After a Social Science degree, Paul worked in Community Mental Health, working with groups & individuals and completing a Counselling Diploma. It was while working with those with mental health problems that he began to explore the links between how we are in our bodies, affecting how we feel & visa versa. He completed a range of short courses and workshops, eventually going to the USA to do a training that looked at a range of approaches to the body & movement (www.movingoncentre.org), all focused on improving health for individuals & communities. Whilst in the US he also trained in holistic massage.
On returning to the UK Paul worked in Community Arts, running movement workshops for children, older people, those with disabilities, and those with mental health problems. He also taught movement skills on the MA Dramatherapy at the University of Plymouth (2003 – 2007).
Paul has been involved in a range of movement performance projects, focusing on site specific improvised work in the natural & urban landscape. He trained with Helen Poynor for several years, doing a range of courses in Non-Stylised movement, and site-specific performance.
From 2007 – 2012 he was an Associate Practitioner with JABADAO (www.jabadao.org), a national charity that focus on the significance of movement for our learning, development & wellbeing. He ran training courses and projects in Developmental Movement Play for Early Years Education, and courses for the Learning Disability sector. He presented at conferences and workshops.
Paul furthered his study, training in Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy (www.ibmt.co.uk). He is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA) and trainer, and has a private practice in South Devon, UK.
From 2015 – 17 he ran Rock and Roll Dads, a movement play project to support development and attachment with babies and young children.
In 2016 he became an associate with The Adoption Consultancy 360 provide movement therapy to children and families.
He is also an Associate Lecturer within Higher Education, at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire and The University of Plymouth. In 2017 he joined the faculty of The Institute of Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy.
In 2014 he presented at Somatic Movement Gathering UK, and from 2017 – 2019 was one of the co-organisers of this national event.