Ex-SAS man taking on stress test

Bob Paxman, Emma McKay and Ernie and Sharon Dowell
Bob Paxman, Emma McKay and Ernie and Sharon Dowell

WIGAN is leading the way in the treatment of severe stress disorders after a trauma charity moved into a hotel in the town.

Talking 2 Minds, which specialises in treating serious cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is moving into the Bellingham Hotel, on Wigan Lane.

The charity hopes to expand its services before rolling out nationwide.

As part of the move, they have set up a networking day for Wigan businesses with speakers from Talking to Minds, at the hotel next month.

Former SAS serviceman Bob Paxman, who set up Talking 2 Minds in 2008, said: “It’s a move which really made sense for us. We’ve used the Bellingham’s conference rooms before and the accommodation for family members to stay at.

“It’s a lovely environment with very friendly and welcoming staff and we’re looking forward to working more closely with them.

“We’re right in the middle of recruiting country here in the North West so it makes sense for us to have a strong presence in Wigan.”

Bob founded Talking 2 Minds after suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and finding that mainstream treatments failed to help.

He created his own treatment programme called Change Course, which helps people come to terms with their experiences over four days of intense one-to-one counselling and therapy involving deep relaxation, hypnosis, neurolinguistic programming (NLP) and paradigm therapy.

So far the charity has treated around 350 people, and Bob says the programme’s success shows there is still a need for alternative approaches to treating stress-related conditions. He said: “I went through all the usual treatments, and when none of them worked I was told to shut up and take my medication because I would be sick for the rest of my life.

“I refused to accept that and started researching alternatives.

“It’s still not really understood. A lot of people are still trying to use Freudian theories, which involve confronting the problem directly, rather than our approach, which talks about everything in people’s lives apart from the problem to build up a more positive atmosphere.”

The Bellingham Hotel’s marketing manager Jen Hunter said: “We are so excited and honoured that Talking 2 Minds is establishing its North West base here. The work they do with service personnel is amazing.”

The networking event will be held on Monday, November 7. For more contact Sharon Dowell on 07917 126708.