Paula Gardner

Psychotherapist, counsellor and career coach

People come to me when they are struggling. They know something has to change. We work together to bring about that change.

5 minutes with Paula

How would you describe the difference you make to your clients?

I work with adults and teenagers and run a special clinic for business owners and entrepreneurs. Clients often come to me when they are struggling, perhaps with a big decision or with life issues such as grief or relationship problems. Whatever it is, it is starting to affect their mental health. Perhaps they feel anxious a lot of the time or feel like they have lost their get up and go. Some people may feel on the edge of anger or irritated all the time; others may be having sleep issues. Whatever the symptoms, we work collaboratively to help you feel better as soon as possible, so you can go back to your life or business.

How do you make that difference?

I’m a business psychologist, coach and counsellor, which means I have a lot of tools and techniques in my toolbox. If something doesn’t resonate with you, we have other choices. Everyone is unique, and I can tailor our work around that.

As a psychologist, I like to work with evidence-based tools, so you know that there is good research and structure supporting our work together.

What’s your background?

I was the owner of a PR and marketing company, so I understand the business world in many ways. Seeing PR and marketing clients struggle with their mindset was the prompt to start down the psychology road. Since then I have qualified in business psychology, coaching and counselling, with regular professional development to make sure I stay connected to cutting edge research into what works.

What’s the most rewarding part of what you do with Zest?

Seeing clients emerge from our work together feeling better, and more in control. Personally, I also love working with Rachel. She’s so creative and exuberant, a real positive influence.

Tell us something about your life outside of work

I really enjoy creative writing. It can have many therapeutic benefits, but it can also be a lot of fun, creating whole new characters and worlds from scratch. I also sea swim and live very near the beach in sunny Folkestone.