Man Beats PTSD Thanks to the Brilliant Speakmans
The victim of a chilling supermarket knife attack says he has "defeated" his crippling post-traumatic stress disorder - thanks to therapists Nik and Eva Speakman.
Andrew Osbourne appeared on This Morning where he told of a horrifying knife attack back in 2011.
Andrew was one hour into his job as a security guard at a supermarket in Wolverhampton when he was threatened by a man armed with knives.
His attacker chased him around the store, threatening to kill him and his family, before a store manager wrestled him to the ground
The harrowing incident left Andrew suffering with severe post-traumatic stress disorder.
On This Morning Andrew was introduced to therapists The Speakmans who took him through their five-point test in a bid to help him face his fears and rebuild his life.
Speaking about his harrowing flashbacks, Andrew said: "Sometimes I see a knife coming through my chest. I still say 'why me?"
Breaking down in tears, he continued: "Since the attack I've been suffering [from] irrational thoughts. I just didn't want to be here anymore, in a nutshell. I just didn't want to be around anymore."
Following his therapy sessions with The Speakmans Andrew said his life had transformed and he was able once again to visit busy public places, including London's Waterloo station.
He said: "I'm sleeping like a baby now."
Andrew has even been able to return to the shop where he was attacked - and has been able to touch a knife for the first time in four years.
He said: "At first when they told me they were going to take me back to the place where it happened I thought 'Yeah, we have to do this."
He continued: "I've defeated it."
The former security guard was confronted with a picture of the horrifying array of weapons used to attack him, as well as CCTV images of the incident.
He said: "I couldn't [look at it] because it was haunting me for a long time."
Explaining how they helped him to overcome the traumatic experience, Eva Speakman said: "What we did was make Andrew accept it happened. We can see that he has let it go.
"He really was so broken when he came to see us and we were desperate to help him."
Source: The Mirror