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Meet the Team

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

We are a team of deeply dedicated and highly experienced Clinical and Counselling Psychologists.

You can have an overview about our team here and explore our profiles and learn more about our expertise and the language we speak.

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Dr Valentina de Rogatis

Psychologist for depression and anxiety

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Hi, I am Valentina, an accredited HCPC Principal Clinical Psychologist. I am the founder of TheSpaceForYou Therapy Service, an online service for people who are looking for a space to reflect on their life and would like to start a journey towards emotional well-being. 

I have qualified as Practitioner Psychologist in 2009 and I have over 10 years of experience in the NHS and private practice, I have worked across a diverse range of settings, including mental health, community services and physical health services.  

In my private practice, I see mainly adults, and I offer short- to long-term therapy. I like to work flexibly, integrating different strategies from a range of therapeutic models, to enable a collaborative and adaptable approach which can be tailored to your therapeutic goals and needs.  Through therapy I will help you to embrace changes providing you with tools to navigate the storms that you are facing, and thrive.

Specialist interests and expertise

  • Low mood and anxiety

  • Stress and Burn-out

  • Long Term Conditions and chronic physical health issues

  • Low self-esteem and high levels of self-criticism

  • Pre and post surgery support 

  • Appearance distress 
     

I have specialised in working with low mood, anxiety, panic and stress. My clients often complains about feeling tired, be unable to concentrate, lacking motivation and been unable to sleep. Often physical symptoms are the first to be recognised but unfortunately these are often underestimated. I have supported many clients who were suffering from extreme stress and experienced physical and mental exhaustion. Burn-out has become extremely common in our society.
I also love to support clients with low self esteem. We all have a "little voice" inside us that makes at times doubt ourselves, but when this become "too loud" it is very hard to face the world. Therapy can really help to become more aware of our thoughts, observing them and  learning when to let them go.

I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) as my main modalities. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can help you to manage your feelings by changing the way you think and behave. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) helps you facing and embrace your challenges rather than avoiding it, helps you to identify your values and use them to guide your life changes and live a fulfilling and meaningful life. Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) helps managing shame and self- criticism developing your own self-compassion and compassion to others. 

I have an interest is working with Long Term Conditions and chronic physical health issues. I have led a Long-Term Conditions Psychology Service for patients with diabetes, respiratory conditions and heart disease supporting them coping with their health conditions and other life stressors. I have also worked with clients with long Covid, chronic pain, IBS and skin conditions.

 

I am also specialised in working with appearance related concerns and visible differences. In a world where appearance is inordinately important, everyone with a visible difference or perceived difference can easily loose their sense of worth and confidence. For the last few years I have been the clinical lead of an Orthognathic Psychological Service in London, supporting patients that have emotional distress around their body image, in particular their face and smile, and are considering undergo for a jaw surgery. I offer support in the decision making, pre and post-surgery support and therapy. 

I am a very empathetic clinician and I am very passionate about connecting with people and support them be the person that they want to be. I work in a very collaborative way; I will support you understanding yourself better, in finding your own answers, but I will also share with you strategies to cope and manage difficult thoughts and feelings that possibly are stopping you in living the life that you want.

Dr Hannah Ryan

Clinical Psychologist

Clinical Psychologist for low self esteem

Hello, I am Hannah, an experienced HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist and I have many years of experience in providing therapy to adults, teenagers, couples, parents and parents-to-be. I support people who are struggling with low mood, stress, anxiety, self-doubt, perfectionism, physical health issues, relationship challenges, parenting crises and many other difficulties.  

Specialist interests and expertise

  • Parenting, perinatal, couples and family work

  • Long Term Conditions and chronic physical health issues

  • Low self-esteem and high levels of self-criticism
     

My primary specialism is in parenting, perinatal, couples and family work and I have worked in a variety of NHS and charity roles focusing on parental mental health, parenting and parent-child relationships. I have clinical experience with supporting women and men through a range of distressing challenges including antenatal and postnatal depression and anxiety, and I understand that the adjustment to parenthood can be a time when society expects us to be at our ‘happiest’ but when we might find ourselves unfortunately feeling at our most vulnerable, frightened and isolated. Similarly, I have supported parents with a diverse range of tricky and overwhelming parenting challenges from toddlerhood through to adolescence, and I am trained in a number of evidence-based parenting strategies that can help.

 

I also have experience and a special interest in working with Long Term Conditions and chronic physical health issues. In particular, I am interested in conditions which are “invisible” and often “invalidated” by others– conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome or M.E., Long Covid, Vestibular and Balance Disorders, Chronic Migraine, PCOS, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, POTS, thyroid conditions, autoimmune diseases and other health issues which can be profoundly disabling and which can have an enormous impact on one’s quality of life but which can be poorly understood and poorly accommodated by society- and even by the medical community.

