but I'm sure by combining my faith with the techniques and lessons from C that the dark days will be less and less.

    In short here is a summary of time before and after therapy/drugs (anti-depressants).

    I finally broke down on 17/11/2015, where upon I spoke to a knowledgeable friend who put me in touch with PTSD Resolution.

    At this point I was drinking to excess in order to sleep, then not sleeping anyway. I had no attention span to speak of. My behavior was a nightmare for my wife to live with as I was snappy, jumpy and never getting anything done.

    My days were spent rushing round at ninety hoping for the day to end, only to find myself dreading going to bed as sleep, when it came was full of dreams/flashbacks which would wake me up, and so it went on.

    Therapy gave me a standpoint from where I could observe myself and my behaviors, analyse them and reduce the bad ones. This directly affected my day to day actions and improved my relationships. I was approachable and conversational as opposed to challenging and neurotic beforehand.

    Therapy and/or drugs now enable me to sleep well and wake up to enjoy each day, not argue and clash with everything as previously.

    There are always challenges in my day to day life, be it at home or at work. Now however the little things which would wind me up and spoil my day or shift or create an explosion are now dealt with, with no negative consequences. As time goes by my coping method works faster and faster and sometimes without notice. This is a massive benefit.

    I have experienced 2 spells of waking very early (uncharacteristically) but only by waking up early, no nightmares or flashbacks involved and these have had a positive affect on my life, not detrimental at all.

    The conversations from my therapy were at the forefront of my psyche, but are now becoming part of my sub-conscious, and are working very well for me.
    My therapist has been a massive help to me, my wife and career by way of her expertise in sorting out a mess that I thought was unfathomable.

    So from me and my family a big, big thank you to my therapist, PTSD Resolution and my friend who put me in touch.

  • PC, Service in Northern Ireland.
    "My PTSD began when I was on active service in Northern Ireland in 1983. I didn't seek help for many years and when I did, I turned to Combat Stress. They provided me with a two-week residential stay but it didn't help me in the slightest.

    "It was my daughter who found about PTSD Resolution and told me all about it. I knew I had to give it a go, for my family as well as for myself. Once I began therapy, my mind became clearer and I felt able to cope much better on a daily basis. I am spending more time with my family too and they now want to spend time with me.

    The traumatic memories haven't completely gone but my therapist has taught me a number of strategies to deal with them and I am also able to identify my stress triggers. "I knew things were getting better when, one day, my son asked my wife what was wrong with me. She said "nothing" and asked him why, to which he replied: "He's smiling!" That just about sums it up as my son hadn't seen me smile in years! "I would recommend PTSD Resolution to anyone. Their therapist achieved more in one session than Combat Stress did in two weeks!"
  • CL, Service in Afghanistan.
    "My traumatic event occurred in Afghanistan in March 2012. I didn't seek help from my GP until the following year when I was prescribed some pills. At first, these took the edge off my symptoms but, over time, they had a demotivating effect on me. It was really scary not knowing what was happening to me.

    "It was my mum who found about PTSD Resolution via Google. I'd had some counselling before (through my GP) and I found it very patronising so I was a little hesitant at first. But as soon as I had the first session, I knew this type of treatment was different. The treatment hasn't just improved my PTSD but my entire life. I have the confidence to make changes and I have learned so much about my behaviour and relationships. I used to spend all my time in bed or in my shed, hiding away from people, but I'm now planning on going travelling - that's how much things have changed.

    "I would definitely recommend PTSD Resolution to others with PTSD. It has been an emotional rollercoaster at times but I feel clear-headed now, my stress levels have reduced and I'm much happier. At first, I thought this treatment was a 'fluke' but now I realise that it really does work and things just keep getting better and better!"
  • MR, Service in Belize, Namibia, Yugoslavia, Kuwait.
    " After experiencing an abusive childhood and several traumatic events during my Army career, I have sought help from a number of organisations, including the Warrior Programme, with very little success. In fact, the services often created more problems than they solved. As a result, I have often contemplated suicide because it seemed like the only way of ending my suffering.

    "I found about PTSD Resolution via Facebook and I am very glad that I contacted them and began therapy. While I acknowledge that there is still some sadness in my life, I am in a state of positivity that I never thought would return. My sleep is so much better, too, and I'm finally enjoying my family life.

    "I would very much recommend PTSD Resolution to anyone who has been through the hell of trauma. I also believe that this service should be better recognised in society, alongside the plight of servicemen and women with PTSD."
  • WC, Service in the Falklands, N. Ireland.
    "In 2007, I was diagnosed with PTSD after dealing with a suicide incident in my role as a police officer. I received treatment through the police force but it wasn't effective because I knew there was an underlying issue. I suspect this dated from my army career in the 1980s. As a result, I had a breakdown in 2013. At this time, I hit my lowest point and felt totally isolated and helpless.

    "A few months later, I found about PTSD Resolution. When I called them, I felt as though they couldn't help me but their efficiency convinced me otherwise: I was rapidly put into contact with my local therapist who became my guiding light. Since treatment, I now feel happy, valued and that I can cope with anything that life throws at me.

    "I hope that PTSD Resolution keeps up this great work - not just for me but for all ex-servicemen and women, past and present. You all do a fantastic job and I owe PTSD Resolution and my therapist more than they know."
  • PH Service in, Iraq, Bahrain.
    "During my therapy with PTSD Resolution, I have been guided down the path of recovery. I have benefited from learning a number of relaxing techniques in a warm and calming environment. Learning these techniques has enabled me to gather my thoughts and I feel much calmer and relaxed than before."
  • NH, Service in Afghanistan..
    "After attempting suicide, I sought help from PTSD Resolution. It only took three weeks to start my therapy and though I was apprehensive beforehand, I found the sessions engaging and educational. I learned, for example, how my mind reacts to certain situations and how making lifestyle changes can really help. The therapist also used pictures and props to explain the impact of my trauma and, again, this was really helpful. As such, I connected and felt comfortable with my therapist and our conversations often felt like friendly chit-chat, not like therapy sessions.

    "I would recommend this service to anyone. I particularly appreciated the short waiting time for my first appointment and the ability to fit my sessions around my daily schedule and work commitments. I really believe that this therapy has given me the skills and knowledge to move on with my life."
  • CC, Service in Afghanistan.
    "Until recently, I had no idea that I was suffering from PTSD. But my symptoms were destroying my relationships and friendships everyday: I was constantly paranoid, agitated and angry – all at the same time.
    "I over-thought and stressed out about every little thing that happened in my life. My girlfriend was constantly on at me to get help but, being a proud and stubborn person, I said I was fine – even thought I wasn't.

    "After a while, my symptoms, especially the anger, got worse and I felt that I could no longer control them. I never knew when the next outburst might be and this made me feel scared and concerned. It took me almost one month to work up the courage to seek help. But, I finally did it: I visited my GP who diagnosed me with PTSD and referred me to PTSD Resolution.

