Dr Sheila Callinan

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Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Galway


DClinPsych, HDip Statistics, MPsychSc (Hons), BA Psychology (Hons), C Clin PsSI


Early Career and Training

Dr Sheila Callinan studied at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) from 1999 until 2004 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Hons) and Masters in Health Psychology (Hons). Sheila then gained experience as an Assistant Psychologist in a variety of settings across Ireland and the UK. She worked as part of a multidisciplinary team, in both hospital and community settings, with adults experiencing a wide variety of mental health difficulties. She was then employed by Trinity College Dublin (TCD) as a research assistant and completed a Higher Diploma in Statistics. Sheila completed a three year Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester where she specialised in Adult Mental Health.

Experience as a Clinical Psychologist

Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2011, Sheila has been working in the National Health Service (NHS) with adults with a broad range of mental health problems; using evidence-based effective psychological therapy. As well as individual therapy Sheila has devised and facilitated a variety of group-based interventions in the community (e.g. anger management). She is also involved in the supervision and training of other psychological therapists. Sheila was a founding member and co-ordinator of a Post Incident Debriefing Service (PIDS) which provided support to staff who had been involved in a traumatic event. Sheila has also contributed on occasions to the University of Manchester training programme. Continued professional development is important to Sheila and she continues to enhance her own skills through relevant training and supervision. Sheila joined the team at Evidence-Based Therapy Centre in Galway in May 2015.



Alongside her clinical work Sheila has a strong interest in research and has published papers in peer reviewed journals including Psychology and Health and Journal of Cognitive Therapy and Research. She has presented her research at international conferences.


Approach to therapy and expertise

Sheila works collaboratively with her clients to develop a shared understanding of their difficulties. She tailors her therapeutic approach to the needs of the individual to help them achieve their goals and move towards living in a way that brings greater fulfillment and satisfaction. The focus is to empower and support her clients in making the changes necessary to cope with the challenges they face and reduce the distress they feel even in situations that they cannot change. Sheila aims to help clients develop the skills to become “their own therapist” with a strong emphasis on relapse prevention and management. During her training she has received specialist supervision in a number of different therapeutic approaches. However the main modality of therapy offered by Sheila is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). She has particular interest and expertise in treating people with anxiety disorders and depression.


While working in the UK, Sheila was a registered member of the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) from November 2011 until May 2015. She is a fully registered member of the Irish Psychological Society of Ireland and the Clinical Division. You can make claims on eligible health insurance policies.

Appointments and hours of work

Sheila can offer appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you would like to book an appointment please call Evidence-Based Therapy Centre on 091 727777 or get in touch via the contact page.