 

A third area of interest for me is working with people who either have low self-esteem and high levels of self-criticism or with those who might be described by friends as “over-achievers” and who also have high levels of self-criticism. Two of my main approaches are Compassion Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. These can work well for people who struggle with these types of challenges, who can be prone to low mood, hopelessness, anxiety or burnout. Additionally, I am interested in ‘intergenerational trauma’ – in the ways in which patterns can end up being passed down through families, for better or worse, in understanding how we relate to ourselves in relation to our early experiences, and in supporting people to ‘break cycles’ and discover new ways of relating to themselves and others.

 

I am a non-judgmental, warm and compassionate psychologist who believes in weaving in evidence-based therapeutic approaches from the right therapies to help you reduce distress and tap into your innate resilience. I feel passionately about helping people to remember their strengths and find their way to a place where they feel stronger, lighter and more hopeful about the future. If we work together, I hope you will leave our sessions feeling validated and understood as well as empowered with clear strategies you can use right away to help yourself move forwards in the right direction. I am a straight-talking clinician who believes in transparency and authenticity in the therapeutic relationship, and I like to use a bit of humour where appropriate too. I am lucky enough to love what I do, and to find great fulfilment in supporting people through times of difficulty and helping them find relief. If you think we might be a good fit, please do feel free to reach out and ask for a consultation.  

Dr Hannah Ryan

Clinical Psychologist

Hello, I am Hannah, an experienced HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist and I have many years of experience in providing therapy to adults, teenagers, couples, parents and parents-to-be. I support people who are struggling with low mood, stress, anxiety, self-doubt, perfectionism, physical health issues, relationship challenges, parenting crises and many other difficulties.  

Clinical Psychologist for low self esteem

Specialist interests and expertise

  • Parenting, perinatal, couples and family work

  • Long Term Conditions and chronic physical health issues

  • Low self-esteem and high levels of self-criticism
     

My primary specialism is in parenting, perinatal, couples and family work and I have worked in a variety of NHS and charity roles focusing on parental mental health, parenting and parent-child relationships. I have clinical experience with supporting women and men through a range of distressing challenges including antenatal and postnatal depression and anxiety, and I understand that the adjustment to parenthood can be a time when society expects us to be at our ‘happiest’ but when we might find ourselves unfortunately feeling at our most vulnerable, frightened and isolated. Similarly, I have supported parents with a diverse range of tricky and overwhelming parenting challenges from toddlerhood through to adolescence, and I am trained in a number of evidence-based parenting strategies that can help.

 

I also have experience and a special interest in working with Long Term Conditions and chronic physical health issues. In particular, I am interested in conditions which are “invisible” and often “invalidated” by others– conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome or M.E., Long Covid, Vestibular and Balance Disorders, Chronic Migraine, PCOS, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, POTS, thyroid conditions, autoimmune diseases and other health issues which can be profoundly disabling and which can have an enormous impact on one’s quality of life but which can be poorly understood and poorly accommodated by society- and even by the medical community.

 

A third area of interest for me is working with people who either have low self-esteem and high levels of self-criticism or with those who might be described by friends as “over-achievers” and who also have high levels of self-criticism. Two of my main approaches are Compassion Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. These can work well for people who struggle with these types of challenges, who can be prone to low mood, hopelessness, anxiety or burnout. Additionally, I am interested in ‘intergenerational trauma’ – in the ways in which patterns can end up being passed down through families, for better or worse, in understanding how we relate to ourselves in relation to our early experiences, and in supporting people to ‘break cycles’ and discover new ways of relating to themselves and others.

 

I am a non-judgmental, warm and compassionate psychologist who believes in weaving in evidence-based therapeutic approaches from the right therapies to help you reduce distress and tap into your innate resilience. I feel passionately about helping people to remember their strengths and find their way to a place where they feel stronger, lighter and more hopeful about the future. If we work together, I hope you will leave our sessions feeling validated and understood as well as empowered with clear strategies you can use right away to help yourself move forwards in the right direction. I am a straight-talking clinician who believes in transparency and authenticity in the therapeutic relationship, and I like to use a bit of humour where appropriate too. I am lucky enough to love what I do, and to find great fulfilment in supporting people through times of difficulty and helping them find relief. If you think we might be a good fit, please do feel free to reach out and ask for a consultation.  

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Dr Anna Bajus

Clinical and Counselling Psychologist

Hi, I'm Anna, a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist registered with the HCPC, offering a unique blend of clinical and counselling techniques to support you on your journey towards emotional well-being. I work online and face to face in Edinburgh, Scotland. With years of experience working with diverse groups, including young mothers, the LGBT+ community, and young adolescents, I understand that each individual's experience is unique and requires a personalized approach.

 

I speak English and Polish.

Specialist interests and expertise

  • Perinatal and Adjustment to parenthood

  • Anxiety 

  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Relationship issues and Intergenerational transmission of relationship patterns

  • LGBT

  • Eating Difficulties and weight managment

 

 Through a combination of Psychodynamic, CBT, and third-wave techniques, I tailor therapy to meet your specific needs, providing a range of tools to support your growth and healing.

