Counselling and Psychotherapy
‘I worked with Michaela For 3 years during which her guidance and thoughtful feedback have helped me to change patterns of thinking and behavior for the better. Michaela has empowered me to make changes in my life in ways I’d never even imagined. I cannot recommend her highly enough!’ (Psychiatrist, family of origin issues, loss of direction)
‘Michaela was a tremendous support, an excellent listener and all times discreet and professional, She is very grounded, wise and knowledgeable and communicates excellently on professional training matters, while showing great empathy and tact in personal matters. I would unreservedly recommend her as a Therapist and Trainer‘. (Male Scientist, bereavement, career issues,)
“Improved stronger relationships”
“Supporting you to overcome issues affecting mental health and well being.”
“Supporting your personal and professional growth.”
“Overcome obstacles, anxiety and fear.”
“Aspire your full potential.”
Offering you counselling, psychotherapy,hypnotherapy and coaching face to face or as online counselling. Our Motto is to help you to transcend obstacles affecting your mental health and well being and Aspire to your full potential
Our therapists are warm, caring and professional and can support you through challenging and painful times. We are highly skilled in creating insight and skills to improve mental health, well being, engagement and performance. We are accredited with the ‘Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy‘ and committed to the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct
Our process combines the highest levels of psychological expertise with practical tools to affect cognitive, emotional and behavioral change.
Our Services Benefits
We have extensive clinical experience working with a wide range of issues affecting mental health and well being which include:
Our approach integrates a variety of treatments including psychotherapy, person centered counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and hypnosis. These are tailored to meet your specific needs
* Person centered Counselling.
Read more … This form of talk therapy focuses on creating a safe, supportive, non- judgemental and empathic Therapeutic relationship. This approach positively values you as a human being and focuses on the here and now by helping you to experience and reconnect with self perception and self worth.
* Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:
Read more … Cognitive behavioral Therapy is an time lined, solution focused Therapy that has been scientifically proven to produce successful outcomes for addiction, anxiety treatment, depression, stress management, and panic attacks. CBT holds the premise that the way you feel is largely influenced by your beliefs which affects how you behave. CBT helps to identify, challenge and overcome self- limiting thinking patterns and behaviours.
* Life skills Therapy:
Read more … This approach helps develop individual growth and potential by teaching core life skills, practical growth resources and self- healing tools.
* Psychodynamic Therapy:
Read more … This empirically supported therapy helps to uncover underlying unconscious conflicts and unresolved feelings from earlier experiences that are contributing to maladaptive present symptoms and patterns. – Transactional Analysis This process examines and explores models of communication, repetitive behaviours and interaction as a result of early childhood conditioning, experience and development. – Somatic Trauma Therapy This form of therapy is used to treat all manner of trauma from experiences of assault/violence, abuse, accidents, emotional or physical shock. It helps to unblock, release and regulate shock or trauma energies which are held in the nervous system. This is done in a safe step by step process.
* Play Therapy
Read more … This approach is particuliarly beneficial for children. It helps to develop a deeper understanding of difficult emotions, experiences, thoughts and relationships within a safe, supportive environment. Useful for children who have experienced family breakdown, trauma, bereavement/loss, school related difficulties, boundary issues and self-esteem/confidence issues
* Creative Therapy
Read more … Creative therapy is often used with talk therapy. Suitable for adults and children. This involves the use of play, art, sand, storytelling, image work and body awareness to access and express emotions and unresolved issues that may be difficult to express in words.
To Book an appointment
Offering a complimentary phone consultation whereby you can discuss your issues, or concerns and decide if you want to book an initial appointment. All contact is completely confidential.
“I met Michaela while taking part in RTE’s ‘The Love Clinic’. I was very nervous about inviting TV cameras into my life but Michaela made filming so easy to the point that I even forgot cameras where in the room during our sessions. She has an amazing ability to help you make sense of things and has actually changed my way of thinking. Some of the most simple things in life that I complicated for many years I now see clearly. My experience with Michaela has been truly “lifechanging”, I wish I met her 10 years ago!!”
Male Doctor (Stress/anxiety treatment)
“I have gained tremendous insight into the causes of my stress and anxiety and learned invaluable relaxation techniques that have made a huge difference to my life. I would highly recommend this course and Michaela.”
Female Client (Stress/assertiveness)
“I worked with Michaela on work related Stress Management & Assertiveness. I found it extremely helpful & practical,as well as surprisingly enjoyable! Michaela has the perfect balance between warmth & professionalism. I cannot recommend her highly enough!”
Advanced assertiveness course participant
“I would highly recommend the Advanced Assertiveness Day. It is a great opportunity to review the topics covered and develop more confidence with skills, as there is lots of time to practice. I also learned a lot more on Conflict Resolution and managing strong emotions and difficult situations”
Advanced assertiveness course participant
“I really enjoyed the refresher course. It was great to review the changes made, recap on some skills that I had forgotten and to hear other people’s stories. I loved the new frameworks, which give a great, easy to follow structure to apply Assertiveness.”
Male Client (Anger management)
I met with Michaela because I had been struggling to control my anger and had been flying off the handle at the smallest of things and I sought Michaela’s advice for anger management. I found Michaela’s advice extremely helpful. She was non-judgmental, listened thoroughly and gave straightforward logical advice in a very objective and honest way. She pointed out ways I could manage my anger better that worked. I’d have no hesitation in recommending Michaela to someone else in similar position.
Female client (Stress management, anxiety treatment)
I was referred to Aspire with anxiety linked to workplace stress, combined with infertility problems in my personal life. I found their rounded approach worked really well, combining concrete, practical advice on stress management with a thoughtful exploration of the underlying behaviours and beliefs contributing to my issues. The sessions enabled me to gain a better understanding of myself, which really helped me to overcome the anxiety. Even more importantly, they gave me a toolkit for managing similar situations and looking after myself for life.
Female Client (Self Esteem)
I want to thank Michaela, who taught me to own my true self and my imperfections too. Thank you for helping me to learn how to say no and empower me to just try.
Female Client (Anxiety treatment)
I came to Aspire Counselling searching for help with my panic attacks and anxiety. With the help of the techniques given to me and talking through my life I was able to understand what was prompting my anxiety and how to reduce it significantly. I learned that if I was to change my thinking of a situation it would change how I felt in that situation too. I came out feeling a lot more confident about my abilities and a lot calmer. I would definitely recommend Aspire Counselling to anyone who is seeking help in this area.
Female client ( Panic attacks)
Michaela has a knack at helping you get to the real issue fast and in a non judgemental and secure environment. I was quickly able to move through my issues on two separate occasions. I still use the techniques taught to me.