Ricky - Former Royal Marine:
Looking back, it was painfully obvious that I needed help. I’d undergone some counselling sessions a while back, but to be honest they were not of any benefit to me at all. I found them frustrating and they just made me anxious, knowing that the reception wasn’t going to be particularly welcoming. It wasn’t making what I was going through any easier. It simply ticked someone else’s box.
What I’ve learned since is that the past is the past – I can’t change it. But instead of dwelling on it, I’m getting rid of it, asking myself whether it’s really important.
I remember that even after the first session with Stand Easy, there was a buzz. I had a spring in my step. I wasn’t sure what had just happened, and in a way I’m still not, but I just felt more confident. I’d always been confident in my abilities at work, but what I’d been doing was throwing myself too much into that, and I was destroying everything else and everybody around me. Even in that very first session, I learned it was important to balance things – your life and work and your whole well-being. We identified that I was totally exhausted. It was like I was running on 20 per cent power.
I remember saying early on, ‘I know this is going to be a long process, but I feel great.’ But Naji said, ‘No, this is not going to be a long process. You’re almost there now.’ After four or five sessions I realised, actually, that there’s no need for it to be a long process, because my energy levels had lifted, I was thinking more clearly, physically I felt good, and I was bumping into people who were saying, ‘My god, you look well.’
Colin - Former RAF Mechanical Engineer:
I’m sleeping a lot better, I’m eating better, I’m more likely to get out of my routine, which is a very good thing. I had a lot of anger and stress, and now I’m generally happier in myself. Some of the other lads have seen the difference in me too – even our mental health nurse said, ‘God, you’re looking well!’ They can see a change. I used to have a lot of trouble sleeping – I’d wake up sweating and I had to have new pillows every month. But since I’ve been having this treatment I haven’t been having nightmares. I’m going to bed happily and because I’m sleeping better, I feel better. And that’s in little more than a month.
Darren - Former Logistics Corps:
Have just been for my second treatment today. After the first I felt so much better even after walking out of the room. It’s a feeling I can’t explain, I just knew whatever had happened it was good. After my second treatment today I am literally buzzing with joy. If I was any more relaxed I would be asleep. I don’t know what this man does to me and I don’t care. I feel like a new person I have my life back on track. There are no waiting lists, there is no paperwork. You just go in have a little chat and get on with it and then go home. Thank you, Stand Easy.
I would like to say a massive thank you to Naji, Angus and the Stand easy charity for the support and treatment I have received over the last couple of months. I have been suffering with PTSD for 6 years since leaving the armed forces and this is the best treatment by far I have received. I feel much more confident and less anxious in public places. I feel a lot less stressed and have no more anger outbursts. I have much more energy and am able to think a lot more clearly. I generally feel like a new woman! I would highly recommend anyone suffering with PTSD to step forward and go to see Naji. He is a warm and friendly man who is amazing at what he does and it really works! I heard an advisement on the radio and called as I was really suffering. They arranged for me to go in straight away. In just 5 sessions I feel amazing and much better within myself and I am looking forward to my next session with Naji.
Simon - Former Army Officer
Working with Naji has literally turned my life around. I spent over 20 years in the Forces as an Officer and carried the trauma of what I had witnessed into my life as a civilian. I was like a shadow person – physically in the room but never present in reality. I suffered nightmares and had an extremely heightened startle reflex. I found that the traditional ‘talking’ treatments made me worse.
I was at a very low point when I met Naji and was stunned to find that I felt calmer after just the first treatment. It felt as if the volcano inside me had grown weaker. Now, after just 6 weeks I feel much, much better. I am able to control my negative thoughts, I am sleeping better and not jumping at every loud noise. Yesterday, whilst walking in town, I was startled by a car back firing. Although I jumped, I immediately understood I was not in danger and was able to control my emotions and return to calmness rapidly. I cannot emphasise enough the difference the treatments have made to my life and that of my family. Thank you Naji from the bottom of my heart.
Robert - Ex Army
I had 18 sessions of CBT which didn’t do anything. Then I was offered Rapid Eye Movement Desensitisation but only once I was stabilised so I was put on a load of medications. Then I found out about Stand Easy and what he does is amazing. How it works I don’t know but it does. I’m off all my medications now.
Caroline D - Ex Army
Hi, I’m doing good at moment thank you so much for your help. Xxx It’s changed my life around. Thank you.
Darren - Ex Army
I went to a military charity because I was crying all the time, didn’t know why, and they just shoved me on pills. They [the pills] were sending my memory all bad and I thought there had got to be another way. I’ve stopped taking them now, since seeing Naji. I’ve got a lot to cope with at home and I wasn’t coping before. Now, since seeing Naji, I’ve dealt with stuff which, before, would have sent me over the edge but it hasn’t – I’ve just got on with it.