    "The thought of having therapy frightened me; I was terrified and nervous. But, after two months, I can honestly say that it was nothing like I expected and I feel great after having five sessions. I really feel like my old self again."
  • MK, Service in Kuwait
    "It has been 25 years since I went to war but I'm not sure where I would be today without the help of PTSD Resolution. Therapy has helped me to get through the worst part of the year, to feel more confident, to talk more and to not hide away from the world – even my family have noticed the changes. This is the best I have felt for many years."
  • SP, Partner of a veteran
    "In January 2015, my husband attempted suicide after receiving a diagnosis of PTSD and our marriage subsequently broke down. I began counselling sessions with the charity, Relate, shortly after but did not find this service at all helpful. The counsellor just sat and asked me questions, instead of trying to ease my state of mind. After these sessions ended, I became a member of The Ripple Pond who suggested that I contact PTSD Resolution. I did and was quickly referred to a therapist.

    "At first, I found the sessions to be very hard emotionally but, each time, the therapist and I worked together so that it became easier for me to relax. Our sessions have made the traumatic memories fade more quickly and feel less significant and, overall, everything was managed perfectly for me. I can really see the progress I have made. Now, I feel confident and worthy and my marriage is back on track.

    "I would definitely recommend PTSD Resolution to others. They understood my emotions and instilled confidence in me. I really feel positive about the road ahead."
  • GL, Service in Afghanistan, Iraq

    "I was advised to contact PTSD Resolution by a close friend who had recognised some recent changes in my behaviour. I was quickly referred to a local therapist and she was excellent in helping me to deal with various traumatic events that had happened throughout my Army career. The techniques she used during out sessions helped me deal with a decade worth of nightmares and flashbacks.

    "Unfortunately, a few months later, I took a turn for the worse after experiencing a series of stressful events in my life. My relationship broke down, I was medically discharged from the Army - forcing me to leave my new home - and my mum had a heart attack. I could not function on a daily basis and I had gone into auto pilot: I did not feel any emotions and had horrendous nightmares.

    "I contacted PTSD Resolution again and they immediately referred me to a local therapist. The treatment which I received was excellent and I was able to deal with the stress in my life and overcome the nightmares. Four months have passed since my second set of therapy sessions with PTSD Resolution and I feel more positive about my life and my future.

    "PTSD Resolution have provided an excellent service and have helped me get my life back on track. I would highly recommend them to any military and ex-military personnel who are suffering from trauma. If it was not for PTSD resolution, I do not think I would be here or where I am today. I thank you all."

  • RJ, Royal Air Force
    "I experienced numerous traumatic events during my years of service with the Royal Air Force. After a while, I found myself repeating these events to people I met and realised that something was wrong. It took some time for me to reach out and get help but, once I did, I found it very ineffective. Eventually, a SSAFA co-ordinator, who had been successfully treated by PTSD Resolution, recommended the charity to me and I got in touch.

    "PTSD Resolution cured me on day one! I relaxed immediately and the therapist gave me the confidence to talk about the events which had traumatised me. I feel so much better - I'm sleeping properly, I'm relaxed around others and I have more confidence.

    "I would highly recommend PTSD Resolution to others and I already have - to around 30 people!"
  • SF, Service in Afghanistan.
    "In 2007, I was shot while on tour in Afghanistan. After this event, I began to experience panic attacks, had difficulty sleeping and often had nightmares. I had high levels of stress, both at home and at work. I decided to go and see my GP who prescribed medication and sent me to a place called Coleman House for therapy every 2 weeks. But this didn't work and a friend recommended that I call PTSD Resolution.

    "I found PTSD Resolution's approach to treatment was very different because it was one-to-one and I felt very relaxed throughout. The result is that I feel calmer and the guilt I felt has disappeared. I'm doing more with my family and I can go out without feeling panic and stress. My sleep has also improved and I no longer have nightmares.

    "I would definitely recommend PTSD Resolution to other sufferers out there. You really couldn't make the service any better."
  • SW, Service in Afghanistan.
    "I cannot thank you enough for the time and effort you put into my care. Before my therapy with PTSD Resolution, I was on a very negative path but, with their help, I am focused on the positives. My personal and professional lives have greatly improved - I just wish I had gotten the help sooner!"
  • CL Service in Iraq, Afghanistan.
    "I was injured on tour in Iraq in 2007 and was medically discharged in 2011. I got on ok until 2014 when I noticed that things were starting to get worse. I was given medication for anxiety from my local mental health service but they made me shake and feel worse than before. I could feel my heart racing and they put me to sleep which had a negative effect on my employment opportunities.

    "Even with a new course of tablets, I still feel very sleepy but I am slowly coming off these. "Before I started my treatment with PTSD Resolution, I felt like I was all over the place. I had so many things going around my mind and I often thought of the past. Now, I can manage my thoughts, I don't let things pile up and I don't put myself in challenging situations anymore. I really am grateful for your help.

    "PTSD Resolution even helped me with a legal matter last year by sending a letter to the court to explain my situation and state of mind. This really made an impact and prevented things from turning out horribly. "The treatment has also helped me to take control of my life. I have put weight on, I'm making better choices and my relationship with my girlfriend has improved. I am really changing for the better and my anger is improving all the time. I am really grateful to PTSD Resolution for all your help."
  • TC, Service in N. Ireland.
    "PTSD Resolution have helped me immensely. For the first time in years, I feel like a normal person! I would recommend this treatment to other veterans with similar mental health problems."
  • DJ, Wife of Veteran.
    "I was exposed to psychological trauma after my husband's military service. It had a negative impact on me and my health and I harboured a lot of anger towards him. But the therapy provided by PTSD Resolution gave me a safe place in which I could express this anger safely and enabled me to talk through my problems. My therapist really helped because she was very approachable, understanding and knowledgeable.

    "I felt as though my needs were being met. This therapy has brought me and my husband closer together and has created the strong connection between us that was missing before. I would highly recommend PTSD Resolution to others."
  • AW, Service in Iraq.
    "I would just like to say a huge thank you to PTSD Resolution for the work that you have done with me. I'm very much of the opinion that I would not be in the position I am today without your help.

    "Before I came to PTSD Resolution, I couldn't sleep, I felt uncomfortable about the traumatic incidents in my past and I felt guilty about being the only who made it back to Germany unscathed. But now, I sleep better, I no longer feel this guilt and I realise that my actions cannot be changed now. Sometimes, things just happen; despite our best efforts at the time. Without doubt, the best part of my treatment with PTSD Resolution was its flexibility.

    "In the past, I had approached Combat Stress for help with my PTSD and they offered me a residential course. While this may be effective, it simply was not possible for me to take 6 weeks away from my career because I have a family to support. With PTSD Resolution, however, I was able to fit my therapy around my daily life and my commitments and, for that, I thank you enormously.

    "That flexibility really lowered my stress levels! The therapeutic approach at PTSD Resolution is, frankly, brilliant. As well as reliving the symptoms of PTSD, you've helped me learn how to deal with the everyday stresses of life in a much more composed way.

