About SMART Foundations
As the founder of SMARTfoundations life enhancing initiatives, Paula Pluck works with a variety of clients who are passionate about bringing more meaning into their professional and personal life. Clients range from manager – and director – level employees, to consultants, coaches, and entrepreneurs. Paula also works with professionals in transition, helping them realign their purpose and drive to create a more powerful version of living.
What all these clients have in common is the courage to embrace their intuition and the commitment to act upon it, providing a dynamic foundation for transformative action, professional success, and personal contentment and joy.
At SMARTfoundations we believe that inspiring people to ‘always be true to themselves and their values’ is the cornerstone to our success. To be in a position to bring this to life for people, both professionally and personally, is a wonderful opportunity and there is no greater motivation for us.
The majority of Paula’s career has been focused on helping people to adjust to change. First as a Graduate of Business Administration leading to the profession of management consultant and later as an author and columnist and lecturer is the field of organisational and personal development.
Her passion is to promote wellness, contentment, success, health and happiness. She has practiced meditation and mindfulness for 27 years as part of a spiritual community and was a leader/facilitator regionally in that period for 21 years. Her devotional path led to developing training for a secular audience and in the last 17 years she has taught meditation and mindfulness as competency based, as part of her SMART Living life skills personal development coaching programmes.
A key part of her work is helping people move beyond fear, anxiety and worry by improving self-belief; resilience; transforming self-talk through giving people the understanding that they have a say in their levels of health, well-being and success by how they think, act and speak.
Paula is a keen advocate of Self Care and Self Management and supports Health Promotion in society and thinks all people deserve a say in their individual Health and Well-being. She is also a Yoga Teacher trained in CBT, Hypnotherapy, Success Coaching and Endorphin Effect Coaching.
Thoughts on Paula's work - testimonials...
“There are a few people that we meet in the world that leave one feeling truly richer
for knowing them. Paula is such a person. I found her teaching to be based on
sound scientific principles without the loss of her humanity. I would recommend
her courses and supervision to any student who would like to take their practice
to the next level as a practitioner in mindfulness and meditation.” December 21, 2011
Melanie Hill, Psychotherapist
“Training with Paula was a rich and rewarding experience, which changed
the way I work with others and supported me through a time of personal
transition. I was touched by her warmth and compassion and inspired by her
presence. Without hesitation I recommend her both as a personal coach and a
Emma Collins, Well-being Coach
“Paula is a compassionate & adaptive trainer in mindfulness and is able to personalise her training to any area which would
benefit from this healthful and evidence based medium of reducing levels of
anxiety and stress, whether that be in a work based situation or personal. Her
training on how to "teach" our clients is clear, concise and fun to
do. I would certainly recommend her to any business or centre of health care
who are interested in mindfulness.” February 7, 2012
Karen Williams, Occupational Therapist Combat Stress
“I attended a recent Mindfulness Coaching workshop by Paula. She is an inspirational presenter, sharing
her wisdom and in-depth knowledge of Mindfulness and Meditation with clarity.
She has an extremely engaging style. The amount I learned in just two days was amazing and I feel buoyed up with
confidence and eager to put my learning into practice both professionally and
personally I wholeheartedly recommend Paula and her courses” February 1, 2012
Beverley Harper, Coach and BACAP CBT Teacher
“Paula is one of the best trainers I have worked
with. Her style will be excellent for both corporate companies or smaller
groups and employers wishing to show a caring attitude towards their employees.
Paula's course on Relaxation, Meditation and Mindfulness is a caring and gentle
way of approaching stress related problems that arise both in the work place
and in individuals seeking help. It is a refreshing approach to health and
well-being in our modern society" January 31, 2012
Peggy Ansell, Training co-ordinator
“I have passed on the techniques Paula taught me to my client group, all of whom have experienced
some form of psychological trauma. The results have been truly outstanding.
They have enriched the lives of my clients and their abilities in coping with
their conditions. I have also cascaded the practice of Mindfulness to my
colleagues and have used the techniques myself - all with the same beneficial
effect. I cannot recommend Paula highly enough.” January 31, 2012
“Paula is a skilled & insightful trainer who reads group dynamics expertly &
delivers top quality training with life changing results.” January 31, 2012
Anne Murray Train the Trainer Massage and Well-being
“Paula makes teaching fun, inventive and gets the
student to look outside the box, by attending training with Paula I have learnt
so much and have been able to write and produce a full years Mindful package
with exercise experiences that my groups can follow, without Paula's guidance I
would never have achieved all of this. I would highly recommend Paula for all
your training needs.” January 31, 2012
Julie Court Mental Health worker
I found Paula very knowledgeable about her subject
and easy to get along with. I use mindfulness on a regular basis, for myself
and for my clients. Teaching "mindful eating" to clients who wish to
lose weight is extremely beneficial, whilst "mindfulness and relaxation
techniques" are superb tools to teach clients suffering with the effects
of stress. I recommend Paula's courses to anyone. Thank you Paula” March 7,
Jo Wortley Director PTP