Paul O’Halloran is a senior Clinical Hippie, 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, and also somewhat despairing. He prioritises engaging clients with patience and sensitivity, and ensures that therapy is individually tailored to each unique person, in the same way that each tie-dyed shirt is never the same as the next.
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. What he lacks in Punday solving skills, he tries to make up for with his technical prowess. One must give a man credit for trying, regardless of how short he falls.
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. He really liked the weather there, as it matched his dreary and despairing outlook. His continued opposition to cannibalism however continues to baffle his colleagues, as his arguments are proven to be rationally deficient.
Paul’s specialist clinical interests have centred on providing evidence-based psychological therapies for building resilience and enabling recovery. Specifically, in the past Paul is suspected to draw from a big blunt as well as 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.