Dr. Paula Bloom
Through her training and work on suicide hotlines, community mental health centers, medical and psychiatric units, Dr. Paula Bloom realized that she knew far more about mental illness than mental health. This inspired her to immerse herself in the fields of positive psychology and resilience. She now focuses on helping others find a greater sense of joy, purpose,and meaning in their lives by teaching them to quiet their inner critic and embrace their whole selves.
Paula connects with clients and audiences in an engaging and down-to-earth style. She is called on by the media to offer a positive perspective on a wide range of events and topics including national tragedies such as the Aurora movie theater and Newtown shootings, international events like the Chilean miner rescue and the death of Osama Bin Laden and topics such as happiness, parenting, psychiatric illness, relationships, communication and motivation. She has spoken about happiness at various organizations including Emory School of Medicine, AT&T, Microsoft, and has moderated a PBS webinar with Gretchen Rubin, the best-selling author of The Happiness Project. Paula is a frequent contributor on national and international CNN Networks and is a recurring guest on Victoria's Positively podcast.
Paula is the co-author of Why Does he Do That? Why Does She Do That? and has contributed blogs to PBS’s This Emotional Life and The Huffington Post and has been featured in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, Beliefnet and Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s blog on CNN.com.
Paula completed a Doctor of Psychology degree at Nova Southeastern University and trained at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center affiliated with Emory School of Medicine. Though not a fan of insects, she does enjoy being in nature, spending time with family, cooking and, for the last 14 years, attending her monthly (“cleverly” disguised as a Book Club) Girls’ Night. Her private practice is located in Atlanta where she lives with her very patient and supportive husband, their two unicycling children and a 6-pounds-of-fabulous rescue dog named Shayna.