Get past what’s holding you back

Careers and business: Confidence, Anxiety and Visibility


There are so many things that can hold us back in our business or career. Anxiety and a lack of confidence are probably the two most common issues that can really stop someone fron fulfilling their potential. However, a fear of visibility is another phenonemon that I am seeing more and more often.

I am a business psychologist and coach. I work with people who are holding themsleves back from truly excelling. This could be due to one of the above reasons:


  • A business owner so anxious about decisons she plays safe when she could have a booming business 
  • A young person whose anxiety is affecting their work
  • Someone experiencing a drop in confidence after a recent life event or transition
  • Anyone experiencing anxiety around not knowing their purpose or path in life
  • People who need to be more visible, but are nervous around stepping into the spotlight


I can help


I work with anyone held back by anxiety, a crisis of confidence or a fear of visibility. My clients include young people starting out in the world, business owners who are feeling the responsibilities weigh heavy on their shoulders, and midlife women who are suddenly feeling anxious and lacking in confidence. 


Our working environments are more pressurised than they ever have been. Throw in the stresses of social media, economic uncertainty and a pandemic and you have a recipe for anxiety.


My services include:


  • One to one coaching around anxiety, confidence and visibility
  • Anxiety and mental health workshops for young people
  • Visibility workshops 
  • Content on careers, mental health, anxiety and how to boost confidence


My work is not therapy. I coach you to deal with the symptoms of anxiety around your work and career, help you boost your confidence and stop a fear of visibility holding you back. 


Who am I?



Paula Gardner offers confidence and anxiety coachingI started my own PR consultancy in the 90s and was in PR and marketing for over 25 years. When I realised that many of my business owning clients were being held back by a fear of being more visible, I decided to retrain as a business psychologist. A qualification in transformational coaching followed.  Additionally, around the same time, I started working with young people on apprenticeship schemes, and more recently, with Kickstarters – young people on the government’s back to work scheme. 


I’m also the author of Get Noticed, Do Your Own PR and The Career Pause and Pivot, and studying to be a psychotherapist in my spare time. I was also was named in a list of 100 inspiring women by



What’s it like to work with me?


I am warm, friendly and very solution focused.


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Book your first session here

“Paula’s creativity, passion, and ability to see the larger picture were evident from day one. Working on my own, I value her collaborative and supportive process.  I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.”
Clinical psychologist and personal brand consultant,  Lisa Orban of Golden Note Book.

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