Paula Short MIACP BSc Counselling and Psychotherapy

About Paula

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

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

Work Base

Paula‚Äôs 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 utilize techniques from these models.  These include Gestalt, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Art Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and others.

Paula's Room

The Garden