Gareth Murrell's Story

Author: Garreth Murrell
Gareth Murrell's Story

As a veteran, Garreth was keen to help others once he'd managed to overcome his own PTSD. As a result of his Fellowship he now runs an award winning charity doing just that.

Fourteen years after leaving the army, Garreth Murrell found himself in personal crisis. He had developed a debilitating stammer, and was suffering from paranoia, sleeplessness and flashbacks. Garreth attempted counselling and psychotherapy in an attempt to improve his condition, but it wasn’t until he discovered Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) that he experienced a breakthrough. NLP was developed in the 1970s as a means of changing behaviour through communication and psychotherapy. In Garreth’s case, it proved so successful that he went on to train as a practitioner, and in 2010 set up a charity, Veterans at Ease, to make the treatment available to others.

Garreth's 2011 Fellowship took him to the US and Canada, where he was able to research the use of NLP with war veterans in the US and Canada, and was particularly inspired by the Canadian system of peer family support groups. Since Garreth’s Fellowship, Veterans at Ease has thrived.  In 2012 a BIG Lottery funding award was followed by an award for Outstanding Achievement from County Durham Community Foundation. 

Garreth's personal journey continues as he enters his fourth year of Psychotherapy training. He is also involved in academic research projects including a Newcastle University study to compare CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) with NLP.