About

Hi, I'm Paul. I was born in London to Irish immigrant parents, one of seven boys.

 

I grew up surrounded by addiction (alcohol, gambling, drugs), which taught me the importance of letting go of unhealthy relationships, self-kindness, and self-acceptance. From an early age, these experiences also honed my ability to sense emotions and how the people around me are feeling.

I have experienced burnout multiple times, which led to my first experience of coaching, as a client. That first coaching experience was invaluable. I didn't know where to go or what to do, but being able to talk with someone who listened, free from bias and unsolicited advice, helped me shift the ruminating swirl of thoughts and feelings out of my head and into the world, enabling me to identify possibilities, assess the options and decide how best to move forwards. As a result, I left a 15 year career in Marketing Communications, and returned to full-time education to study and re-skill to become a coaching psychologist.

I have an optimistic view of life and human beings, and have always enjoyed encouraging people to be themselves, hence the attraction to positive psychology, with its focus on celebrating human potential and the myriad strengths and resources we already possess. An expression that resonates with my values:

 

"Celebrate your uniqueness, and value the differences of others."

I believe we learn more about ourselves by learning about others. This is one of the most powerful experiences in coaching, often surfacing lightbulb moments of insight and clarity (for both client and coach), and is one of the many reasons I love what I do.

 

Coaching is a new experience for many people. If you have questions, or would like more information about coaching, positive psychology, or anything else, please do get in touch. I'm here to help and will provide all the information you require to make an informed decision about whether I'm the right coach for you. I aim to respond same day.

Wishing you a wonderful day,

Paul