You are reading this because something has happened in your life? an incident? a car crash? a mugging? abuse? bullying? a burglary? a traumatic birth? a sudden death of a loved one? a bad break up? a bad drug trip? maybe you have been subject to or witnessed violence? you might have witnessed horrific and appalling sights while serving in the military?

Now your life has changed for the worse since this event, more than it feels like it should have. Let me ask you a few questions?

  • is it still haunting you and you can't get it out of your mind? Do you endlessly play it over and over in your mind?

  • does it feel like it happened yesterday, even though it was a while back?

  • do you have a frightening sense of dread and awful or dark thoughts about the future?

  • have you found yourself getting angry a lot more often?

  • do you seem to be drinking a lot more alcohol to cope or even relying on something worse since it happened?

  • are you obsessing irrationally about things like your health?

  • have you had trouble sleeping since this happened?
  • do your friends no longer recognise you?

  • are you not yourself, and you want your old self and your life back that this thing has stolen from you?

You are not alone; You could be one of the 25% of people who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after an incident (as above). And its NOT your fault. Right now you are probably totally angry and exasperated at why you feel like this and wonder whether it will ever end. Relax... you are in the right place...

I have hundreds of hours direct experience of helping people like you overcome PTSD and get your life back. You can reclaim your life, and you will be surprised to find out that it doesn't need to be a painful or lengthy process.

Why don't you call me now and we can have a free chat about your specific situation. I can tell quickly whether I will be able to help you or whether I can refer you on to somebody else. Here's the number...

Call me now on 07710 184 520

Email me at info@nickmeredith.co.uk using the contact form

Nick Meredith - Therapist, Coach - Using Hypnotherapy, NLP and Solution Focussed Therapy

Nick Meredith

 


I normally work from my office in Wansford, just outside Peterborough in the Cambridgeshire region. I also practice from the Barns at Wansford Surgery.

I am accessible from Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire and places like Peterborough, Cambridge, Oundle, Stamford, Rutland, Wisbech, Oakham, Market Deeping, Huntingdon, March, Bourne, Corby, Whittlesey, Ramsey, Spalding and Kettering. I work with clients from across the UK.

Feedback from some clients whom I have worked with

“We have used Nick Meredith as a useful referral option for many patients with anxiety, depression and  phobias and the feedback from patients has been excellent with significant improvements in wellbeing in a short space of time”.  Dr Amrit Takhar (Wansford Surgery)

I came to see you for help with:
First visit was to work through issues related to a traumatic birth. Subsequently we did hypnobirthing and latterly a relaxation/sleep session
 
My experience of the session:

The first session was a complete revelation! If only I had come to see you a year before, my life would have been very different. I was amazed at how some simple techniques and rewiring the brain could affect how I felt on a day-to-day basis and also when dealing with the memory of the birth.

Hypnobirthing sessions were more of a preparation and the relaxation techniques tailored to preparing for delivery were very useful. I have to say it was the breathing techniques that totally changed the way I coped with the delivery. Really focusing the energy into the body as opposed to screaming and wasting it!

Impact on my life:

Enormously positive impact.

L (Northants) [PTSD, Post Natal Depression, Hypnobirthing, Sleep]

Feb 2011

 

I came to see you for help with:
Past accident making issues in my life difficult to deal with. I wanted to let go of what happened and move on with my life.


My experience of the session:

I learned that I had more connections to what happended than I first thought. The techniques were good although I find it very difficult to relax etc

Impact on my life:

It has made a positive change to that particular issue, I feel more confident in myself and am dealing with issues in a more positive way.

Vicki (Peterborough) [PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress]

Feb 2011

 

I came to see you for help with:
I was feeling a lot of negative emotions and being very self critical which i felt was preventing me from enjoying and appreciating life.  I wanted to try and see if i could have a different thought process, i didn't want this negativity which dominates my mother's life to dominate mine.
 
My experience of the session:

I found the session incredibly helpful, both interms of helping me 'get over' my traumatic c-section, but also found that i was a lot more positive about myself and the future in general.  I found that the quote you used 'what other people think of you is none of your business' to be very helpful.  i admit that i was very sceptical that hypnosis could help me so am very pleasantly surprised with the outcome.  I am sure that the hypnosis has changed my constant negativity - i still have lingering self-doubt, but this is a fraction of what i formally believed.

Impact on my life:

i felt very relieved and 'light', like i had unburdened myself.  my traumatic experience felt like another 'memory', bad memory but just a memory. so very positive

Maxine (Peterborough) [Post Natal Depression, PTSD, Anxiety]

September 2010

 
I came to see you for help with:
Relationship and self esteem problems. I wanted to get closure on my previous relationship and build on my self esteem.     

My experience of the session:
I really liked the session I had.  It went so quickly. One session was all that I needed.  My life and outlook has improved considerably and as a result my life has changed.   

Impact on my life:
Therapy has made a huge positive impact.  My self esteem grows everyday and my previous relationship no longer bothers me. My life has completely changed and so has my outlook.   

SL (Peterborough) [ Self Esteem, Getting over a relationship]
 

I came to see you for help with:
I came to see you for...Paranoia, fear, study problems, PTSD         
 
My experience of the session:
Everything was on point! It could not have been better. I felt         fully cured after one session, the second session was my decision! It gave me things to take away and use and practice!

