Paula Short

MIACP BSc MA Counselling and Psychotherapy

Have you ever felt emotionally lost or frightened?

Have you ever felt as if there is no way out?

Have you ever felt numb?  

Many differing painful experiences may have brought you to this website.

If so, there is hope!  There can be a way through.

Is Counselling for me?

All sorts of people, from all walks of life seek out a counsellor at some time in their lives.  Generally it is when the usual highs and lows of life have plateaued at a particularly low time.  We may feel stuck, as if there is no way out of our situation or feelings. 

Counselling offers an environment in which we can stop for a little while and explore what is going on inside of ourselves.  It helps us to see what choices are available to us, choices that maybe we couldn’t see before.

Sometimes people seek counselling when all is well in their lives.  They see an opportunity to get to know themselves better and develop personally.

Counselling is safe and confidential.

Reasons why people may seek counselling:

Abuse survival






Adoption/Fostering issues

Anger management





Communication problems

Cultural challenges



Domestic violence

Eating disorders

Employment issues

Health related issues




Panic attacks

Parenting issues

Personal development


Post-traumatic stress

Relationship difficulties

Self-esteem issues

Self harming



Sexual addictions


Stress management

Suicide prevention


Womb Twin Survival

Paula has been working in the field of counselling and psychotherapy since 2002. She is in private practice in County Galway and tutors in Galway City and Athlone.

Personal background

Paula has a background in musical theatre and this enables her to bring a high level of creativity to her work. Knowing that each individual is unique she believes that the personal journey to happier mental health will also be completely unique.

Paula has also spent ten years as a remedial massage therapist and is very interested in the mind-body connection.

In addition to her private practice, Paula facilitates workshops and support groups, including one specifically for parents of children with Type I Diabetes. She is also a tutor of Counselling and Psychotherapy with ICPPD College.

Psychotherapy Training

  • Master of Arts in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy - Tivoli Institute
  • Bachelor of Science honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy - Middlesex University
  • Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy - Middlesex University
  • Diploma in the Psychology of Counselling - National University of Ireland

Areas of further training and particular interest

  • Art Therapy
  • Group Work
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Womb Twin Survival
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Type I Diabetes
  • Supporting parents of children with special needs

Paula’s approach to counselling is primarily humanistic, working from the person-centred model. However she has also integrated some of the key concepts behind other theoretical approaches and may utilise techniques from these models. These include Gestalt, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Art Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and others.

“From the first session I felt at ease. The atmosphere and environment created helped me feel that I was safe and secure there, that I could openly express myself without any negative judgements or without criticism. Paula was extremely sensitive to my needs, comforting, kind and encouraging but also honest. She has been exactly what I have needed and guided me so that I can actually feel like I have a future, that I enjoy things once again. With helping me build foundations, now I actually am feeling some self worth, pride and confidence again. The communication during the sessions helped me to make decisions, align my thinking, bring focus back to my life and set myself achievable goals. I am truly grateful for all the support I have been given and will never forget this.”

“I went for counselling to help me with some issues I had and I was helped to get through those bigger issues but really by sorting out the smaller things I hadn't realised were there. Paula was patient and so kind to me. She made me feel like I was important, she truly cared about me and my life. Some of the methods she used were so interesting and helped me see things about myself I had never known. I began to see what I needed to do to be a happier, more confident person. I feel very grateful that counselling has had such an effect on my life.”

“After a stay in hospital, a friend advised me to visit a counsellor. I found Paula to be warm, genuine, non-judgmental and caring and she helped me make positive changes. In every session she showed concreteness and genuine concern. I was relieved that I finally found someone who could see things from my point of view and who wasn’t on a mission to drown me with her knowledge on addiction and analyze why I acted the way I did but was there to listen and see things from my perspective. And so from my counselling experience I would recommend it for anyone feeling isolated or alone.”

“For a very long time I was on my own with my negative feelings. I tried to overcome them many times, but the more I tried to replace them with positive thoughts, the more difficult it was. I also thought that compared to the real problems of others what was happening in my mind was trifling and therefore not worth mentioning. Only when I realized that it had subdued my life did I decide to seek help. Conversations with Paula in a warm and nice atmosphere brought relief to me. It was very surprising to find out that the way to free myself from those problems was completely different from what I had imagined. I did not have to wait long for positive results. What I appreciate most is not only professional help but also the understanding and warmth I feel. I am very thankful.”

“I went to see Paula while having to face the trauma of my childhood, she was so understanding, sympathetic and very supportive. I felt confident that Paula was really with me in getting through those dreadful memories, exactly what I needed at that time, I cannot thank her enough.”

“Shame, fear, guilt - I had them all in spades. The abuse started at home in the form of physical abuse from a parent and sexual abuse from a sibling. Who could I turn to? Who would believe me? Secrecy followed for the next 20-30 years. Gradually the cracks started to happen and a very alert GP picked up the signs. Eventually the floodgates opened after I had my two beautiful children. I looked at them and thought, “How could anyone let this happen to a child? It’s wrong!”  Eventually Paula came my way. I needed someone I could trust and she was the one that I revealed everything to. In the beginning it was difficult but gradually I got to know the real me. Paula has helped me to believe in myself and achieve so much, even an honours degree. She has helped me cope through very tough times. I know now that I need have no shame, no fear and no guilt.”


If you have any questions regarding counselling or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to call Paula on (086) 835 8971

Alternatively, you can e-mail

Postal address: Carrowkeel, Kiltullagh, Athenry, County Galway, H65 WK16


One-to-one session (55 minutes): €65

Couple's session (85 minutes): €90

Location: H65 WK16

Junction 16 on the M6 motorway from Galway to Dublin

Approaching on the M6 from Dublin

Exit the motorway at junction 16. At the roundabout take the second exit, signposted “Loughrea” and then take the first road on the right, signposted “Bookeen”. Then take the first turn on the right which leads down to two properties. Drive along to the second one.

Approaching on the M6 from Galway

Exit the motorway at junction 16. At the roundabout take the 4th exit, signposted “Loughrea”. At the next roundabout take the second exit, signposted “Loughrea” and then take the first road on the right, signposted “Bookeen”. Then take the first turn on the right which leads down to two properties. Drive along to the second one.

Approaching from Loughrea

Exit Loughrea and the Loughrea By-Pass on the N65, following signs to the M6 motorway. After 5 miles and just before the roundabout of junction 16, take a turning on the left, signposted “Bookeen”. Then take the first turn on the right which leads down to two properties. Drive along to the second one.