Paula Gardner is a career psychologist and coach in London, with a previous background running her own PR agency for over 15 years. She works with clients from around the world, and offers sessions in person in London, as well as via Zoom and telephone.
“My approach is to pick and choose whatever tools may be needed for the job. This could mean playing around with a non-dominant hand exercise to encourage a coaching client to do some creative thinking around their career, or sharing the benefit of some of my contacts to help a leader raise their profile to put them in the best place for a career move.
I’ve made a mid-life career change myself, and can understand a lot of the trepidation around it – the concerns around money, going back into education, even worries about what other people might think. My previous background in PR and marketing means that I have the added skills to help you get noticed, whether that’s within your current workplace, or by a new employer or recruitment agency.
My psychology based approach also means that we can address any confidence, time-management or motivation issues that may be holding you back. We all have them!
I named my agency Scarlet Thinking, because my mission is to get you thinking about your future in new ways.
I encourage my clients to look at their decision making patterns, and often use psychometrics to help people gain a better understanding of themselves and how that may be impacting the way they are reacting to the world around them. And what impact this is having on their career progress.
I keep my up CPD regularly by attending psychology lectures, business talks and consistently growing my skill-set. I am passionate about being in the Growth mindset, and most of my clients feel the same way.
I’m the author of two books, Do Your Own PR and Get Noticed, and mentor for PR apprentices with the PRCA. I was also on the advisory board of a women’s business club for three years and volunteered as a career mentor with the charity Second Chance. I’m also the mother of three children, two of them now in their twenties, and two cats, Simba and Bamboo. In my spare time I love playing poker (it’s that psychology again) and am learning Bridge. I’m in a love affair with Italy and occasionally run retreats in beautiful Italian cities like Verona.
If you would like to chat through how we could work together, please do get in touch with me. “
You can find Paula Gardner in The Guardian, Stella magazine, Marie Claire, Psychologies and HR Zone, among others. Paula’s books are Do Your Own PR and Get Noticed. Paula is a Member of the Association for Business Psychology.