Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy Testimonials

​​​​Read inspiring stories of transformation through holistic counselling at Aspire. Explore real accounts of success and the impact of our psychotherapy services.
“As we embarked on our journey to explore the world of psychotherapy, we were fortunate to stumble upon Aspire Counselling & Psychotherapy. From the moment we crossed their threshold…
it became clear that this establishment is a cut above the rest. In the realm of services, Aspire truly excels. With a team of experienced and empathetic therapists, our personal growth and healing felt like their top priority. They seamlessly adapted their approach to cater to our unique needs, leaving us with a sense of genuine care and understanding that’s hard to find elsewhere. Efficiency is a hallmark of Aspire’s operation. We never had to endure long waits, as appointments were promptly scheduled and adhered to. The professionalism and punctuality displayed by their staff is a testament to their commitment to client satisfaction. Quality is the cornerstone of Aspire’s reputation. Our therapeutic journey was enriched by the depth of insight and expertise exhibited by their therapists. It was evident that their team is dedicated to staying current with the latest advancements in the field, resulting in a rich and effective therapeutic experience.”
- Best in Ireland Review
2023
“As an employer who is keen to have as little stress in the work place , a positive environment and ‘walk’ the values of the business, it’s imperative to have a service that Michaela provides…
to nurture the continued wellbeing of our staff. Michaela has a wealth of experience in the corporate space and delivers, in a subtle and constructive manner. She has a tone and context in her delivery that is unique to her skill set and lands well with our people.”
- Peter Fox, Commercial Director, Digicom
2023
“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.”
- Male Client (Anger Management)
“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!”
- Female Client, Psychiatrist, (Anxiety, burnout, family of origin issues, loss of direction)
” 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 “life changing”, I wish I met her 10 years ago!!”
- Tara Sinnott
“I was interested in adding training on basic counseling skills to my own training program, I could not be any happier with the service I received and all my students felt the same…
This has led to an ongoing collaboration with Michaela.

Michaela is a fantastic teacher, she has a completely natural style and is very easy to follow. I found her training not only highly informative, but also very engaging and interactive. Michaela is very professional, passionate and knowledgeable; I would highly recommend Michaela as a teacher, lecturer, or course leader.”
- Andrew Griffin, Course Director “ Hidden Mind” Bio Energy Training
2022
“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.”
- (Self Esteem, Assertiveness)
“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 (Stress management, anxiety treatment)
“Our organisation has been working with Michaela since 2016. Michaela has designed and facilitated courses in “Workplace wellbeing, effective communication and conflict resolution…
Michaela has always taken the time to understand how our organization works, our ethos and objectives of our training needs.

The feedback from our staff on all of Michaela’s courses has always been excellent and it is clear that Michaela has built up a rapport with them. We have found Michaela to be professional, creative when designing programs, hugely experienced, reliable and very aware of confidentiality. As an organization we are happy to continue working with Michaela and would have no hesitation in recommending her.”
- Ashley Sands, HR and Process Manager, Mount Tabor Nursing Home
2019
“Michaela gave 2 talks in Taillight University Hospital “Living with Grief and Loss”(40 attendances) and “Building Resilience and Wellbeing” – (75 attendances) Michaela talked…
about exploring grief and minding ourselves by using her C.A.R.E. Model. She explained that grief is not a disorder, disease or sign of weakness. Michaela discussed the 5 stages of grief, it’s effects and how to use self-care strategies. The feedback from Michaela’s talk was very positive.

In” Building resilience and wellbeing” talk, Michaela got us to identify causes, effects and responses to stress through group discussions and participation. We looked at self-care strategies and stress reduction as well as resilience and wellbeing techniques, The opportunity to practice a guided relaxation was a real bonus. Michaela knows her subject well and has great experience. I would highly recommend her for either of the above seminars.”
- Karen Robinson, Employee wellbeing facilitator, Tallaght University Hospital
2018
“Michaela’s talk at the Mental Health and Well being Summit in the Aviva Stadium in 2018 was inspiring and informative. Michaela is empathetic and well read. In listening to her speak…
it is evident that she has a wealth of experience and knowledge in dealing with many different areas of mental health and knows exactly how to tackle each situation with a unique approach. From hearing Michaela speak, It is clear that companies could rely on her to make a real change.”
- Grace O’Rourke, Wellbeing Director, Balanced
2018
“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”
- Course participant
2016
“Michaela Fitzpatrick from Aspire Counselling and Psychotherapy provided Assrrtiveness Training for two of our staff members. The participants commented positively on te skill…
of the trainer and found the training to be practical with good methodology, structure and delivery ensuring that the session was effective and achieved learning objectives. Both staff members would recommend the training to colleagues.”
- Lorraine McCullen, Learning and development manager, Board Gais
2014
“Michaela’s course is brilliant and has made such a huge difference in my life personally and professionally and taught me the necessary methods, mindsets and language…
to be more assertive. The skills I learned I did not learn in school but are part of essential communication skills that come naturally to some but not to others.

