in London and the surrounding areas, Glasgow, Argyll & Bute and nationwide
"The most beautiful thing in the world is watching the light come on in someone's eyes after they've been in the dark for so long."
You are not your emotions.
You are not the negative voice in your head.
You are not unhelpable.
You are not a natural worrier.
You are not a naturally anxious person.
You are not a burden.
You are not unworthy.
You are not weak.
Maybe you are not what you are telling yourself you are.
Our experiences create our beliefs about the world.
Most of us experienced trauma, yet don't recognise it as trauma, because when we think of something traumatic we think of something BIG. It clouds our judgement on everything. Trauma can be as small as a dog barking at you when you are 3 years old.
And it sticks.
Those traumatic experiences can make us feel like we're not good enough and make us anxious.
Can make us anxious daily and can hold a whole host of emotional responses.
Welcome, and thank you for visiting Lomond Therapy
Fully Qualified Trauma Specialist
If you live with PTSD, trauma, or anxiety, the idea of seeing a therapist can feel scary. Having to talk about painful memories only reinforces your suffering, which is why I take a different approach. With me, you don’t have to speak about your experiences if you don’t want to. I use established techniques that allow you to safely engage with and move past your trauma in a relaxed, calm setting, with most clients feeling they have the tools to move forward in 6 sessions or less.
Many people don’t realise that therapy shouldn’t be painful, nor does it need to take months. I create an approachable, friendly atmosphere during our sessions, enabling us to quickly get to the heart of the issue. You can always rely on me to be a straight talker who speaks to you in an honest, down-to-earth way, as opposed to alienating you with psychobabble. So, if you are looking for a welcoming, fully qualified PTSD, trauma and anxiety therapist online who you can relate to and feel comfortable with, get in touch with Lomond Therapy.
Areas I Work With
Difficulties at work
Feelings of stress or anxiety
Grief, loss or bereavement
Problems with addiction
Trauma and post-traumatic stress
Psychological and Physical Abuse
I can also work with you to help improve relaxation and confidence.
PTSD, trauma and anxiety are underpinned by triggers that remind you of a painful experience and/or emotion. Traumatic thoughts get stuck in your amygdala, causing a fight or flight response, and therefore aren’t processed properly. I guide you through the process of going through the memory in your own mind, rather than speaking about it openly, which allows you to unhook the fight or flight mechanism from the traumatic event and process it as a normal memory. Dealing with your trauma in this way, in a soothing environment, helps the event go from being overwhelming to feeling distant in your mind, enabling you to feel like yourself again.
Good mental health can only be maintained when your emotional needs are being looked after, which is why treating your PTSD is only one part of our work together. We will also focus on developing positive thought patterns in your mind, making sure your emotional needs are being looked after and, in turn, establishing a reliable platform for long-term good mental health.
I also volunteer with Frontline19, an independent UK-based organisation dedicated to connecting frontline NHS workers with trauma specialists like myself. People working at the heart of the fight against COVID-19 have experienced extremely challenging circumstances, often leading to PTSD or other trauma-related issues. I offer targeted help to these frontline workers by giving them a warm, confidential space in which to healthily process the challenging experiences they have faced since March 2020, with many people overcoming their issues after just a couple of sessions.
I have suffered from PTSD in the past. The trauma occurred when I was driving my young child to the cinema and a man nearly crashed into me. I sounded my horn at him, causing the man to exit his car and smash my windows, with my four-year-old in the back. I drove away frantically, and he chased me all the way to the police station before disappearing. A few months later, I started having symptoms of PTSD – flashbacks, panic attacks, sleep problems, etc. – that lasted for years.
I never made the connection between the event and these symptoms until I went to a therapist, who used the same treatment approach I employ today with my clients. The transformation was incredible; I couldn’t believe how quick and painless it all was and how much lighter I felt after treatment. Suddenly I could feel like myself and enjoy life again after so long in the wilderness.
Such a process inspired me to become a therapist, helping others who are in the same place as I was by helping them move past their trauma and regain some normality in their lives. After a few sessions, you should be able to view your trauma as a distant memory and feel relaxed and focused – the hardest thing to do when you are burdened by painful emotion.
I understand that reaching out to a PTSD, trauma and anxiety therapist online is a daunting experience, but you have nothing to worry about. There is no pressure on you to speak about any details of your situation at all. Just drop me an email and let me know your preferred time for a session and I will pencil it in for you.
Single Counselling Sessions
I am writing to pass on my huge thanks to your team, in particular to Morag Jeffery. I have just completed a set of phenomenal sessions with Morag. She provided an environment of incredible support, relaxation, advice, techniques as well as immensely impactful rewind therapy. As a GP, I have come across a number of counselling types both professional and personally, and I have never found such wonderful benefit or profound help from a seemingly simple yet fascinating form of therapy. Morag has a true talent and skill that I wish could be bottled! If only Rewind therapy was available to everyone with any trauma. I can not thank frontline or Morag enough for providing me with this fantastic opportunity to better my own health and ability to continue to support my patients through the pandemic. I have been highly recommending your service to colleagues and will continue to be grateful. Please pass my incredible gratitude to Morag and the frontline team.
I was referred to Morag following an assault at work. I found the incident hugely triggering, it catapulted me back to traumatic memories in my past and I began spiralling downwards.
I cannot emphasise enough how dramatically Morag’s style of counselling has helped me, not only to resume normality after the first session, but to instil a sense of joy and excitement for life I’d long forgotten, regardless of the assault.
