• Colin Stroud
    Co-founder and director of The Serenitas Foundation
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    Twenty five years ago, Colin, then a young businessman, started having heart palpitations and chest pains. He found himself unable to sleep and drank alcohol to help with this. He was pushing himself too hard. Unresolved issues from his childhood and school days had followed him into his adult life and were now being triggered by his role as manager of people. This had placed enormous stress on him.

    Finally, Colin discovered he had been suffering from post-traumatic stress.

    “I was a terrible manager, ready to be triggered at any time, deeply intolerant of mistakes and bawling my staff out. Now, mistakes don’t wind me up and I point out to them that the best way to learn is to mess something up. I also tell them that there is not an error they can make that cannot be overcome. Work is much more enjoyable.”

    Today Colin continues to work as an international trader, but is passionate and dedicated to the cause of The Serenitas Foundation. His belief in TIR stems from the fact it was the only “method” that got to the root cause of his problems and allowed him to face them and deal with them. Other therapies took the top off the issues, but TIR went far deeper, resulting in a huge reduction in personal stress.

    He believes TIR should be an option that is available for all and is ideal for both one-way professional delivery or as a peer and reciprocal “two-way” activity in the field of personal growth.


  • Estelle Post
    Co-founder and director of The Serenitas Foundation
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    Estelle is a qualified Human Resources professional, mother to four children, step mother to three and a grandmother. She runs administration and accountancy for The Serenitas Foundation. Estelle believes TIR is an invaluable tool in helping people overcome traumas in their lives. A single 45 minute session of TIR stopped her life-long and debilitating fear of spiders.

    “I had been scared of spiders ever since I could remember. While on holiday in the Caribbean and travelling in a taxi, a huge black spider ran from the back parcel shelf, over my shoulder, body and legs. I couldn’t jump out of the taxi as it was moving quickly and I felt trapped and fearful. This encounter left me with a vivid mental picture of the spider and a feeling of panic that wouldn’t go away. Wherever I looked I saw a huge black spider shape in front of my eyes. A short TIR session enabled me to confront this image and trace the cause of my arachnophobia back to its root when I was a young girl. This erased the phobia.”

    Estelle can now scoop up any spider with gusto!

    Estelle finds the theory and practise of TIR an invaluable asset in parenting and grand-parenting, “its vital never to take a piece of behaviour at face value.”

    She has experienced a reduction in personal stress making it far easier to support family and friends, and help employees overcome their difficulties.

    “Its important to really listen to people and to appreciate that the traumatic impact of an event is completely subjective to the individual. Also, knowing that peoples’ present time negative behaviour, fears, phobias and fixed ideas are the result of the unresolved traumas they carry is information every parent and manager needs to know.”