The course was delivered in an easy digestible way so you can listen, understand, ask questions, discuss scenarios and role play learned skills. This course is ideal for anyone looking to learn practical ways to approach conversations, situations and relationships to get positive results. This course will require you to put work in to make changes, but the results are worth it. This course is invaluable and I would highly recommend it to colleagues, family and friends.”
- Assertiveness skills course Participant
2014
” 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.”
- Managing stress Course participant
2014
“I would highly recommend this course to many people I know who are in similar mind frames. Michaela is most helpful and made me feel so comfortable. She is a credit to the profession” .
- (Assertiveness Course participant)
2012
“Michaela is an excellent facilator and explained and demonstrated every aspect of the course in an easy, informative manner. I really liked the roleplays. I would highly recommend this course”.
- (Assertiveness Course participant)
2012
“After years of trying to please so many people. I now have learned phrases and skills to help me stand up for myself and for what I believe, I liked the delivery and presentation broken up into different parts and found the setting very comfortable and safe”
- (Assertiveness Course participant)
November 2011
“Wonderful relaxed class environment open for development and improvement. Michaela your teaching is clear, helpful, concsise, honest and thorough. I look forward to implementing what I learned in my personal and professional life Thankyou”
- (Assertiveness Course participant)
September 2011
“I came to Aspire Counselling searching for help with my panic attacks and Anxiousness. 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 (Overcoming Anxiety)
2008
“Michaela has a knack at helping you get to the real issue fast and in a non jundgemental and secure environment. I was quickly able to move through my issues on two separate occasions. I still use the techniques taught to me.”
- Female client ( Panic Attacks)
2006 & 2011
“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 (Stress management, 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 (Anxiety treatment)
“Before I met Andrew and had Bio Energy treatment with him, I wasn’t in a good place. After my first treatment I started to feel a lot better, I was sleeping better, had more energy…
wasn’t tired all the time, I wasn’t anxious around people or crowds any more. The pain in my arm and neck had eased and I wasn’t having headaches the way I was beforehand. I feel a lot calmer and more positive about things…I really can’t believe that I feel so good again.” “It feels like I actually got my life back…I would highly recommend that everyone give Hidden Mind therapy a go, it’s amazing how it works!”
- Samantha
“I went for Bio Energy having no real expectations, but I wanted to see could it help me in any way. Having had lots of health issues from childhood right through to adulthood…
I had no idea what real wellness was until Bio Energy & Hidden Mind Therapy did its magic.” “I can only say my energy levels took a leap. To feel able and refreshed every morning was something I never experienced in my whole life… Bio Energy & Hidden Mind Therapy are fascinating and show how the fixing of the non-physical issues results in the physical body healing itself!”
- Anna Marie
“From day one I was hooked. Listening to Andrew and Tom speaking about the course content, the training format and the amazing possibilities and opportunities ahead for us, filled all of us…
with enthusiasm. We were all excited about the journey ahead.” “What set the training apart from anything I had done before, was the huge attention to detail. At every stage, the trainers ensured that we were able to do the practice sessions perfectly. The guidance was gentle, but we were never let off the hook!”
- Maureen
“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.”
- Female client ( Panic attacks)
“I completed both the Hidden Mind: Investigative and corrective sound and the Hidden Mind: Bio energy course in 2019. The quality of information and content combined with the knowledge…
and expertise of the lecturers was superb.” “I would highly recommend this course to others who may be thinking about doing the training. Personally, the HM courses have been life changing in the most positive way and I feel privileged that the knowledge passed on to me is helping many people on a daily basis. The HM course is amazing. Just do it!”
- Alan

Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy Testimonials

​​​​Read inspiring stories of transformation through holistic counselling at Aspire. Explore real accounts of success and the impact of our psychotherapy services.
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