    "With every session, I feel that I am improving and that I am getting closer and closer to achieving my goal. My therapist really noticed the difference in me the other day when I lost my wallet. Instead of flying off the handle, I just accepted that it was one of life's little annoyance and there is no point dwelling on it. I wholeheartedly recommend PTSD Resolution to any ex-forces member suffering with PTSD. They have really turned mine and my family's lives around. Take the leap and get treatment! "
  • SS, Service in N.Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan.
    "Before I started my therapy with PTSD Resolution, I was a little worried about how I would deal with it because, in the past, I have had trouble talking about my traumatic issues.

    "But, with each session, I found myself relaxing more and more; I could talk to my therapist about anything. I still have issues, from time to time, but I really am a different person now.

    "I am in a much better place before I started the six therapy sessions so I would 100% recommend PTSD Resolution to anyone in the armed forces who has trouble in their lives. I can't thank my therapist enough. "
  • SK, Service in N.Ireland.
    "Prior to getting help from PTSD Resolution, my life was in chaos. I had no attention span, I was snappy and jumpy and never got anything done. It was a nightmare for my wife because I spent all of my days rushing around, trying to make the day end sooner.

    "I don't know why because I dreaded the nights. That's when the flashbacks and the nightmares came, despite drinking in excess to try and make myself sleep. Then, on 17 November 2015, I had finally reached my limit and I broke down.

    "But, luckily, a knowledgeable friend put me in touch with PTSD Resolution. Through a combination of therapy and anti-depressants, I wake up every morning and am able to enjoy the day. I don't argue all the time, like I used to, and so my relationships with others have really improved. I am no longer challenging and neurotic, but approachable and conversational. I sleep well at night too.

    "There are always challenges in my daily life, be it at home or at work. But I can now deal with the little things that would wind me up and spoil my day, without any negative consequences. As time goes by, I find myself getting better and better at coping.

    "Uncharacteristically, I have experienced two spells of waking very early but they were not caused by nightmares or flashbacks so it has not been detrimental to me, at all. My therapist has been a great help to me, my wife and my career. I am grateful for her expertise in dealing with a mess which I thought unfathomable and, so, from me and my family, I say a huge thank you to PTSD Resolution."
  • PJ, Service in N.Ireland, Kuwait.
    "I was lost with nowhere to turn before I got the phone number for PTSD Resolution.

    "From making my initial phone call to seeing my therapist, the service has been great and I have already recommended the service to other armed forces personnel.

    "My present condition is a lot better than it used to be. I'm not saying it has totally disappeared; I still have nightmares and mood swings but I am much more able to manage the situation."
  • PC, Service in N.Ireland.
    "Since undergoing treatment with PTSD Resolution, life has really opened up to me and I no longer feel like I'm wrapped in a bubble.

    "My relationships with others have really improved: I have reconnected with my son after four years, I am on better terms with my father and life with my partner has transformed because we can communicate better now that my temper has improved.

    "I'm also taking better care of myself through healthy eating and meditating. I would recommend PTSD Resolution to others because it works. The Rewind Technique was difficult on the first run-through because I had to face the traumatic images all over again. But, the more we did it, the easier it became.

    "Now, when I am reminded of these events, they appear very small to me, in black and white and without sound. This is so different to how they used to be. Overall, my experience with PTSD Resolution has been really positive."
  • AA, Service in N.Ireland, Bosnia.
    "In the past I have kept things to myself and found some things very hard to deal with.
    When I left the army things started to go drastically wrong. My wife left me and this made things worse. I started to behave recklessly and although I managed to keep a job nothing else in my life was working well and I knew I had to do something.
    I searched the Internet for help and found the phone number for PTSDR.

    "The lady I spoke to was very kind and I was quickly referred to a counselor who seemed to understand everything and made it easy for me to talk. I had never shared these experiences with anyone before and that was a big thing for me but now I can discuss them easily. In fact I seem to be able to help others who hold things in. I would never have believed I could have been helped in this way but now I know there is away through and I would definitely recommend it to others.

    "The service is first class and the only suggestion for improvement I could make would be to go to the regiment with the information about what can be done. It is difficult to admit that you need help and this way help might be more acceptable and get to people more quickly."
  • AN, Service in N.Ireland, Falklands, Bosnia.
    2My trauma not only stems from being on active duty in Northern Ireland and Bosnia, but also from a number of experience in my personal life: I was in a near-fatal motorbike crash, I have been stabbed and watched my mother die. Over the last 25 years, I have never sought help for these unresolved issues and, in fact, have contemplated suicide on many occasions. When I came to PTSD Resolution, then, it was difficult for me to open up about the things which affect me.

    "Luckily, my counsellor didn't dig too deep into my memories; instead, she explained to me how the mind works to trick us into overplaying past or unlikely future events. Combined with distraction techniques and breathing exercises, this really helped me to get through a breakdown mid-session. Shortly before I began my treatment with PTSD Resolution, I rediscovered my faith and my counsellor taught me some visual techniques to use during prayer which has also helped me to feel better.

    "espite experiencing one of the lowest periods of my life to date, this month - December 2015 - I have not contemplated suicide and this is a turning point in my life. I know I'm not out of the woods yet but I'm sure that, by combining my faith with the techniques and lessons from my therapy, there will be fewer and fewer dark days ahead."
  • AN, Service in N.Ireland, Falklands, Bosnia.
    "The PTSD counselling I received has been of great help. I hadn't sought any support since leaving the Forces with un-addressed issues from service in Northern Ireland and Bosnia.

    '"We didn't dig deep into events that I have carried for over 25 years but the counsellor's explanations of how the mind works to trick us into overplaying past, or unlikely future events, together with breathing and distraction techniques have given me the ability to control some of those negative emotions. The counsellor's calm manner in guiding me through moments of breakdown mid-session gave some immediate success in mastering those emotions.

    "Traumatic events outside those experienced in the Forces include a near-fatal motorbike crash, a stabbing and watching my mother die. The techniques I learnt during those (the therapy) sessions helped me address all of them. Shortly before starting the 6 counselling sessions I also had a return to Faith. The counsellor gave encouragement with that including useful visual techniques for times of prayer.

    "Despite experiencing one of the lowest periods of my life to date, December 2015 is the first month in over 25 years that I haven't harbored thoughts of suicide. I know I'm not out of the woods yet, but I'm sure by combining my faith with the techniques and lessons from the counsellor that the dark days will be less and less.'

  • HA, Service in Afghanistan.
    Resolution has really helped me to feel better. Thanks to my fantastic counsellor, I felt very relaxed during treatment and was able to open up straightaway. I really feel like a new person now. I would definitely recommend PTSD Resolution to other people who have left the forces and are struggling with trauma symptoms."
  • RG, Service in Afghanistan.

    "I was deployed to Afghanistan with the TA in April 2009 and spent six months there. Naively, I was so excited about going on active duty; it felt like a holiday, at first. But, over time, I experienced a number of really upsetting events. I saw friends get blown up and I had to pick up their body parts.

    "When I got back, I left the TA and returned to my job but things didn't feel right. It seemed like nobody recognised what I had been through and I started to feel very stressed and angry all the time. I continued like this for five years but, last year, I finally hit rock bottom when I boiled over at work. At that point, I realised that I needed help. I knew I had PTSD because I was experiencing flashbacks from my tour of Afghanistan.

