"Reeling in self-doubt, anxiety, loss of confidence, heart pounding out of my chest and an almost permanent heady fog, I was referred to Shona Irvine who helped lift my dark cloud of depression and those overwhelming unhelpful self-destructive thoughts.
Professional yet relatable, trust was easy to establish as Shona never judged but gently encouraged me to explore issues which I somehow had managed to bury, deny, excuse yet somehow allow it to consume every thought to the point where even basic every day functions became insurmountable creating anxiety. Sounds were magnified, i was constantly on edge...a frightening lonely time.
Shonas experience and knowledge coupled with her kind engaging personality created a safe private confidential environment for change to happen. She helped cut a clear path through the maze of doubt, fear and misery I was experiencing and together we explored new coping strategies, and achievable goals.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy became my friend, an exploration into a new world if possibilities, challenging negative thought patterns, problem solving became easier, my hope and self esteem improved.
Shona helped me find coping strategies that I knew existed yet lack of self worth at that time and my emotional blindness prevented me from utilizing.
Shonas skills extend beyond CBT and any one type of therapeutic intervention making her an ideal choice for anyone ready and willing to address the debilitating and miserable feelings of anxiety and depression."
"After thinking about doing CBT for a few years I finally decided to go for it. I am so glad I built up the courage to contact Shona. I am now able to look forward to social events instead of worrying and my everyday anxiety is much better.
Shona was so easy to talk to and made me feel at ease."
"Through CBT she gave me the tools and skills I needed to find better ways to cope with worries and issues that I had been facing.
I now feel confident in my self and my abilities, to deal with any difficult situations or negative thinking patterns that may arise in the future. She is wonderful at what she does – so compassionate and skilled. Understood my needs and really listened to me! Shona was empathetic, caring, open and I think genuinely happy for me to have made such progress.
Saying thank you doesn’t feel like enough!"
"I contacted Shona after I was suffering from anxiety after a bad experience on holiday. Immediately I felt like I could open up to her, and felt relaxed.
"She allowed me help myself with CBT, by thinking more rationally and understanding why I felt the way I did. I cannot recommend Shona and CBT enough, it saved me. "
"Working with Shona has been a real pleasure through what could've otherwise have been a downward spiral. She put me completely at ease from day 1 and I was able to discuss and work through things I likely otherwise wouldn't have felt comfortable with.
Our sessions coming to an end was bitter sweet as she is a delight to get along with, however our work together has provided me with many tools I can remind myself of going forward that help change my way of thinking and reaction to events when required."
"I can’t thank Shona enough, I’ve been given the tools to move on to the next stage in my life, and I feel much more in control."
"Shona has a very practical approach to managing issues. She is realistically and reassuring positive and gives easy to understand examples and practices.
She is patient and compassionate while being proactive and constructively challenging when she needs to be. I found this combination of empathy and testing thought perceptions immensely helpful.
If you are considering therapy for the first time and have had a bad experience, I’d highly recommend Shona."