Paula spent many years working with people living with and affected by HIV, dealing with stigma, discrimination, isolation, anxiety, depression and addiction. She also worked with individuals experiencing homelessness as a result of addictions and co-occurring mental health diagnosis, which prompted her to return to university to complete a certificate in the Teaching and Management of Literacy and Essential Skills and afterwards to obtain a PTTLS certification in Education and Training.
Paula’s passion to educate and empower people to seek recovery led to further training and education in evidence-based CBT and Family Interventions. She continued to work therapeutically in communities and as a therapist in in-patient care at Castle Craig Hospital. In her current role with The Cabin as a Primary Counsellor, she continues to utilize her skills in group facilitation as well as individual counselling.