    "I went to my GP who prescribed Talking Therapies but the sessions didn't help. I felt as though the counsellor didn't really care. So, I started looking online for help and that's how I found PTSD Resolution. Their treatment was really different to anything else I have experienced because it focuses on specific problems, like dealing with flashbacks. After treatment, I can say that I feel brilliant! I am so much more positive, my lifhas improved and my flashbacks are rare now. As such, I would highly recommend PTSD Resolution to other people out there with PTSD. I found this experience to be really helpful."

  • AE, Service in Afghanistan.

    "I felt empty when I came back from a tour of Afghanistan in 2011. I thought this was a normal response to being in the army but I developed more symptoms and, one year later, was diagnosed with PTSD by Combat Stress. They gave me treatment which focused on talking about my past experiences and, from time to time, one of their Community Psychiatric Nurses dropped in to see me.

    "But I wasn't getting any better: in fact, I remained angry all the time and I lashed out verbally and sometimes physically to people, even to strangers. I was very disturbed by loud noises - even the sound of high heels on a floor reminded me of the army, of a magazine being loaded.

    "So I cut myself off from people, didn't trust anyone and generally felt like I was trapped behind a brick wall. My wife found out about PTSD Resolution through Google and their therapy - the Rewind Technique - really opened my eyes to the extent of my problems. Their treatment really worked and now I feel more social, trusting of others and can talk about the events which traumatised me without getting angry and feeling guilty.

    "I would highly recommend PTSD Resolution to other sufferers out there and I think it would be great to bring the Rewind Technique to other organisations who do not currently use it. I also recommend advertising your services more widely, perhaps to soldiers who are in the process of leaving the army."

  • CD, RAF Mountain Rescue Service.

    "My PTSD was triggered by a number of traumatic events, occurring first in my bedroom at the age of 9, and then while serving in the RAF and the RAF Mountain Rescue Service, in Snowdonia, the Lake District and Uttoxeter between 1993 and 1997.

    "I first noticed the signs of PTSD as a teenager in the 1980s but it was after my military service that my aggressions levels rose. My wife really wanted me to see someone about it so, in 2003, after leaving the military, I went to see my GP. I was then referred to a Psychiatric Nurse for evaluation and then for counselling. Over the next few years, I had several sets of counselling sessions (which proved ineffective) and a week at a Combat Stress facility.

    "The weeks' evaluation did not go well for me: I left the facility upset, distressed and feeling worse than when I entered. In fact, this visit was one of the most upsetting times in my adult life and I wished that I could blot it from my memory. Later, I sought help again from my GP who arranged some CBT sessions but these events at the same time that some upsetting events unfolded. So, after my war-gaming club recommended PTSD Resolution, I contacted them for help.

    "The treatment I received from PTSD Resolution was so much better. I found the atmosphere was warm, calming and very refreshing. Being able to tackle the trauma without talking about it was a revelation. When I opened my eyes, I felt such a lifting of my spirit. I was overwhelmed and astounded; this was a watershed moment. After a few sessions, I am seeing positive changes and the impact of my flashbacks has lessened.

    "I would gladly recommend PTSD Resolution because their approach is so different and I cannot emphasise how much it has helped me. I struggle to think how PTSD Resolution's service could be improved. I am conscious of your limited funding and network of therapists, and you already provide an excellent option for veterans. I would, however, suggest that the 'pub hub' be complemented with a 'club hub' to increase the visibility of your network."

  • MO, Service in Bosnia, Kosovo & N. Ireland.

    "After receiving help from PTSD Resolution, I am more relaxed and calm than I was before. I sleep better, have a different perspective on my past experiences and no longer feel the unhealthy guilt and responsibility that I felt before.

    "I am now aware of my good qualities, feel more fulfilled and have a strong sense of determination. I have reconnected with my family and my partner has noticed a huge difference in my demeanour. I am now pursuing new career options because I no longer feel trapped by my past. I would highly recommend PTSD Resolution and I liked the way my therapist worked with the Human Givens Approach."

  • EP, Wife of a veteran.

    "The event which traumatised me happened in July 2013 but I only started to experience problems, mainly nightmares, around nine or twelve months later. I found about PTSDR through my husband as he had already received some treatment from them and I was immediately struck by how different it was: there were no drugs involved and the therapy had no negative impact on my life at all. In fact, my treatment with PTSDR enabled me to understand my emotions.

    "I am no longer worried and have been able to get rid of all the resentment I felt after the trauma. I've also been able to regain control my life and I feel that I've grown as a person. Both my husband and I are eternally grateful to PTSDR for their help and would highly recommend them to other sufferers. We both believe that they should receive government funding from the Ministry of Defence.

  • EJ, Service in N.Ireland, Iraq.

    I became traumatised while serving in Kuwait during the First Gulf War, although it took about two years for its full impact to be felt. When the nightmares and unwanted images started, I didn't know where to turn. My wife provided constant support, even though I drank heavily, and, after some internet research, my family found out about PTSDR.

    "It was wonderful to have someone listen unemotionally to my experiences and the rewind technique helped me to view those traumatic events as things which happened a long time ago. These events no longer trouble me and I now sleep well all the time, without fear of another nightmare. I believe that my treatment opened a gateway through which I could build a new life; I now feel in control instead of being controlled by my trauma. It really was perfect for my problems and I can't think of anything I would do to improve this service."

  • AB, Service in Afghanistan.

    "I spent six months in Afghanistan's Helmand Province between August 2010 and February 2011. When I came home from tour, my brain was in constant overdrive and I felt annoyed all the time by how comfortable everybody's lives seemed to be. I started to drink heavily to help me calm down in the day and to sleep at night.

    "Within three or four months, I had reduced my drinking and it seemed like I was getting better but I started to mouth off to people at work. My inappropriate anger got me into trouble a few times - once with a senior officer - and I got looked over for a promotion. Because everyone else was acting the same, I thought it was ok and I didn't seek help from the anybody in the army - I just cracked on as normal. It was a friend of mine who introduced me to PTSDR, he had been medically discharged with PTSD, and he passed their phone number to me.

    "I gave them a call and, two days later, I was speaking with a therapist. My treatment has really calmed me down and I can talk about my job and active duty without freaking out. Even the creaks in my old house don't bother me anymore! My family have noticed a big difference too: I no longer detonate over nothing and we're all getting on so much better. I would definitely recommend PTSDR to other sufferers out there."

  • JG, Service in N.Ireland.

    "In 1994, about three years after my tour of Northern Ireland, I began to experience symptoms of trauma. I didn't do anything about it until 2005 when I went for counselling. This seemed to work for a while but when the symptoms returned, I needed a more permanent fix. I found about PTSDR while I was in Armley Prison and the treatment has really helped me.

    "It is so different to the counselling, especially being put to sleep and doing the Rewind technique, but I am so much less anxious and more confident. My sleep has really improved too and I have far fewer flashback than before. Because I'm not so anxious, my relationships with others have also improved. I would definitely recommend PTSDR to other sufferers out there."

