Heal and recover from trauma

Solution focused perinatal trauma therapy

'For the first
time in a long
while I feel happy and looking forward to the future…a million miles away from where I was this time last year. I will forever be thankful to you for pulling me out that dark hole'- Angie

Activate your natural ability to heal and recover. Create resilience, move forward and ‘feel like you’ again.

Birth trauma can affect your mental health and overall wellbeing. It can affect bonding with your baby, your relationships and ability to function and experience normal emotions.

If you have experienced or witnessed a traumatic birth, miscarriage, stillbirth or termination you may experience grief, flashbacks, hypervigilance, anxiety, nightmares, anger or guilt. 

Don’t suffer in silence. With the right support you can move forward.

Birth Trauma Scotland provides research-based, solution focused perinatal trauma therapy that will equip you with the right tools and techniques to activate your natural ability to heal.

Gemma Nealon: Helping you to move forward…

As co-founder of ‘Birth Trauma Scotland’ I am passionate about raising awareness and treating birth and perinatal trauma and postnatal PTSD as a Birth Trauma Resolution Therapist. 

I combine years of experience as a midwife and Natal Hypnotherapy practitioner with specialist training in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Eye Movement Desensitization, Reprocessing (EMDR)and Brain Working Recursive Therapy, accredited by the Royal College of Midwives and Human Givens Institute of psychotherapy. 

This approach is powerful and highly effective – only three sessions are normally needed for you to feel relief from these debilitating symptoms and completely recover.


"I just wanted to tell you that I am sitting here enjoying a glass of red wine in front of the fire, listening to Joni Mitchell, Margo is blissfully sleeping and I feel so happy. It's almost too much, like my heart is overflowing. I didn't think I would ever be able to feel like this again. I used to think this feeling was one resigned to the past that I wouldn't be able to feel again but you helped me open up and find myself. I still don't know how you did it, utter magic (and a wee bit of science(!). Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You clever, wonderful lady for giving me my life back, actually more than that as I am finally able to enjoy this new life that includes my gorgeous baby girl and not just feel like I have to protect her. I can now just enjoy her which is an entirely different feeling all together. So grateful I found you. You saved me. Sarah xx.'
Sarah Lawther

Your experience of trauma is unique

Do you suffer from flashbacks, nightmares or intrusive thoughts? 

Do you avoid hospitals or meeting friends who are pregnant or have a baby? 

Are you constantly feeling ‘low’, tearful or guilty?

Do you feel hypervigilant – constantly alert, irritable or jumpy?

Is it difficult to remember the events surrounding your traumatic labour and birth?

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these symptoms, you may be experiencing trauma. Some women can also develop an extreme fear of pregnancy and childbirth, known as tokophobia. Birth partners and health care professionals can also experience birth trauma after witnessing a traumatic birth. 

Sadly, these symptoms often go unrecognised and the effects can impact your daily life in a big way. But you can change this by accessing fast, effective therapy that can eliminate these debilitating symptoms.

"The birth of my baby was traumatic, the effects were far reaching and entwined in all areas of my life, I lived in it's shadow for 6 years, struggling with anxiety and PTSD. When I established my own business as a perinatal yoga instructor, I knew I had to face up to the trauma, so reached out to Gemma. She has been amazing and the experience has turned my life around. As well as being able to quickly target the birth trauma, she has helped me realise my full potential. I can rebuild my confidence, which I had struggled with for a long time, and start living life fully. Thank you Gemma. '
Nikki Hunter
"I realised I was in an almost constant state of fear and panic. I was living in the past and recognised that the time had come to heal that trauma. I was exhausted by my anxiety, I couldn't shake events of the past and felt they were very present in my life. After working with Gemma it was like a switch had gone off that had been on for a very long time. I felt content, present and calm. Feelings that were foreign to me and I hadn't felt these feelings in well over a decade. I feel free and that I am now safe.

