Dr. Róisín Joyce

Lead Clinical Psychologist Galway


Dr Róisín Joyce

Chartered Clinical Psychologist & EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner & Consultant in training

DClinPsych, BA Psychology (Hons), C Clin PsSI


Early career and training

After completing a BA in Psychology in 1997 at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Róisín went to the UK to gain experience in Clinical Psychology.  She worked as an Assistant Psychologist in a number of specialities including children and families, where she worked with children and adolescents at risk of school exclusion due to behavioural and emotional problems and in an older adult team, where she worked with people with cognitive and emotional difficulties.  She also worked for two years with people with traumatic brain injuries, first as a rehabilitation assistant in a brain injury rehabilitation unit and then as an Assistant Psychologist in the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability, London.

Róisín completed a three year doctoral training at the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology, Oxford University, where she specialised in adult mental health psychology. Since finishing her doctorate in 2005, she has completed a range of additional specialist training including Schema Therapy (a treatment approach for complex difficulties), Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS) all of which are evidence-based treatments for complex difficulties. Since 2013, Róisín has focused on developing her therapeutic skills in Compassion Focused Therapy and has attended the basic and advanced training courses as well as various conferences and workshops. Roisin completed her EMDR training in March 2020.  She is currently receiving specialist supervision for this work and is working towards full EMDR accreditation in 2021. 

Experience as a Clinical Psychologist

For ten years after completing her training Róisín worked as a highly specialist Clinical Psychologist in adult mental health psychology settings.  For seven of these, Róisín worked in a NHS multi-disciplinary community mental health team helping clients with severe, enduring and complex mental health problems.  In addition she led specialist psychology services offering brief psychological interventions to people with mild/moderate mental health problems and led on the development of psychological services in oncology and palliative care settings. For the past six years she has been working privately at EBTC, offering specialist psychological assessment and intervention to people with a range of psychological difficulties and distress.  Her experience of providing evidence-based psychological assessment and intervention to people with a variety of mental health needs mean she can draw on knowledge and experience to treat a range of problems such as anxiety, phobias, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, adjustment disorders, social anxiety, health anxiety, low self-esteem, eating disorders, bi-polar disorder, trauma and borderline personality disorder. The variety and depth of Róisín’s training and experience mean she can adapt interventions to suit the individual needs of the person in therapy.

Specialist expertise

Róisín has extensive experience working with adults with a range of psychological difficulties that are having a negative impact on their ability to function in the way they would like. She specialises in working with people with recurrent psychological problems and enjoys working alongside people to help them achieve their goals and ambitions. Róisín is passionate about relapse prevention and believes in giving people the tools they need to manage their own mental health, now and in the future.  This is a major focus of her therapeutic work. She is also experienced in working with family members and carers of people experiencing difficulties.

Róisín believes in enhancing psychological and understanding through supervision and teaching.  She is experienced in providing supervision and consultancy to other professionals and has been involved in a number of teaching programmes including Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and psychological training programmes for mental health teams, Macmillan nurses and junior doctors. She currently offers supervision to other Clinical Psychologists and therapists.

Service development

Róisín designed and run a hugely successful group for people with bi-polar disorder, helping them to recognise and manage signs and symptoms of a relapse.  She took the lead for implementing an intensive group therapy programme for people with borderline personality disorder across East Berkshire.  She was instrumental in setting up a range of group programmes for people with a range of psychological difficulties.


Róisín is a Chartered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (P.S.I) and a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology.

Evidence-Based Therapy Centre

Róisín moved back to Ireland in December 2012 to set up Evidence Based Therapy centre in Galway, with Eoin Ó Conaire, Clinical Lead Physiotherapist. They have a shared vision to develop a service which puts into practice the highest quality research evidence and therefore facilitate change in the least time possible. This combined with clinical expertise and an emphasis on working collaboratively with clients can provide the best possible outcomes.

Blogs & podcasts

“That’s not for me!”. How your self-concept may be limiting you without you even knowing.

Podcast: Dr Róisín Joyce and the healing power of compassion

Podcast: Dr Malie Coyne interviews Dr Róisín Joyce

Using your intentions as a compass for life

The importance of radical acceptance and compassionate rule-breaking

Increasing activity the compassionate way

Imagine if we dealt with our physical difficulties in the same way we manage our emotional struggles

Hours of work

Róisín can offer appointments between 9am and 1pm on Tuesday Wednesday & Friday and between 9am and 5pm on Thursdays.