  • FG, Service in N.Ireland, S. Korea.

    "In all the time I have been seeking support for my PTSD, I can honestly say that I have never felt such care and understanding from a Therapist as I did with this therapist. May I also add that meeting her has given me a lift and new found optimism.

    " I would like to say what a positive experience it has been visiting this therapist, as she has been able to help me understand my problems so much more clearly and from a more informed perspective and I feel I am in a more positive place through the work we have done together and will certainly remain in touch from time to time"

  • DB, Service in Afghanistan.

    "I feel more positive in myself. I didn't know before that that is what I wanted. I needed to feel good about myself and that's what you've allowed me to do. I've not felt good about myself for a long time. I'm now drinking in moderation and not hammering the booze. I'm a lot happier".

  • IP, Service in Afghanistan, Iraq, N.Ireland, Croatia.

    "I would absolutely recommend PTSD Resolution treatment, and in fact already have! Since meeting this therapist, I have had my eyes and mind opened to how other people project themselves on to you and that the emotional ties of things that have happened in the past can have a very profound affect on your today. I'm now better equipped to deal with the stresses and strains of modern day life and better able to help myself and those around me to live a higher quality of life. Through out my Army career I've had several traumatic events, some have had more of a detrimental effect than others, but on the whole they have all made their mark and I certainly wasn't aware of how they were impacting me.

    "The final straw was when I was on Operations in Afghanistan 2009. My father died whilst I was tour in Afghanistan 2012, I hadn't wanted to go on that tour but was given an ultimatum by my chain of command, go on tour or get posted away from the area I was going to be resettling in. I was angry all the time but kept it hidden as best I could, but I had changed, I would go out of my way to piss people off, which made my life harder and the vicious circle just continued until I eventually left the Army without as much as a goodbye. For a short while I was great and didn't pause for thought about my Army life and all the emotional trauma I'd suffered.

    "After about a year though I was noticing that the fuse of my temper was getting shorter and things that wouldn't bother me were really starting to get under my skin. It lead to arguments with my girlfriend as mole hills grew into mountains and I would withdraw into myself deeper and deeper and then explode with rage when I was pushed too far. I became violent. For a long while I didn't do anything, I just promised to see a doctor, get help etc, but I never did. Then my girlfriend booked me an appointment at my doctors to see Lorraine Flint-Johnson a Nurse practitioner and gave me an ultimatum, take the appointment or leave.

    "Lorraine was great and listen to me, her Husband was ex Army and therefore had experience of Army life and the problems it can throw up. Lorraine gave me this therapist's number, She told me that he'd had great results with other patients she had referred to him. I spoke with the therapist and he directed me to ring the the PTSDR helpline. I now have a set of skills that allow me to identify when I'm being hijacked by other peoples emotional needs. I can now use these new skills to keep myself calm and to not be as affected as I used to.

    "The treatment I received was so different from those that I'd had before, it was if I was being educated rather than being treated. I was set tasks that got me thinking about things that had nothing to do with anything really, so they gave me space to think freely, without hindrance from emotion. I was taught technics which would allow me to gain control of my mind and body when my emotions wanted to run riot. I use them daily and it helps me clear my mind and smile. I have already recommended PTSDR to some soldiers who knew of PTSD suffers, and I would do it again. I can honestly say that I can't think of anything that could be done better, it was seamless from the initial contact to the treatment I received, maybe biscuits with my coffee? "

  • JC, Service in Reservist.

    !God, I can't recommend PTSD Resolution highly enough. I was deep in the crap and I'm so glad that I was sent to someone who could sort me out so quickly. I really can't recommend PTSD Resolution highly enough!"

  • TK, Service in N.Ireland.

    "I started to experience the symptoms of PTSD about two years ago. At the time, I didn't realise what was wrong with me or even why I felt so bad. This may sound strange but people who have had PTSD will understand. As my illness progressed, I lost my family and ended up living in a friend's bedroom.

    "The only saving grace was that I managed to keep my job. Eventually I found PTSD Resolution who put me in touch with a local therapist and I started treatment soon after. My therapist was so caring and knowledgeable that I was able to get my life back on track, and for this I will be eternally grateful. If I had not had this therapy, I don't know where I'd be or what I'd be doing right now.

    "I urge other ex-squaddies to not suffer in silence. Get in touch with PTSD Resolution: it is run by people who care and the help is fantastic. I am not completely cured of my PTSD but I now know to deal with the nightmares, stress and anxiety."

  • AH

    "PTSD is a dark, devouring ravenous beast of shadow. It rushes in through all of our senses when we are exposed to trauma. Some events are so incomprehensibly horrible that we simply cannot let out the scream, it is voiceless and the beast feeds upon it. It begins to devour us from within, hungry, restless, unforgiving, keeping the trauma ever in the present moment. It prowls alongside us throughout the day, flash backs, a sense of horror, terror, the need to run away and though we may try to sleep it does not.

    "All our attention is tuned to fighting it, dealing with it, trying not to let those we love see it… they see our smiling veneer but we know what it masks. PTSD Resolution (and I thank God for these people) see straight through that mask, hear between our words. They know that beast and how to deal with him. A few weeks ago I felt myself smile, it was a sensation I remembered from the time before. After 10 years, I can stop fighting now.

    "Her therapist says: This client had suffered trauma both directly and vicariously at the hands of her soldier husband. Not only had he been violent to her but had insisted on telling her and showing photos to her of the things he had seen. She experienced the smell of battle and terrible scenes of carnage he witnessed on him. Her situation was complex in that the PTSD was contributing to the after effects of a virus that left her with severe balance and vertigo problems that pattern matched to being shaken.

    "Her consultant physician had said they could not do more until the PTSD was dealt with. Treatment started in October 2014 and it was several months before she felt sufficiently well to begin physiotherapy. This continues and she still has some problems. Yet she is now confident, able to go out alone, feels safe and secure. She is able to walk quickly and unaided, has been riding her bicycle and is shortly to start driving again.

    "She is beginning to return to her self employment under the advice of her doctor. She was well enough to close the case in May 2015 and follow up in September has shown significant further improvement. Her current CORE score is 9, having dropped from 28; IES is 10 having dropped from 71; PRN14 has gone up from 62 to 133. During her treatment we rewound at least 7 separate incidents any one of which was significant enough to cause considerable physiological distress."

  • RW, Service in Cyprus, Iraq, Afghanistan.

    "My therapy has gone so well that I don't feel that I need to attend my final session. I am not completely 'fixed' but, then I don't feel that anyone truly can be. My therapist has been great: she is amazing listener who has given me the tools to keep calm. PTSD Resolution has been brilliant in dealing and I can't thank them, and my therapist, enough for their help and understanding."

  • MP, Service in Iraq, N. Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo.

    "I was given details of PTSD Resolution by my friend and ex serviceman, He knew that I was going through a particularly bad time in my life, he was out shopping in his local shopping centre in Middlesbrough and saw a guy giving out flyers for PTSD resolution, he then took a snap shot of the flyer and forwarded it to me. I was going through a very difficult time suffering with depression, this was largely due to a very traumatic break up with my partner just after Christmas. I seemed to go deeper and deeper into depression, in January I made the decision to see my doctor who prescribed me with anti-depressants, he discussed the idea of counselling and I told him I would look into this further.

