Coaching around careers, confidence and visibility for mid-life women

Psychologist and coach for women over 50

coach for women over 50


Remember when all you had to do to shake things up was put on a slick of scarlet lipstick? Or get out those red shoes? It was almost magical; the way they could energise you within a moment, and conjure up that spirit of freedom, even edginess. 


Scarlet Thinking is the red lipstick of coaching. It helps you feel:


  • Energised
  • Focused
  • In control
  • Supported
  • Feminine
  • Alive


For many women, life over 50 can be a shock. We watch our parents grow old before our eyes, and health conditions of our own may start to crop up. Our children leave the home and additionally, we may find that jobs, careers and businesses that were once fulfilling suddenly start to feel less meaningful. Relationships of all sorts change, or even crumble, and bereavement becomes more common. I haven’t even got onto the havoc that hormonal changes can wreak.


Finally, we become aware of our own mortality.


Hmmm, doesn’t sound too great does it? However it doesn’t have to be like this. For many, our fifties can be our passport to freedom. Our time to chase our long-held dreams, to follow new paths, and to invest in our health and financial futures.


The key question is…are you going to let your fifties break you, or make you?


About your coach, Paula Gardner


I am a coach for women over 50, but I am not perfect. Often I repress my anxieties by being busy, and like to retreat into my own space at times. Additionally, I have little self-control when faced with a cheeseboard. However, I am also a bloody good coach. I retrained as a coach and psychologist in my mid-forties, after running my own PR company for over ten years. This included doing my Masters whilst running a business and being single mum to three teenagers.


Over the years, I’ve faced the death of my father, the break-up of two marriages, and all sorts of existential angst to get me where I am today.  I now run a successful coaching practice, and am the author of three books, Get Noticed, Do Your Own PR and The Career Pause and Pivot. Additionally, I advise coaches and psychologists on their own PR and marketing.


I’m also the founder of The Redundancy Recovery Hub, an outplacement resource for employers. I was also was named in a list of 100 inspiring women by F-entrepreneur.com.


I work with women to help them into a new way of thinking. Scarlet Thinking. If you’d like to know more, contact me to arrange an initial chat or meeting 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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