"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, 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."
"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. "
"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."