I was a scared and anxious person living in the shadow of panic and social anxiety and now I feel I’m back in control

After years of living with anxiety, panic disorder and horribly anxious feelings surrounding my social anxieties, I was running on empty about the tools to cope with anything. I knew I desperately needed help so I decided to take action – even though I seriously doubted that anything or anyone could help me. I began to research CBT online and came across Onebright who recommended that I have a consultation with Shamira

Making the decision to seek help was easy as I was very prepared for it not to work. However, after the initial consultation, I felt a glimmer of hope and gradually began to invest as much time as I could into the methods and tasks I was set.

The first meetings with Shamira gave me confidence and reassurance as she understood how dreadful and debilitating anxiety could be. I began to put everything into it because I implicitly trusted this person and the techniques and strategies that were laid out. I also desperately wanted my life to change and was now prepared to do what I needed to make this happen.

By allowing myself to believe I could get better, I was slowly but surely able to start taking the control back, and for the first time in my life, I felt mentally strong and much more able to cope.

The road to freedom from anxiety hasn’t been an easy one, there have been many highs and lows and some serious challenges, and it’s still very much a work in progress, but Shamira is always able to help me navigate through and help me find ways of dealing with the problems I’m faced with.

I would recommend Onebright and CBT to anyone who is living with anxiety and can’t see a way out. I’ve been a scared and anxious person living in the shadow of anxiety, and now I feel I’m back in control and more importantly have a deeper understanding of why this has happened to me and how to manage it.

Anonymous, Feb 2017 

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