I loved the insightful chats with Gemma and I loved the meditations, they were incredible. Also learning about trauma from a neurological perspective was really helpful.
Katie Whyte

Quickly heal and recover with personalised treatment

I have extensive experience of working with those affected by traumatic perinatal trauma and postnatal PTSD, including those affected by miscarriage or who suffer from phobias related to birth, such as tokophobia or vaginismus. I also have experience of working with people who have been affected by abuse and sexual abuse.  

Induction of labour, emergency medical interventions and premature birth can all be extremely traumatic and trigger PTSD. Associated events connected to a birth or the postnatal period can also cause similar distress, including lack of medical care, traumatic scans during pregnancy, coping with repeated sleep deprivation, problems with breastfeeding or a baby with reflux.  

Your treatment will be personalised to address your individual experience so that you can quickly heal, recover and move forward.

Getting a diagnosis

Only around 7% of women are diagnosed with PTSD after childbirth. It is thought that a further 20 – 25% of women that have symptoms go undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed as suffering from postnatal depression. 

You do not need to have fully diagnosable PTSD to receive treatment – if you have negative feelings about any aspect of your pregnancy, birth or postnatal period, then I can help you.

Your symptoms may include:

"I couldn’t even talk or think back to the bad times and I felt absolutely consumed by anxiety and felt hopeless and scared about the future. I arrived at your house scared and anxious and left feeling a sense of calmness that I hadn’t felt in months. I feel like people need to know about you and want to tell everyone about you. I can’t thank you enough for getting me out of a nightmare and back into my normal life. After the session I felt absolutely amazed- I could not believe how the treatment worked straight away and drove away grinning from ear to ear- I couldn’t believe what had just happened. I feel lighter, able to talk about the past with such a feeling of distance to the bad times and full of hope for the future. I also just feel more peaceful and able to cope. It was so easy to talk to you and I felt you really listened and empathised. I had complete trust in you that the treatment would work but I was shocked at how instant the turnaround was."
RG
"For the two years after Odhran’s birth, the trauma was so consuming, and looking back it took over more than I realised at the time. Those few one-to-one sessions with you helped me find me again and allowed me to live. It allowed me to get some distance between his birth and, for the first time, allowed me to enjoy him and being his mum.'Those few one-to-one sessions with you helped me find me again and allowed me to live. It allowed me to get some distance between his birth and, for the first time, allowed me to enjoy him and being his mum. Being booked in for an elective, I made the mistake of completely focusing on this and never even contemplated going into labour. So when the signs of labour started at 33+5 I was terrified! However, we were both able to use many of the tools we had learnt from you, and this ultimately meant I pushed my own baby out! Something I thought I would never do. We spent 2 weeks in SCBU, which felt like a lifetime when we were in the middle of it but I certainly learnt a lot. I know that this journey would have been very different and a lot more difficult without the support and tools from you. For the first time in a long while I feel happy and looking forward to the future…a million miles away from where I was this time last year. I will forever be thankful to you for pulling me out that dark hole ♥️"
Ashleigh

I also offer complete, personalised integrated treatment for non-birth related trauma, PTSD, phobias, anxiety, depression and other related symptoms via @gemmanealon

“I feel calmer, stronger, more capable. I hadn’t realised how unhappy I was when I woke up in the morning until that was taken away. It really worked well for me- there was a bus door to door, so the location was super convenient. The space was calm and clear. I hadn’t expected the results to be so instant- but if i’d known that in advance I don’t think it would have changed anything, except maybe made me more anxious in case it didn’t work. Thank you so much for helping- it has been a game changer for me.”
Vicci
“I am feeling fab. Thank you so much. James commented how I even look different…like all the tension has gone. I went to toddler group on Thursday and people were chatting about their births and I just sat and listened and didn’t actually have a desire to share my experience because it’s not really part of me anymore. Does that make sense? I didn’t feel a need to go in to it and everyone was happy to just chat about themselves so it probably went unnoticed. And for the first time , I noticed, there’s other people who just sit and calmly listen too. I also feel so excited about this upcoming birth. I really can’t quite believe how one session has done what it has. I had high hopes but you have more than exceeded them! Thank you so much. I feel like I’ve been freed of all the torture of Alex’s birth (and the run up to the day). I am not sure if I’m reading too much into it … but … I just feel calmer. Quietly happier (and more confident). It’s a great thing you are doing.”
Sarah H

