If you are a veteran reading this because you are researching something for yourself but don’t know who, or what, to reach out to, you are in the right place!
I was introduced to Colin via the Royal Marines Charity. Through his personal and professional experience of the Marines, he understands the unique language, culture, and operational demands of the Royal Marines. This was hugely important in making me at ease with what can be a very difficult process to go through; there was never a need for me to explain or justify anything.
Colin’s commitment to help me understand and resolve my PTSD was clear to see throughout the process. He worked around my professional and personal commitments to ensure treatment was available. He applied what I understand now to be the latest best practice in PTSD treatment.
The results are clear; I am now able to live life without unwanted negative and painful reflections on my past. My mental resilience has been strengthened, and I feel like a weight that I have carried for many years has been lifted from me. Thank you.
I was involved in a potentially life threatening accident which left me very anxious and depressed. This put a tremendous strain on my marriage and relationship with my family. I was diagnosed as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. I was referred to a psychologist called Colin Howard, and I received a treatment called EMDR. The treatment has had a positive outcome for me and my family. I was treated with dignity and respect, Colin is a true gentleman, and is a true expert in his field.
I started working with Colin in February 2014 and I was a wreck, I was always stressed, had anxiety as well as depression. I was fearful every day and could either be as high as a kite or couldn't get out of bed. Through working with Colin over the last 5 months I have completely returned to the bubbly, happy person I was many years ago. I cannot thank Colin enough for his help, he has saved my life. He helped explain where in the brain my problems were and the root cause of this. He has taught me so many breathing techniques and meditation exercises and I now feel I can take on the world. Words cannot express my gratitude to this man, thank you so much Colin.
I am a 53 years old and since the age of 3 or 4 experienced one trauma after the other including sexual abuse, neglect and was orphaned by age of 13. Life has always been an uphill struggle and the feelings of self loathing and failure have continued throughout my whole life. Failed marriages, bankruptcy self imposed ill health both physical and mental. I’d seen therapists and counsellors many times. They tried to help and were good and kind but somehow nothing changed for me. I was often described as aggressive and obstructive....I’m neither. I was diagnosed with complex Post traumatic stress disorder, given antidepressants and left to get on with ruining my life.
Finally, I was introduced to Colin Howard in spring 2018. I was dubious for a while because I didn’t really understand the concept of EMDR. He explained it all to with patience and in simple terms and put me at my ease. I felt complete trust and confidence in Colin from the start.
Our sessions were often gruellingly difficult and exhausting , and at times I felt like a wrung out dish cloth! The next session would be lots of laughter and fun, but which ever way it went I always felt it was worthwhile and that something positive was being accomplished .
It’s been a good few months since I last saw Colin but this morning, out of the blue I had an experience which at one time would have sent me into an absolute meltdown and ruined the whole day. Instead, I chuckled at a memory that Colin and I had created during a session! It felt fantastic to know that I’m now in control of my emotions. I understand them. And I can live with them.
I encourage anyone seeking help with trauma to see Colin Howard. I will always be grateful to him.
I made contact with Colin when I felt quite desperate. It is difficult to describe the depths of despair I was experiencing, I began to think it would be better to be dead than go on in the state I was in. I rang Colin in this state of desperation, I did not know where to turn.
I had been in a serious bike accident several months earlier, and the accident and my injuries were badly handled and I was very traumatised by the whole incident. As time passed I just felt worse and worse, more anxious and more depressed by the day, ending up in A and E with a panic attack. I guess I was suffering from PTSD. I rang and talked to Colin and from the moment I spoke to him I felt I had a life line in place, he had such a kind, reassuring presence. He started treatment with me soon after and the effects were dramatic. EMDR seems like a miracle treatment and for me it was a miracle.
Five sessions later I am back to normal, I am happy, enjoying my life, looking forward to the future, a complete turn-around. It is difficult to put into words how much Colin has helped me but he has and I will always be grateful. Colin is extremely skilled, supportive, kind. I feel very lucky to have found Colin, got my life and myself back.