Impact on my life:
Everything was fantastic from the very start! Took me in on an emergency basis...saved my trip to Canada! Amazing guy...puts you at ease straight away! Very understanding and good experience of life!  Would recommend him ten times over! 
AA (Peterborough)  [Post Traumatic Stress, Anxiety]

 

I came to see you for help with:
I had just broken up from a long term relationship.  I felt lost, confused and low in confidence.  I also had some feelings toward suicide
 
My experience of the session:
Nick you gave me back my old self.  I cannot thank you enough.  I have learned some great techniques and now the power of the mind is unstoppable

Impact on my life:
I felt a great weight had been lifted off my shoulders and a new out look on what I could do with my life         

Mark Breese (Post Traumatic Stress, Anxiety)

 

I came to see you for help with:
Post traumatic stress diagnosed by G.P. and wanted to address the issues of being able to come to terms with the death of my father and return back to my normal way of life.      
 
My experience of the session:
The techniques taught I still continue to use together with the tape. I feel very comfortable with the treatment and now use it to relax. I cannot think of improvements as in my case it was extremely successful

Impact on my life:
After each session I was able to focus and achieve progress on the particular issues concerned. Throughout the whole experience was a series of positives.  
 
JB (Cambridgeshire) [Post Traumatic Stress, Bereavement, Panic Attacks while driving]

 

 

DSM-IV Criteria for diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

A. The person has been exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following have been present: 

(1) the person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others (2) the person's response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror. Note: In children, this may be expressed instead by disorganized or agitated behavior.

B. The traumatic event is persistently reexperienced in one (or more) of the following ways: 

(1) recurrent and intrusive distressing recollections of the event, including images, thoughts, or perceptions. Note: In young children, repetitive play may occur in which themes or aspects of the trauma are expressed.

(2) recurrent distressing dreams of the event. Note: In children, there may be frightening dreams without recognizable content.

(3) acting or feeling as if the traumatic event were recurring (includes a sense of reliving the experience, illusions, hallucinations, and dissociative flashback episodes, including those that occur upon awakening or when intoxicated). Note: In young children, trauma-specific reenactment may occur.

(4) intense psychological distress at exposure to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event.

(5) physiological reactivity on exposure to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event.

C. Persistent avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma and numbing of general responsiveness (not present before the trauma), as indicated by three (or more) of the following: 

(1) efforts to avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations associated with the trauma 

(2) efforts to avoid activities, places, or people that arouse recollections of the trauma 

(3) inability to recall an important aspect of the trauma 

(4) markedly diminished interest or participation in significant activities 

(5) feeling of detachment or estrangement from others 

(6) restricted range of affect (e.g., unable to have loving feelings) 

(7) sense of a foreshortened future (e.g., does not expect to have a career, marriage, children, or a normal life span)

D. Persistent symptoms of increased arousal (not present before the trauma), as indicated by two (or more) of the following: 

(1) difficulty falling or staying asleep 
(2) irritability or outbursts of anger 
(3) difficulty concentrating 
(4) hypervigilance 
(5) exaggerated startle response

E. Duration of the disturbance (symptoms in Criteria B, C, and D) is more than one month.

F. The disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

Specify if
Acute: if duration of symptoms is less than 3 months 
Chronic: if duration of symptoms is 3 months or more

Specify if
With Delayed Onset: if onset of symptoms is at least 6 months after the stressor

Examples of situations / events that can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Traumatic events that are experienced directly include, but are not limited to, military combat, violent personal assault (sexual assault, physical attack, robbery, mugging), being kidnapped, being taken hostage, terrorist attack, torture, incarceration as a prisoner of war or in a concentration camp, natural or manmade disasters, severe automobile accidents, or being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For children, sexually traumatic events may include developmentally inappropriate sexual experiences without threatened or actual violence or injury. Witnessed events include, but are not limited to, observing the serious injury or unnatural death of another person due to violent assault, accident, war, or disaster or unexpectedly witnessing a dead body or body parts. Events experienced by others that are learned about include, but are not limited to, violent personal assault, serious accident, or serious injury experienced by a family member or a close friend; learning about the sudden, unexpected death of a family member or a close friend; or learning that one's child has a life-threatening disease. The disorder may be especially severe or long lasting when the stressor is of human design (e.g., torture, rape). The likelihood of developing this disorder may increase as the intensity of and physical proximity to the stressor increase

 

What to do if you are a PTSD sufferer?

If you think you are suffering from PTSD, firstly please be aware that

  • There is effective help available for most PTSD sufferers these days

  • There is increased psychological and biological knowledge of what causes PTSD how it can be resolved

Contact your GP and find a therapist who is able to help you. The Human Givens approach utilises some very effective tools for helping PTSD and they have therapists all over the UK. You can locate an HG Therapist here.

I have helped many clients overcome PTSD and regularly receive referrals of this nature from local GP surgeries. I urge you to seek help rather than assuming that things will never improve.

 
 

Call me now on 07710 184 520

Email me at info@nickmeredith.co.uk using the Contact Form