COMMON SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BIRTH TRAUMA AND PTSD

Re-living aspects of the trauma

Alertness or feeling on edge

Avoiding feelings or memories

“During the months after the birth of my second son I started suffering terrible mental and physical anxiety. My doctor prescribed me antidepressants but I wanted to get to the root of it and was looking for a long term solution. Initially I didn’t think my anxiety was related to my births but as soon as I spoke to Gemma I realised it was all very much connected. Gemma was very good at helping me clarify what my real issues were. The day of my session I felt a bit nervous as I wasn’t sure what to expect but Gemma immediately made me feel calm and in a safe environment; she is incredibly friendly and professional. As we started to explore my births and current health I felt at ease and ended up unravelling other past times that have been a cause of my anxiety. We went through a lovely relaxation hypnosis exercise and I could really feel my body starting to let go and relax. When working through some of the more difficult issues I felt very emotional but always comfortable and in control. At the end of the session I felt a great sense of calm and relief. Gemma gave me lots of helpful tools to use so I am more confident coping with some of life’s more testing times. A real weight has been lifted. I saw and felt improvements quickly. It has helped me reach a more balanced state of mind definitely, and an amazing mind, body and soul awareness. I can’t thank Gemma enough, I highly recommend her for anyone. It really reached into all areas.”
Lucy S
“The sessions were hugely beneficial to my emotional health and wellbeing. Gemma really helped me to understand the symptoms and reasons for my PTSD. She helped me feel relaxed and comfortable to share my experience. I could not believe the difference I felt after 2 sessions. Prior to this I could not think ahead to a positive birthing experience with my baby as I would get stuck reliving my past experience. Just a huge thank you! I thought this was something I would have to manage and get used to. I didn’t even realise the extent to which my PTSD had filtered into parts of my life. I cannot believe the difference and I feel so grateful that I will approach my second birth in a much calmer, more positive frame of mind, which would not have been possible otherwise. This will not only help me but also my baby, at a very special time. Thank you! I really hope you are able to expand and help many more women..”
Anonymous Mother
“I can’t quite believe how different I felt after just one session. Prior to speaking to Gemma I felt sad, teary and even a bit angry when I thought about what happened during the birth, it felt incredibly unfair that I had such a tough birth experience and I couldn’t talk or think about it without getting extremely upset. I was also terrified even thinking about the possibility of having another baby way down the line, but I hadn’t realised just how anxious I had been constantly feeling until after my session. I feel like a massive weight has been lifted, I feel back to my normal self and can look back on the birth without any real negative emotions, instead I can just think about it as the day I got to meet my wonderful little baby. I can acknowledge that it was tough and completely rubbish that it went the way it did, but those feelings of anger and sadness no longer tarnish the memory of the birth of my wee girl. What’s more I no longer feel scared about maybe having to go through another birth, instead I feel like I can look back and use the experience to help me be prepared in the future. It seems almost miraculous that just one session can help so much! Gemma was brilliant, she scheduled a follow-up session to check how it had helped so I really felt looked after. The whole experience has been amazing, such a feeling of relief!.”
Rachel Wilson
“I loved that I felt I could be completely honest about my thoughts and feelings and get a straight, unbiased yet compassionate and honest response back. We would like to say thank you for giving us the chance to meet with you again as it helped us both greatly in grieving for Lola’s death. It’s hard to put down in words at how lucky and grateful we are to have taken part in your workshop as we have no doubt that it has influenced our ability to grieve for Lola and allowed us to express the joy she has given us in both past, present and future.”
Louise and James Ferguson