    "I tried Suffolk Well-Being and asked about CBT, I had one initial appointment but was told it would then be a few months until I would get a follow up appointment. I also decided to call Combat Stress to see if they could offer any help, I am still waiting for them to get back to me, some 6 months later, they gave me lots of promises and said they would be in touch shortly! I then decided to call PTSD Resolution, I spoke to Angela and an appointment was made there and then. Initially I was quite apprehensive as I didn't believe I was suffering from anything other than depression. On the first appointment Angela asked me a few questions about my life, the Army and relationships, we then came up with a plan with how we would approach this. I felt very at ease with Angela and found her very easy to talk to, we identified that my problems stem back to my childhood and issues with my father. I had also seen a lot of traumatic events during my time in the Military, of which I had served for 24 years, in many hostile environments.

    "Throughout my life there had been re-occurring problems with relationships, I found it difficult to let anyone in, when I did, I had problems with anger and control issues. During the counselling, my ex partner, was at the forefront of a lot of my problems, we had only recently started seeing each other again and Angela discussed that she should come along to a counselling session. However an incident happened just a few days after this where I was arrested and charged, this meant I was no longer able to speak to, or contact Miss Studd, this had a detrimental effect on my progress which seemed to go backwards for a short period. Angela and myself had discussed and made plans on how we would approach this, it was in the format 'drip drip' effect of general life events, psycho education - how your brain works, psycho biology - brain/body connection and also relaxation techniques.

    "During my counselling I had stressed to Angela how important the gym was to me, she agreed and highlighted the importance, not just physically, but mentally due to the presence of serotonin in the body and its effect. Angela had written me letters for the court to read, the first letter discussed my counselling and issues we would address, the second letter was the most important to me. My arrest was in February and my first court appearance was in June, this was then adjourned until July. I knew that some restraining conditions were likely to be imposed on me, the most important one to me was the continuation of my membership at the gym, as I had mentioned earlier Angela had written a very thorough letter explaining the importance of the gym and its effects on me, she emphasised that losing the gym would undo all the work we had covered in the last few months.

    "I have no doubt that this letter played a major role in the magistrate's decision and thankfully they allowed me to remain at the gym. With regards to PTSD I have had several major traumatic events in my life so it's hard to pinpoint exactly which one was the worst. I believe that Angela has helped me immensely and I can see subtle changes in my life, I'm not fully there yet but I am definitely in a better place than I was 6 months ago. I would highly recommend PTSDR to another sufferer and I have given someone the details to get in contact with this organisation. With regards to Angela, I cannot thank her enough for her help and support, she did not need to write any letters to the court on my behalf but she did and as I stated previously this played a major part in the magistrate's decision. I was going through a very stressful 6 months waiting for the final decision by the court and she helped me get through this, now have better skills and can approach relationships differently, I have met someone and it's early days but so far, so good!"

  • DH, Service in N.Ireland,Cyprus.

    "The therapy has put my life back on track after 25 years. PTSD from my childhood and years of army service, especially in N.Ireland, affected everything in my life. I was angry, and I thought everyone else was wrong.
    I had lost my marriage; I was homeless and unemployed – after trying 35 jobs and had misused alcoholic. I had severe road rage and anger in everything. I was Isolated, unable to reach out for help from others and thought no one understood.

    "I have been given coping strategies to deal with everyday situations that I had sometimes thought were impossible to deal with, and had avoided. For once in my life, I have found a job I love: a relationship I want and enjoy.

    "The therapy has brought me closer to my children who are seeing a different side of their father to the father they grew up with. Before therapy I blamed everyone else for my situation. Now I am able to take responsibility for myself and my actions. I have been able to enjoy doing things for others, to please them and have a genuine interest in their well being. I am waking up with a smile on my face for the first time in 25 years."

  • DD, Service in Afghanistan.

    "I could not have asked for a better therapist. I can't explain his methods but they have really helped me to calm down. By the time I'd finished my second session, I felt that I could resume my life and make positive changes."

  • LR, Service in Afghanistan.

    "I never really thought counselling could really help anyone; I thought that it was always better to talk to a friend rather than a stranger but I now see that I was wrong. I didn't understand how it could help but I now see it is different to talking to someone you know and I would definitely recommend it. I first noticed that something was wrong with my boyfriend about a year ago; he was getting really aggressive when he was drinking, he was drinking a lot and he was getting snappy and inconsiderate, even quite selfish. I kept asking him what was on his mind, what was bothering him, if it was Afghan? But that just made him more angry and aggressive.

    "I did some research on the internet, I typed in PTSD help in Ipswich and found a few places that said they could help, I even phoned one up and that was in America! One place I found said that they needed my boyfriend to get in touch before they would do anything, he wasn't ready and I was starting to think that our relationship would break up before we actually got any help.

    "About 2 months later after doing my initial research he took a look and found PTSD Resolution, he phoned them and within a couple of days, Angela had contacted him. I didn't see how counselling benefits people, after the house fire I was offered counselling and decided it wasn't for me, I didn't see how just talking to someone could help, but it is more than that in a way you sort of play with people's minds (she laughs).

    "Angela made me see things from a different point of view, like I was standing in the other person's shoes. Angela gave me time to talk and ideas how I could change my behaviour and the way I reacted to my boyfriend's behaviour, she taught me what I could do differently and how to take care of myself so that I was able to support him better. I really liked the counselling because it was not far for me to drive and it was not in an office environment, which would have made me feel nervous, it was very private too, no one would have known that I was going for counselling, there were no signs or labels anywhere.

    "I really got on well with Angela, it was like I had known her for years, and she made me feel really comfortable, she had a way of getting me to talk that didn't feel pressured, just natural, just waiting for me to give her more information in a quiet, gentle sort of way, different to a friend.

    "As for Aiden, the change in him is amazing, I was asked at the first session if I saw us lasting and I said no, but now I have the old Aiden back before he went to Afghan, he is more sociable, affectionate, considerate, kind and caring and we are so much happier together. Would I recommend counselling with PTSD Resolution, yes, without a doubt! What do I say to other people in my situation? Just do it, give them a call because you CAN get help!"

  • AK, Service in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia.

    "I experienced PTSD symptoms since 2010 and hit rock bottom. I tried to get help with lots of organisations, nothing seemed to work and my traumas got worse. My friend told me about PTSD Resolution. I found them most helpful and very quick to get the ball rolling. They found me an amazing therapist who I clicked with straight away.

    "The rewind technique she used helped me the most of all and she managed to de-traumatise me, which I thought was unbelievable and I did not think that it was possible. It was a true miracle. I had a build-up pattern of nine different traumas that I experienced in my nine years in the Army. I severed in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan and the terrible experiences and what I saw caused me so much pain and upset.

