Counselling, Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Limerick

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

Viktor E. Frankl

About me

Alison Cowpar, B.Sc(Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy, B.Des, Adv.Dip Psych & Hyp, Certified NLP(Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner

I am currently an accredited member with the APCP (Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists Ireland) and have been working in my own practice in Adare, Limerick since 2009. I also work with the Bedford Family Project counselling families in distress.

I practise as an Integrated, Client-Centred Humanistic therapist. I work with many different approaches using Behavioural Techniques as well as mindfulness, guided mediation and hypnosis. I work in a non-judgemental, collaborative, emphatic way, encouraging and empowering my clients to develop their  own self- awareness, self-belief, self-esteem and self-confidence, in order  for them to live in a more positive and productive way, enabling them to deal with the ups and downs that life so frequently throws at us. This self- awareness and reflection enables clients to see more clearly the paths they want to take in life and enables them to have greater control over their own destiny.


I am  passionate about my work and I consider it a privilege to be allowed be a part of a clients journey, toward a more self-fulfilled and self-actualised life, by helping them tap into their own unlimited potential.

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
– Gandhi


I offer Counselling, Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy and Behavioural sessions to individual clients, couples, groups and families with regard to a wide range of life issues.

Common issues include; Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Bereavement and Loss, Lack of direction, Low self-esteem, Lack of confidence, Relationship difficulties, Childhood trauma, Bullying, Anger issues, Workplace difficulties, Parenting issues, Illness and Sexuality.

People generally seek counselling when life becomes too difficult to cope with alone. Perhaps they feel hopelessness or worthlessness or are constantly overburdened stressed, angry or sad. People can attend  because they are experiencing ongoing difficulties with feelings of panic, sadness or loss, depression, anxiety, bereavement and eating problems. Perhaps they find it difficult to cope with exams nerves, presentations or want to explore the many ways they can start living life better and more enjoyably.

I also deal with child, youth and adolescent difficulties as well as with motivation and goal setting

“If you dream it, you can achieve it.” 
-Zig Ziglar.


Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your problems? If so, you’re not alone according to research carried out by See Change, 44% of Irish people have direct experience of mental health difficulties, either themselves, their family or friends have experienced depression, anxiety or other mental health difficulties at some point.

At some stage in our lives we all experience challenges and difficulties that can be overwhelming. Stress, depression and anxiety can be caused by uncertainty over the future, feelings of loss, problems with addiction or difficulties in a relationship. Some people need help coping with serious illnesses, grief, weight loss or other habits such as smoking which they would rather change, others struggle with relationship difficulties, the death of a loved one, panic attacks and many other problems, which left unattended to can become debilitating. Often people struggle with finding their true passions and goals they sometimes struggle to find the motivation to make the changes in order to live a more fulfilling rewarding life.


A psychotherapist/Counsellor such as I, can help you work through your problems in order for you to live a happier, healthier and more successful life. There are many different approaches in psychotherapy and counselling such as Problem-Solving Interventions, Solution Focus Interventions and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), interpersonal, integrative and other kinds of talk therapy. CBT has been shown to help with many different types of problems including anxiety, depression, panic, phobias, eating disorders, bipolar disorder. CBT can also help if you have difficulties with anger or low self- esteem

Psychotherapy/Counselling works in collaborative way, by building a secure, supportive, objective, non-judgemental relationships and environments where you can explore your problems and find with my help new more positive ways with which to deal with them. I will work with you to identify and change the thoughts and behaviour patterns which are preventing you from being your best, and I will help you learn new skills in order that you may be able to cope better with future challenges.

If you find that you are feeling an overwhelming and prolonged sense of helplessness and sadness and despite the best efforts of yourself, family or friends you feel no relief from your problems you could benefit from therapy Others signs such as difficulty concentrating at work or school, difficulty carrying out everyday activities, constant worrying, weeping, expecting the worst, unable to find the positives in life, being constantly on edge or overly aggressive, finding yourself self- harming or turning to drink or drugs in order to cope or just get through your day are all signs that therapy would help.

“Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognised a problem a turned it into an opportunity.” 

