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Padraig has both national and international experience working and volunteering where he spent 5 years traveling to over 50 countries. It was here that Padraig’s love for connecting with others really came the forefront.


Padraig Danaher began his healthcare journey with a BA in Social Care from Munster Technological University. Padraig began his professional career as a Social Care Worker in residential homes, working for private organizations and Tusla Child and Family Agency, caring for children from birth to adulthood. Padraig has over 12 years of professional experience working with teenagers with a variety of needs in residential homes, from complex trauma, ASD, ADHD, Self-harm and suicidal ideation.

Padraig going outdoor pointing at a lake from mountain top

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Padraig has worked in a parenting assessment capacity as a Family Support Worker with a strong focus on infant mental health and promoting practical parenting skills. Padraig has volunteered in a variety of settings such as Support After Crime, supporting people affected by crime, whether you are a victim of crime or a witness to crime. He also volunteered in the Big Brother programme with Foroige enhancing his skill base using a trauma informed lens.

Padraig continued his academic journey in Occupational Therapy with a BSc Occupational Therapy from University College of Cork, all while working full time as a Social Care Worker and becoming a father. Through applying his acquired skill-set as an Occupational Therapist within Social Care, Padraig could see a real need for a more strengths and value-based approach in this field and sought to pursue this with a Masters in Positive & Coaching Psychology in University College of Cork.

Padraig now runs his own private practice, The OT Coach, where he offers therapeutic interventions and assessments for young people and adults whom may have experienced adversity in their lives. Padraig brings his diverse experience and specialises in trauma, sensory-attachment, positive psychology and coaching. 

“Thank you…. I feel like I am living again. I thought I was a bad person because my only human interaction was at home and I hated it there and hated who I was there, now I know I am not a bad person thank you.”

LOB came to the service after many months of isolation from his peers and negative interactions at home with his family. Family had become to dislike himself and held shame in who he had become.

“ I am a bit overwhelmed that for the first time in years my child has had connections with people whom care about them and how quickly this has come together. To think it has just been a few months where your first interaction was 10 min through a doorway to this. Thank you so much for getting through to them and supporting the.  I genuinely believe this was lifesaving”

KG came to the service through a referral to access home sessions as she had been to get her son to attend sessions in a clinic.  

Qualifications & Training

The OT Coach is committed to enhancing their learning and knowledge base. They engage in regular supervision and engage in on-going CPD as part of their practice.

  • MA In Positive & Coaching Psychology

  • BSc Occupational Therapy

  • BA In Applied Social Studies in Social Care

  • Sensory Attachment Integration for Adults and Adolescents

  • Psycho-Sensory Intervention: Advanced Practitioners

  • Just Right State Trainer

  • Resilience and Self compassion training

  • Practice Assessment of Children and Young People With DCD

  • Assessment of executive for children and young people

  • Adverse Childhood Experience training

  • Motor & Sensory Considerations in Attachment

  • Trauma Informed Practice by Dr Karen Treisman

  • Digital Safety in Practice Perspectives on safeguarding children online

  • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training 

  • Management of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA)

  • Child Protection Training (regularly updated)

  • Safe Talk Training

  • First aid training

  • QQI Level 6 Train the Trainer

  • CORU Registered Occupational Therapist (Registration Number: Ot045721)

  • AOTI Registered (Registration Number: (8452)  

  • Member of The International Federation of Coaching

  • Arachas Insured

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