Paul spent 25 years working in the public sector, concluding this phase of his career as Senior Clinical Psychologist with the HSE Cavan Primary Care Clinical Psychology service, providing psychological input across the entire lifespan. He previously worked with the Assessment, Consultation & Therapy Service within Tusla, providing high intensity intervention for more traumatised and vulnerable young people in detention, secure and non-secure settings. Paul provides consultation and psychological intervention to a range of children’s residential child care and intellectual disability residential services.
Paul completed his degree in Queen’s University Belfast and gained a Masters in Counselling Psychology and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, where he remains a Clinical Tutor/Lecturer. Paul is also involved in the training of psychologists as an onsite clinical and research supervisor, and has presented research at numerous national and international events.
He also works as Lead Consultant in High-Performance Sport Clinical Psychology with the Sport Ireland Institute, and helped prepare and deliver the Transition to Rio mental health programme for coaches and athletes prior to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games, as well as helping prepare the athletes and coaches for the re-arranged 2020 Olympics in Tokyo in July 2021. Paul also provides High Performance Clinical Psychology services to the Irish Rugby Football Union and Cavan GAA senior teams, as well as to a range of individual high performance sportspeople, including footballers, hurlers and golfers.
Paul was the developer and Project Leader of “Mind Yourself”, a positive mental health intervention project which worked with over 9000 adolescents originally across the North East of Ireland from 2004-2008. He was also a collaborator on “Back of the Net”, an exercise/mental health project based in Dublin City University, which has shown football/exercise/cognitive therapy as a promising combined treatment for depression in young men, and has been involved in several research projects focusing on harder to reach child and adolescent populations and with making psychological interventions more readily and easily available.
Paul is a Consultant Tutor with the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), training mental professionals in Ireland, Great Britain, North America and Europe, having personally taught over 250 courses with over 4000 delegates. He has contributed to the writing of courses on ADHD, Autism, CBT with Eating Disorders, Working with Traumatised Children and Suicide Prevention for APT.
Paul published an award-winning book, On the Ball: How football can help your mental health on making mental health support more accessible to all, especially younger males in 2014. He is also author of The Family Game, published in March 2018. He has also written for Mind Matters, a mental health column, for the Irish News newspaper. In 2021, Paul contributed chapters, along with David Kearney, to the books The Millionaire Mindset and The Rise and Fall of Wealth in Football by Ajay Mahan and Anil Mahan.
Clinical & Training Hours
Years Practical Experience
Areas Of Expertise
Helping people and organisations better understand the impact of individual and collective trauma experiences, and how to validate and provide safe support in the here and now.
Speaking & Facilitation
Offering engaging and energetic speaking and presentation on a wide range of topics, with sensitive and thoughtful facilitation