    "To be free from all this heart-breaking traumatic memories was the best feeling ever. I would highly recommend PTSD Resolution to veterans like myself. My advice is to be honest and don't bottle up memories and hide away from your traumatic events, and get their help."

  • MK, Service in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia.

    "Firstly I'd like to thank PTSD Resolution for all their help especially Sarah who has made a very difficult time in my life bearable.

    "I'd like to start with how I was and was feeling before I received the help I needed. I had never been so low in all my life with leaving the army the only true home I'd known for 16 years of my life that topped with the lack of sleep and nightmares when I did sleep had lead me to be hyper aggressive and I'm ashamed to say violent this culminated in the person who has supported me through this my girlfriend Victoria saying if I didn't seek help she would have to leave me.

    "This had me at my lowest ebb to the point I couldn't see a future for me and my thoughts had on occasion to the contemplation of taking my own life. It was Victoria that found me the help through PTSD Resolution and the help was offered swiftly.

    "I was put in touch with Sarah and began counselling sessions. at first I found them hard and embarrassing no squaddie likes to ask for help but I swallowed my pride and set to the task ahead I'd like to say Sarah was amazing helping me deal with the issues I had as a result of trauma sustained through years of service and even explained that this reaction wasn't abnormal which is the hardest thing to deal with (the why me? why am I so weak).

    "As a result I now feel like a new man I rarely lose my temper and if I do I can control myself. I have very few nightmares and manage to sleep at least 6-8 hours were as before I'd be lucky to get 3-4 hours. My relationship with Victoria is on the mend and I truly feel I am back to being the man she loved and not the violent, aggressive man I had become and for the first time in as long as I can remember I am happy.

    "I thank everyone for their help without it I would have lost everything; my job, my girlfriend and not long after my liberty or my life so with this said thank you and I hope more people like me can receive this kind of help."

  • MP, Service in Iraq, N. Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo.

    "I had my first session which did not involve any in-detail discussion about my trauma; indeed my therapist still has no knowledge of the events which traumatised me. After the session I went away not knowing what to expect: that night my nightmares ceased, I became much calmer and to this day have not had one flashback or re-enactment episode, I threw out my anti depressants. I have re-connected to those around me and been able to hold down a job. I can control my drinking. I feel extremely sad about the two years I drifted through and wasted, and regret all the hurt I caused to those around me.

    "But I now feel that I am able to get on with my life without the intrusive effects of PTSD. I hope that the de-traumatising therapy which healed me gets the recognition it truly deserves, and that it is the people suffering who get the opportunity to prove that. Not some stuffed shirt or bean counter in Whitehall.

    "The treatment is quick and effective, the alternative is wasteful, and a large group of people who will put burden on an already overstretched NHS, a massive amount of money is already being wasted, it is so obvious to see it is failing." "I was given details of PTSD Resolution by my friend and ex serviceman, He knew that I was going through a particularly bad time in my life, he was out shopping in his local shopping centre in Middlesbrough and saw a guy giving out fliers for PTSD resolution, he then took a snap shot of the flyer and forwarded it to me.

    '"When I went to xxxx I had no idea what to expect, he helped me deal with the issues going on inside my head which I had no idea why I was thinking of things that really weren't normal. I had tears and lots of what I called homework to practice, coping mechanisms, one instance of running out of asda in tears, not cool for an ex boxer/rugby player/fireman and Royal Navy I was going through a very difficult time suffering with depression, this was largely due to a very traumatic break up with my partner just after Christmas. I seemed to go deeper and deeper into depression, in January I made the decision to see my doctor who prescribed me with anti-depressants, he discussed the idea of counselling and I told him I would look into this further.

    "I tried Suffolk Well-Being and asked about CBT, I had one initial appointment but was told it would then be a few months until I would get a follow up appointment. I also decided to call Combat Stress to see if they could offer any help, I am still waiting for them to get back to me, some 6 months later, they gave me lots of promises and said they would be in touch shortly! I then decided to call PTSD Resolution, I spoke to Angela and an appointment was made there and then. Initially I was quite apprehensive as I didn't believe I was suffering from anything other than depression.

    " On the first appointment Angela asked me a few questions about my life, the Army and relationships, we then came up with a plan with how we would approach this. I felt very at ease with Angela and found her very easy to talk to, we identified that my problems stem back to my childhood and issues with my father.

    "I had also seen a lot of traumatic events during my time in the Military, of which I had served for 24 years, in many hostile environments. Throughout my life there had been re-occurring problems with relationships, I found it difficult to let anyone in, when I did, I had problems with anger and control issues. During the counselling, my ex partner, was at the forefront of a lot of my problems, we had only recently started seeing each other again and Angela discussed that she should come along to a counselling session.

    " However an incident happened just a few days after this where I was arrested and charged, this meant I was no longer able to speak to, or contact Miss Studd, this had a detrimental effect on my progress which seemed to go backwards for a short period. Angela and myself had discussed and made plans on how we would approach this, it was in the format 'drip drip' effect of general life events, psycho education - how your brain works, psycho biology - brain/body connection and also relaxation techniques.

    "During my counselling I had stressed to Angela how important the gym was to me, she agreed and highlighted the importance, not just physically, but mentally due to the presence of serotonin in the body and its effect. Angela had written me letters for the court to read, the first letter discussed my counselling and issues we would address, the second letter was the most important to me. My arrest was in February and my first court appearance was in June, this was then adjourned until July. I knew that some restraining conditions were likely to be imposed on me, the most important one to me was the continuation of my membership at the gym, as I had mentioned earlier Angela had written a very thorough letter explaining the importance of the gym and its effects on me, she emphasised that losing the gym would undo all the work we had covered in the last few months.

    "I have no doubt that this letter played a major role in the magistrate's decision and thankfully they allowed me to remain at the gym. With regards to PTSD I have had several major traumatic events in my life so it's hard to pinpoint exactly which one was the worst. I believe that Angela has helped me immensely and I can see subtle changes in my life, I'm not fully there yet but I am definitely in a better place than I was 6 months ago. I would highly recommend PTSDR to another sufferer and I have given someone the details to get in contact with this organisation.

    "With regards to Angela, I cannot thank her enough for her help and support, she did not need to write any letters to the court on my behalf but she did and as I stated previously this played a major part in the magistrate's decision. I was going through a very stressful 6 months waiting for the final decision by the court and she helped me get through this, now have better skills and can approach relationships differently, I have met someone and it's early days but so far, so good! "

  • DH, Service in N.Ireland, Cyprus.

    "The therapy has put my life back on track after 25 years. PTSD from my childhood and years of army service, especially in N.Ireland, affected everything in my life. I was angry, and I thought everyone else was wrong.
    I had lost my marriage; I was homeless and unemployed – after trying 35 jobs and had misused alcoholic. I had severe road rage and anger in everything. I was Isolated, unable to reach out for help from others and thought no one understood.

    "I have been given coping strategies to deal with everyday situations that I had sometimes thought were impossible to deal with, and had avoided. For once in my life, I have found a job I love: a relationship I want and enjoy.

