Paul O’Halloran is a senior Clinical Psychologist, and has worked and studied for over 35 years in promoting positive wellbeing and good mental health. As a therapist, Paul is both highly skilled and compassionate. He prioritises engaging clients with patience and sensitivity, and ensures that therapy is individually tailored to each unique person.
Paul has worked in Australia, the UK, Europe and the Middle East at all levels, including direct clinical care, national policy and practice development, and clinical service improvement. In Australia he has had a variety of senior clinical roles within the NSW Health Services and private practice. Additionally, he was Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Wollongong. Currently, he is the Head of Department of Psychology for the Western Sydney Local Health District.
In the UK, he had several key national, local, and international roles including Directorships at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, Kings College London, and the National Institute for Mental Health England. Paul was also an expert mental health consultant to the World Health Organisation in conflict and trauma zones including Palestine, Jordan, Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Sri Lanka, and the Caribbean.
Paul’s specialist clinical interests have centred on providing evidence-based psychological therapies for building resilience and enabling recovery. Specifically, Paul draws from a range of therapies including Mindfulness, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). He utilises these therapies in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, phobias, depression, and dealing with loss, grief, trauma, and coping with long term illness and pain. Additionally, Paul also has special interests in psychological interventions for the psychoses.