How NLP is helping my Complex PTSD

Something that held me back for so long was my own mindset. The inability to prevent the inner critic from continually putting me down, so I'd spend everyday believing I was never good enough no matter how hard I tried.

When I relapsed last year, there was a need to fix what I thought was unfixable as I'd experienced a taster of what life could be like. We just had to get to the bottom of this internal dialogue, find out what was causing it and move forward. As with the entire journey, everything that was needed seem to come along at the right time. From seeing a different doctor who could see my desperation and referred me to the Priory, getting the right medication to stabilise my mood to then being referred to the amazing lady who diagnosed CPTSD and got me through all this, I then came across something called NLP on YouTube by a guy called Richard Grannon.

This was a man who'd suffered with CPTSD but utilised Neurolinguistic Programming to change his though patterns and take back control of those subconscious routines and enforce a completely new and positive approach to life.

I was hooked straight away and spent months watching clips, reading and even purchased a module from his website on dealing with the inner critic. Four weeks of repetitive daily exercises, of writing and listening to audio clips gradually began to sink in. That overwhelming voice of negativity that help me back for so long and convinced me I was useless, pathetic and pointless was becoming softer, and it's place were a new set of routines that were far more helpful.

I am good enough

I am loved

Perfection doesn't exist

I am not my flashbacks

I have to look after myself before I can look after others

If people have a problem with me, that's their problem, not mine

When treatment was coming to an end in February, I'd reached a point of confusion. Who am I now? What do I want? What should I do now? There was an underlying need to take stock of what I'd experienced and somehow simplify things so it could perhaps help other people struggling with their own problems. But how?

And there appeared the next link in the chain. My amazing wife sent me a email to a free course on NLP, knowing that I'd been banging on about it for so long, so we both booked on to it, and so began the start of a new chapter in my life without realising.

As I write this blog, I'm actually half way through the NLP Practitioner course and I'm utterly hooked. It feels as though everyday there's something new to learn and utilise in everyday life. As someone who would often get worked up over a minor situation, I can now understand the context of why things may happen a certain way, and what a difference it makes.

Here are some examples

Do you overthink?

Do you struggle with personality conflicts?

Do you chase a dream thinking that will make you happy?

Do you get anxious before a presentation?

Do you want to do better in your career?

NLP can help with all of those and more, and this is why I'm doing the training. If you factor in the advantages with Mental Health, then it's a win win for everybody. Why should we struggle everyday when there are simple tools available to make life a little easier?

There's still so much to learn, but to finally have a purpose in life is a fantastic feeling and I know it's just the start of things to come.

Am I healed? No. I still get flashbacks, anxiety and drops in mood, but now they're far more manageable, and with practice it'll get easier. Those images can be shrunk, voices can be turned down and painful memories can be associated with things that make you happy.


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