Dr Sheena Macalister

Clinical Psychologist & Associate


Sheena is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who has gained a wide range of clinical experience within the 17 years that she has worked for the NHS. After qualifying in 2006, she initially worked in community Child and Adolescent Mental Health services.  Over recent years, she has worked in various hospitals in London with people suffering with long-term physical health conditions and those with life limiting illness.  She is passionate about applying psychological principles to help people adjust to their symptoms and find ways to engage with the most meaningful areas in their lives.

In private practice, Sheena uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to address a range of problems, including depression, anxiety and difficulties adjusting to illness and experiences of loss. She recognises that an individual’s problems can impact more widely on relationships, and her therapy can therefore include partners or family members if this would be of benefit to her clients.

In recent years, Sheena has developed a particular interest in compassion-focused therapy – an approach which goes straight to the heart of understanding the origins of our emotions.  She particularly values how engaging in compassionate mind training can help to de-stigmatise a person’s experience of distress, reduce feelings of isolation and increase confidence in managing challenges as they arise.


2006: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton

1999: BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Portsmouth

Additional Training

2021: Compassion-focused chair work and digital applications. The Compassionate Mind Foundation

2021: Advanced skills training in Compassion-focused therapy. The Compassionate Mind Foundation

2021: Using Compassion-focused therapy for shame based trauma memories. Deborah Lee

2020: Evolution, attachment and compassion-focused therapy. Paul Gilbert

2017: Compassion focused therapy for long-term conditions. Mary Welford

2012: Acceptance and commitment therapy: intermediate skills training. Mindfulness Training Ltd.

2012: Acceptance and commitment therapy: experiential introduction. Mindfulness Training Ltd.

2009: Systemic consultation in schools. Tavistock, London

Professional Registration

HCPC Registered Psychologist: PYL16322

Recognised Provider for Private Health Insurers

Aviva (600139865); AXA PPP Healthcare (SM08846); Cigna Healthcare (217965); WPA (920990174)


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