Her relatability, clear explanations of how and why we react in trauma, and most importantly the tools to reconstruct your life. Morag’s help has not only released me from the immediate misery of the aftermath, it has translated into all areas of my life and relationships, enabling me to set boundaries, realise dreams and live optimally on my terms.
I now view the assault as a fortuitous opportunity, if it hadn’t have happened I wouldn’t have met Morag, who has given me the ability to apply her teaching and love life.
I want to thank you so much for giving me my life back. Before therapy with you, I felt like I was in a permanent state of anxiety and hyper vigilant state. I particularly liked how you noticed I had been through trauma before I said I had, it made it easier to bring to sessions! I couldn’t even say “I’ve been through what I experienced” before therapy and in our last session I was able to have a comfortable conversation with you about it. You were so flexible, compassionate and humanistic that it was easier to share the big stuff. I struggle to trust but I trusted you to keep me safe in sessions. Thank you so much for giving me back a good quality of life. I look forward to updating you about my ongoing work towards making sure no other child was failed like I was.
Hi Morag. I just wanted to let you know how I’ve been getting on since I last spoke to you. I’ve been back on my normal shifts for the past 2 weeks and things are almost back to normal. My sleeping has improved drastically and my anxiety levels when at work are much better. Thank you so much for helping me through my little blip. I don’t understand how or why the Rewind therapy worked but I’m so grateful that you were there to support me through it. There was a time I didn’t think I would ever feel like myself again but thanks to you and your therapy, I am back to my normal, stubborn, strong self doing the job I love. Thank you again.
Hello I just wanted to send an email to thank you for the time and help I have received from Frontline19.
I first contacted the charity on the 28th February. I work as an ICU nurse and had been having a very difficult time prior to reaching out. The last year working in the pandemic had affected me in so many ways. I had a short period of time where I was signed off but felt under immense pressure to return to work. I had been suffering with insomnia, panic attacks, flash backs and found it incredibly difficult to leave the house. The pandemic had not only impacted me but had started to impact on all my relationships as well.
The most frightening aspect of what I was suffering from was the overwhelming anxiety. I found myself constantly terrified terrible things were going to happen to my family. This anxiety stemmed from the things I witnessed during the pandemic. The anxiety became so overwhelming I would have near constant chest pain, pins and needles in my arms, headaches and breathlessness. When I did seek help from my GP they sent me to ED where I was made to feel like a timewaster something as an NHS nurse I found very upsetting. I was put on a waiting list for NHS therapy that I was told could be 7-8 months. In the mean time I was continuing to try and work in incredibly difficult circumstances with little to no support from my managers. When I contacted Frontline 19 I was desperate for anything that would help.
Within a matter of days I was put in touch with a therapist, Morag Jeffery. I can't explain how grateful I am to Morag and all the staff at Frontline 19 whom I know have given up their valuable time to support NHS workers. I spent many weeks having sessions with Morag where I was immediately put at ease. She had an understanding of what healthcare workers had experienced and been through that made me feel at ease to speak freely and honestly about my experiences.
Rather than purely being a listening ear Morag supplied me with strategies and coping mechanisms that made day to day life gradually get easier. She helped me rationalise and overcome my anxiety with such simple techniques when previously I had been relying on medication. Morag helped me to understand about trauma and the impact that trauma has on our mental health. By doing this I was able to process some of the memories and experiences that I still felt haunted by. But most of all she helped me see light at the end of the tunnel.
I can't thank you all enough for helping me in my time of need. I am finally starting to feel like my old self again and although there is a long road ahead for us in the NHS I feel stronger to be able to make decisions about my future wherever that may take me.
I have told many colleagues about your service and I know there are many more in need of your support. It is very difficult to feel the way healthcare workers do right now, to feel so unvalued is a difficult thing to come to terms with but knowing there are organisations like yours, full of volunteers who care and want to help means the world. So thank you. Thank you all so much. Best wishes.
In the months leading up to meeting Morag I would probably describe myself as 'broken'. I felt nothing but a deep grief and constant anxiety, and it impacted heavily on everything I did, including my job as a nurse, which I loved and which was a hugely important part of my life.
I was in tears every day, and often had no idea why. I couldn't sleep for more than a few hours a night, and when I did I had nightmares about my ward, my colleagues and my patients.
The job I loved became a source of fear and I began to have anxiety attacks frequently. All the fun things I used to enjoy became pointless, I stopped caring about everything. I went from missing my family and friends (who I couldn't see because of lockdown) to being relieved I didn't have to see them and try to pretend everything was okay. I felt disconnected from everything and everyone.
When I met Morag I didn't feel worthy of her help or time, and I didn't believe she would be able to make me feel any different to how I felt then. I spent most of the first few sessions crying and trying to articulate what I felt, but Morag was always able to listen, reassure me and somehow help me leave the sessions feeling lighter than I did at the start.
She was able to explain to me why I was experiencing these problems, and helped me understand I wasn't 'mad' but traumatised, and how the brain and body processes trauma. The therapy she used helped me face my memories and work through them, and honestly it felt like I was finally able to breathe again after feeling like I was drowning for so long. The fact that she was able to make such a dramatic change to how I felt in such a short period of time was also a massive relief.
Morag taught me practical ways to manage my triggers, to process my emotional responses and prioritise my needs. I understand myself much better and no longer feel weak or broken. I use the tools she provided me with every single day, and have begun to tell my colleagues also, so that they might benefit too.
Morag has not just given me back my life, but also the ability to continue in a career that I love, and I cannot recommend her enough.