Dr Sharon Keane

Senior Clinical Psychologist in Galway

Chartered Clinical Psychologist & Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner

Background & qualifications

Sharon completed a BA in Psychology in 2006 at the National University of Ireland Galway before moving to the UK to complete a Masters of Science in Developmental Psychopathology at Durham University. Here she gained a good understanding of how various mental health difficulties develop and the factors that can influence them, in both a positive and negative way. After completing her Masters degree, she worked as an Assistant Psychologist at a children’s hospital in Manchester. Here she worked with two multi-disciplinary teams specialising in working with children in the care system. She also worked with families where children and adolescents presented with cognitive and emotional difficulties, completing psychological and neuropsychological assessments and interventions. 

Sharon completed a three-year doctoral training programme at Lancaster University in 2012. During the training, she worked across a range of services and settings around the Greater Manchester area, with different age groups and ability levels, before specialising in adult mental health difficulties. The training programme provided opportunities to learn many different therapeutic approaches before specialising in Cognitive Analytic Therapy.

The experience gained during the training programme emphasised the importance of the therapeutic relationship, and how integral this was in helping people to make changes. Cognitive Analytic Therapy provides a way to use the therapeutic relationship to great effect, and Sharon recently completed her Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Practitioner training.

Clinical experience

Since completing her training, Sharon has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in a number of different adult mental health settings. While living in Australia in 2013, Sharon worked with a multi-disciplinary team focused on helping adults with physical health difficulties who were at increased risk of hospitalisation manage their long term conditions more effectively. Upon her return to the UK in 2015, she worked in the public and private services providing specialist psychological therapy for adults with moderate to severe mental health difficulties. She has years of experience in providing evidence-based psychological assessment, formulation and intervention to people with a variety of mental health needs, including depression, anxiety disorders (including post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic, generalised anxiety, health anxiety and social anxiety), trauma, anger management, and interpersonal difficulties (including personality disorder). Her work is informed by a number of different approaches, including Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Schema Focused Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy,  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and mindfulness approaches. 


Specialist expertise

Sharon has worked with adults with a range of psychological difficulties that impact upon the ability to function in the way people would like. Much of the therapeutic work is informed by Cognitive Analytic Therapy, which is a relational approach. Cognitive Analytic Therapy is a useful approach for many difficulties, including  depression, anxiety, phobia, and interpersonal difficulties including personality disorder. People who benefit from Cognitive Analytic Therapy tend to have repeating patterns which are causing problems in their life, for example struggling to look after themselves or maintain relationships, a difficulty managing alcohol or substances, or patterns of disordered eating. The therapy involves looking at how a person thinks, feels, and acts, and the experiences and relationships that have shaped the person. Together, a new understanding of the difficulties is developed which links how the person relates to themselves and others in their daily life, with what they have experienced in the past. This new understanding is then used to explore alternative ways to respond, helping the person to more effectively meet their goals.

Specialising in exploring patterns in the ways people relate to themselves and others, this information is then used to focus on recovery and positive changes. Sharon is passionate about helping people develop the skills they need to manage their own mental health and to spot patterns before they become problematic. She also has experience in providing supervision to her colleagues.

Sharon undertakes assessments of Autism using a neuro affirmative approach and is committed to supporting Autistic adults. She also continues to be an ally with LGBTQIA+ and BAME individuals in her work.

Hours of work

Appointments are available between 9am and 4pm on Mondays and Tuesdays,  and from 9am to 1pm on Friday. If you would like to book an appointment with Sharon then please call the clinic on 091 727777 or get in touch via the contact page.