    "The therapy has brought me closer to my children who are seeing a different side of their father to the father they grew up with. Before therapy I blamed everyone else for my situation. Now I am able to take responsibility for myself and my actions. I have been able to enjoy doing things for others, to please them and have a genuine interest in their well being. I am waking up with a smile on my face for the first time in 25 years."

  • GH, Service in Iraq, Kuwait.

    "When I first went along I did not think anyone could help me, didn't want help and felt very alone, isolated, vulnerable angry and a massive build up of hate against the world. Through gentle communication with Ursula talking about nothing specific (or so I thought) and soothing relaxation exercises I began to feel wanted, worthwhile and a sense of having a future.

    "After a few weeks I and others could see my old self return and i think there now is a future. Although PTSD does not go away, I now feel it is controlled to a livable and acceptable level. By no means am I cured I am re assured that Ursula is behind me as a safety net."

  • MH, Service in Iraq.

    "I served with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in the 1980s and saw active duty during the Gulf War. Following this service, I left the forces and set up my own haulage business. However, I developed pneumonia and, shortly after, was diagnosed with M.E. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. But I have also experienced symptoms outside of this diagnosis. As a result, I was referred to PTSD Resolution by the National Gulf Veterans and Family Association. PTSD Resolution then set me up with a therapist who diagnosed me with PTSD. This explained my other symptoms and I was able to start treatment straightaway."

  • DT, Service in Falklands.

    2Between April and June 2015, I had six sessions of therapy through PTSD Resolution. I responded positively to this treatment, though there were barriers to success due to the physical problems caused by an underlying illness. That being said, the support provided by PTSD Resolution has really helped me to deal with my situation.

    "I really felt that my therapist listened to me and, as a result, the unwanted images and memories from my traumatic experiences have eased off. It was also very useful to learn from my therapist how the brain works and how it deals with trauma and pain. I am no longer using alcohol to numb my feelings and I am slowly reintroducing hobbies and activities, like golf, which I had previously avoided. My outlook has improved immensely and I now have the courage to interact with others. Without question, I would recommend this treatment to others. I found the service provided by PTSD Resolution to be non-threatening, welcoming, open and comforting."

  • DR, Reservist.

    "I have benefited from treatment as it has made me much happier. I have direction. I have learned how to deal with issues as my life events change. I would recommend the treatment to others as I have found it calming and I liked not having to talk about the past in great details. You could talk as much or as little as you like about the trauma or other issues. I felt able to talk more readily to someone I did not know than to my family and friends.

    "My incident occurred late 1980's and the symptoms became intense five years ago. I originally saw my GP and an NHS counselor. What they offered me was CBT and EMDR however EMDR did not work and I did not feel that CBT was going to address the trauma which was affecting my daily life. I would definitely recommend the service to other sufferers. The service improvements I would suggest are speeding up the process between the first phone call that's made to PTSD Resolution and being rung up by the counselor who is going to help you. For me, this was about ten days or more and it felt a very long time and I could imagine if someone is very fragile they might find the wait unbearable.

    "I would also suggest allowing a person to choose a male or female counselor as I think female counselors would be less threatening than male counselors. I would not have come to a male counselor. I would be very happy to talk to people if PTSD Resolution would like any volunteers."

  • JC, Service in Iraq.

    "I joined the National Gulf Veterans and Family Association some years ago and they referred me to PTSD Resolution for therapy. I had some reservations about therapy because I didn't want to relive the traumatic experiences. I really loved Army life and enjoyed serving as an infantry medic. I travelled the world, learned many new skills and kept calm in some horrendous conditions. But a tour of Afghanistan in 2006 was especially traumatic as I witnessed the death of a friend.

    "Nothing ever prepares you for this and the Army teaches you to keep moving forward and not give in to your emotions. But my therapist gave me practical help and support so that I could help myself. I really cannot stress how unfounded my reservations were and how much the therapy has helped me. It really has changed my life. Before, I couldn't go into crowded places or even to the cinema, but now I can. My children have especially noticed the changes in me. A big thank you to all at PTSD Resolution."

  • WB, Service in Afghanistan.

    "I was suffering from very low moods, anxiety and panic attacks. I had low self-esteem and I was desperate to get some help and feel better. I felt I had done a lot of thinking and even talking about my experiences and feelings and was stuck in a cycle of analysing my mood. My wife found PTSD Resolution and they put me in touch with my nearest therapist. In the first session, my therapist guided me through an incredibly powerful relaxation and a 'rewind'.

    "There was very little talking that I had to do, with no trying to find reasons for how I was feeling. After just 1 session I felt an incredible release of pressure and anxiety. PTSD Resolution provided me with 6 sessions in total, and even though I felt huge benefit from just 1, I was glad to return for the 6 sessions over a period of about a year, to learn about Human Givens and to really feel confident that I am back in control of my life. Now, about a year later I look back and am so thankful for having found PTSD Resolution. It was exactly the type of help that I needed and I hope it can be available to as many others as need it."

  • MA, Service in Iraq.

    "I spent many months (once a week) going to conventional therapy to help me come to terms with my PTSD and past issues and alcohol dependence problems but despite this I was no closer to resolving my mental health problems and was still very depressed and negative. Resolution was recommended to me and I took up the opportunity to receive therapy having received excellent reports about their work and success.

    "I had three sessions after which I no longer focus on the past or the PTSD issues which were causing me great anguish and pain and have a much more positive outlook for my future and managing my depression and negativities having been provided with the necessary coping strategies. My alcohol consumption has decreased markedly as have my low moods. Three sessions with Resolution has provided more help, support and successful treatment than 26 conventional therapy sessions did and I would have no hesitation in recommending Resolution to any veteran suffering from PTSD, depression or alcoholism.

    "The results are amazing and will help you move forward in a positive and productive manner within 2 -4 weeks. Resolution are amazing and achieve fast and successful results in a non-threatening way provided by therapists who understand the issues and are aware of the military processes and problems relating to military life and active service and in a way whereas you don't have to recall all or specific events."

  • CO, Service in Afghanistan.

    "While I was serving in Afghanistan, between September 2011 and March 2012, I was involved in several incidents resulting in the deaths and serious injury of a number of soldiers and civilians. I tried to deal with it by going to the NHS and contacting Service charities but to no avail. I then heard of PTSD Resolution through my brother-in-law and was most impressed by the Human Givens approach to emotional health and well-being. It equipped me with all the tools I needed to cope at a time when other approaches proved inadequate.

    "Four months later I am much better, thanks to PTSD Resolution, and the sterling voluntary work undertaken by them on behalf of veterans. I commend this worthy charity to those struggling with trauma as a result of their experiences in the Armed Forces. I may not have been here today had I not found PTSD Resolution in my hour of need. Thank you for being there. Even after the Falklands Pilgrimage, I don't have any nightmares, even though I thought the trip to San Carlos would set it all a-rolling again and spent a lot of time worrying about it beforehand.

    "But it didn't. Of course the day was emotional - I'm no robot - but the following nights were as peaceful as I could have hoped. I feel really great and have, at present, no problems. I have not felt this good for a long time. I will keep you informed of how I am progressing as time goes by. Many thanks for your help and support."