Paula is a chartered Counselling Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). She undertook her undergraduate BA in Psychology in UCD, and her M.Sc. in Counselling Psychology at Trinity College, Dublin. Paula further specialised in psychological trauma in the universities of Chester and Oxford.
After leaving UCD, Paula worked in the US with children with pervasive developmental delay disorders. After returning to Ireland, she set up the first National Counselling Service for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients and their families in St. Vincent’s Hospital and has also worked as a Rehabilitation Psychologist with the Rehabilitation Institute (REHAB).
Paula was the Chair of the Counselling Psychology Special Interest Group of PSI when it became a Division in 1997. After moving to the UK, she became Director of Counselling Studies at Keele University and holds a post-graduate certificate in Higher Education (HE). After 9/11, she studied Global Security and International Relations and spearheaded the first Political and Environmental Psychology group in the PSI in 2006. Paula also ran as a Green Party candidate in the 2020 General Election and was an Independent Candidate in the TCD Seanad Bye-election in 2022.
Stress and psychological trauma (PTSD)
Student anxiety and academic support
Mental Health advocacy