After completing training in General and Psychiatric Nursing and postgraduate training in Operating Theatre and Rehabilitation Nursing in various hospitals in Dublin, Paul McCarthy graduated with distinction from the New University of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, as a Nurse Teacher. He lectured in Psychology, Psychiatry, Medicine and associated subjects at St John of God Hospital and St Michaels Hospital in Dublin for six years. He was Director of in-service training during this period. He then worked for an international Hospital Management company as Director of Medical Recruitment where he gained experience of healthcare systems throughout Europe, North America, Middle East, Russia and the Far East.
Over the past 30 years he has completed training in Holistic Medicine, Counselling, Management, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine form such diverse organisations as the Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland; School of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Oxon, UK; Irish Management Institute; Institute for Advanced Research in Asian Science and Medicine, New York; Orientacion Holistica, Mexico; Institute for the Development of Emotional and Life Skills, USA and Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, China.
In 1999 Paul McCarthy established the Summerhill Clinic in Co Dublin, Ireland as a centre of excellence for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Therapies provided include Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, Physical Therapy, Homeopathy, Chiropractic, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Therapeutic Massage, Tuina and Psychotherapy and Counselling. Over the past number of years he has attended seminars on Classical Chinese Medicine with Jeffrey Yuen in Europe and the United States. As founder of the Academy of Classical Chinese Medicine he is very keen to promote a greater awareness among practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the spiritual and philosophical roots of their profession.