Joseph Sugarman 


Hypnotherapy – uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve an altered heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. Hypnosis is usually considered an aid to psychotherapy and counselling, hypnosis enables people to perceive some things differently, such as blocking an awareness of pain.

The subconscious mind is a powerful tool storing all the thoughts memories and information your conscious mind gives it. Your subconscious is capable of performing multi- tasking looking after many of the functions of our body without our conscious minds attention. Our memories and beliefs are stored within the subconscious and also some of our self-limiting beliefs and phobias. These beliefs are often the ones that can sabotage our best intentions. Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to gain access to the subconscious mind in order to eliminate self-limiting beliefs and to find solutions to issues that the conscious mind has been unable to deal with. Hypnosis can also instil positive suggestions that can help you reframe in a more positive light how you look and feel about things.

Hypnosis can help with goal setting, goals such as weight loss, giving up smoking, public speaking, building self-esteem, anger management, panic attacks, sleep disruption, lack of confidence, exercise motivation, goal setting and motivation, being happier and much more.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napoleon Hill


Motivation, for change or for goal achievement is vitally important for success. Knowing what our goals are to begin with, is key, therefore identifying our goals is the first step to goal success. Whether one is motivated “away” from the negative/pain or” toward” the positive/reward gives us a clue into how to keep and maintain our motivation. However even the most motivated of us hit the wall at some stage so it is vitally important to plan, prioritise and anticipate pitfalls from the very beginning. This will keep our energy focused toward our desired goal and not exhausted by having too much going on in one’s life or by trying to achieve too many goals at once.

Being focused, excited, enthused and inspired by your goal is crucial to motivation. Keeping that focus, excitement, enthusiasm and inspiration through difficult times takes commitment, however baby steps, belief in oneself and knowing that the more trying times will pass too will help you stay focused, inspired and motivated, even when the going gets tough. Every journey will have its ups and downs but as long as we keep a clear vision of our desired destination in sight, and how far we have already come, the downs will not demotivate or derail us, merely the costal route!  And the highs will truly inspire us even more.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
Thomas A. Edison

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Stress, anxiety, and low mood affects all of us at some stage in our lives. Life can be very difficult and factors such as loss of job, bereavement, money problems, exams, Job interviews, relationship problems etc can make us anxious and stressed. Although we cannot change these life events we can change our thinking, interpretation or view of these events which will then enable us to react in different less emotionally distressing ways.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a form of talking therapy which helps people understand and change how they think about situations, themselves and the world around them. CBT places its emphasis on the premise that it is not the event/situation itself that causes the emotional distress but our interpretation or thinking about the event/situation that causes distress.

CBT believes that our thoughts, feelings and behaviours all influence each other and can therefore trigger and maintain a low mood cycle. CBT works by helping us recognise these negative thought patterns and teaches us how to break, change and challenge these, thereby improving how we think, feel and behave. These negative thought patterns can also have adverse effects on our physical well-being, by changing the way we think we can improve our physical health also.

CBT has been proven to be successful in treating depression.

Symptoms of depression include (extracted from Andrews & Jenkins, 1999):

  • Feeling miserable. This misery lasts at least a week or two, where the feeling is present most of the day and varies in its intensity.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities.
  • Loss of appetite (and excessive weight loss).
  • Loss of energy
  • Loss of sleep even when exhausted. Sleep is usually restless and the individual wakes earlier than usual. (Some people may sleep more than usual.)
  • Loss of interest in sex.
  • Persistent worrying about things that are not important.
  • Slowed and inefficient thinking, with poor concentration.
  • Recurring unpleasant thoughts, particularly of guilt (of being a bad person and wishing to die).
  • Slowed activity and speech.
  • Fearfulness (of people and places). This often leads to withdrawal from family, friends and everyday activities.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has also been shown to be an effective treatment intervention for depression, anxiety, and other psychological disorders with people who have learning disabilities.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is also a suitable and effective treatment intervention with children and adolescents.


Prices are per hour
  • Counselling/Psychotherapy: €60.00
  • Hypnotherapy: €60.00
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT): €60.00
  • NLP: €60.00
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): €60.00
  • Couples Counselling: €80.00
  • Rates for home visits to be discussed


“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

– Lao Tzu


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Adare, Limerick, Ireland

+353 87 9952605