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About Me

My name is Dr Paula Watkins and I’m a clinical psychologist and psychedelic therapist. 


I help people identify and heal unresolved triggers and traumas, upgrade from unhelpful patterns, heal their nervous systems and live with greater ease and joy.

A Bit More

I live on Bundjalung land (Byron Bay), Northern NSW with my two children.

I’m usually found at beaches or forests, tea ceremonies, dancing, meditating, or devouring books.

Professional Accreditations

  • Registered Clinical Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia

  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society

  • Approved Medicare Mental Health Care Program Provider

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology 

  • Masters (Psychology)

  • Certified EMDR Therapist

  • Certified in Psychedelic Assisted Therapy (CPAT) 

  • Certified Yoga Teacher


I obtained my undergraduate and postgraduate training in psychology at the University of Otago, New Zealand. In addition to my classic psychology training I also hold a PhD in Public Health and Community Medicine with a focus on cross-cultural mental health and medical anthropology from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. 

I have 15 years experience across a variety of settings including correctional, refugee camps, academia and private practice. I served as a consultant psychologist to Australia’s premier positive psychology organisation, The Happiness Institute and developed the successful Calm, Conscious and Connected meditation program.

I was the former expert psychologist for Women’s Health Magazine and a regular contributor to Mind Body Green. My first book, Meditation Made Simple, was published in 2016 and my work has been featured in Women’s Health, The Australian Financial Review, Marie Claire and Elle. 

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