In addition to my clinical work, I am actively involved in research and professional development. I collaborate with non-profit organizations such as "Otwarte Szafy" (Open Closets), where I was leading a team of psychologists working to support LGBT+ individuals experiencing family rejection.

 

I am also passionate about perinatal mental health and for more than a year I was a volunteer with Juno PMHS Edinburgh to provide support to mothers during the challenging transition to parenthood. As a parent myself, I understand the importance of providing a safe and supportive environment for mothers and fathers. I am committed to breaking down stigma surrounding mental health and providing compassionate care to those struggling with anxiety, depression, and birth trauma.

In addition to my clinical and volunteer work, I am a published author, contributing articles to leading psychological magazines in Poland such as "Characters" and "Psychology in Practice." My articles focus on evidence-based therapeutic tools and innovative approaches to treating mental health disorders, reflecting my commitment to advancing the field of psychology.

 

I am dedicated to helping you regain your inner resilience and guiding you through your emotional pain.

Dr Daphne Capobianco

Clinical and Counselling Psychologist 

Psychologist specialised in stress

 I am a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Profession Council). I am also an accredited BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) CBT therapist.

I take a flexible and exploratory approach, integrating various therapeutic schools of thought to better tailor therapy to individual needs. I draw upon Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, clinical applications of the Attachment Theory, Person-Centred Theory, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Areas of interest

I am experienced in a wide range of adult working-age (16 -65) difficulties, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, stress and burnout. I am particularly passionate about the long-term consequences of traumatic experiences, including abuse and neglect. I am particularly passionate about the long-term consequences of traumatic experiences, including abuse and neglect. My intention is to develop a therapeutic alliance, a safe space to provide a hearing, a listening

Specialist interests and expertise

  • Low mood and anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Stress and Burn-out

  • Relationships


I am Italian and offer therapy both in Italian and English. 

I focus on providing high quality, evidence based therapy that enables clients to feel empowered and understood, enabling them to learn the skills needed to make positive and long lasting changes in their lives.

Carolyn Brady

Counselling Psychologist

I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to follow my calling and retrain from my initial career in physical metallurgy to become a Counselling Psychologist registered with the HCPC and HPCSA.

I have provided individual psychotherapy for 25 years to adults to address mental health concerns which include: depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, adjustment challenges, personal growth, self-destructive behaviour patterns, personality disorders, substance abuse, relationship challenges and work related issues.

Work experience includes:  managing a private practice, a psychometric services practice and role of senior psychologist in multidisciplinary team in psychiatric clinics.

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Specialist interests and expertise

  • Trauma

  • Adjustment challenges

  • Grief and loss

  • Relationships challenges
     

My Therapeutic Style: I believe the potential for change is rooted in a safe, respectful, nurturing environment. This safe space allows clients to pause, be reflective and intentional about shifting from disharmony to harmony. My style in therapy is authentic, collaborative and engaging. Critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills help determine the best course of action for individual patient care.

Therapeutic Model: I use an integrative approach which incorporates aspects from various therapeutic modalities as directed by the client’s presenting challenge.  These tend to include systemic psychology, psychodynamic therapy, narrative psychology, solution focused therapy, interpersonal therapy, CBT, ACT, DBT, BWRT, EMDR and positive psychology

Online therapy with me is a collaborative relationship directed towards your defined goals.   I value the trust placed in me over the past 25 years by clients from diverse backgrounds, challenged by a range of mental health concerns of varying degrees of severity.

Fulvio D'Acquisto

Psychotherapist

My name is Fulvio and I am a fully qualified and MBACP accredited Psychotherapist.

My professional education as psychotherapist was undertaken at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy education in London, where I have completed a 5 year postgraduate Diploma and a two year research Master program in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have worked an trained in several organisations and mental health charities and I have been seeing clients in private practice for over 10 years.

I am genuinely interested in helping people achieving their best in every aspect of their life. A meaningful life is indeed a fully lived life and I like helping people seeking their true meaning and purpose in life.
 

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I offer support to people suffering from a wide range of psychological and emotional problems: from anxiety to depression, loss of life meaning and direction, anger and frustration. I am happy to discuss your difficulties and work out together if I can be of any help to you.

Specialist interests and expertise

I am also very intrigued by the psyche and body connection. I teach and research immunology and I have a particular interest in immune diseases with a psychological ‘component’ such as:

  • endometriosis

  • infertility

  • rheumatoid arthritis

  • lupus

  • Crohn’s disease
     

As an integrative therapist I rely upon several theoretical frameworks, this includes Psychodynamic (understanding and exploring the roots of your problems) Humanistic (focusing specifically on you as a unique individual), Existential (looking at our meaning and purpose in life) and the Transpersonal (going beyond our understanding of life and living). Therapy can be both long or short-term.


I see psychotherapy as a journey that allows you to life and one’s feelings and emotions under a new light. Having a dedicated time to discuss your problems or doubts in a open and free way with with someone that is there - just to listen to you - it’s tremendously helpful.

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Our approach

We offer short and long-term online therapy to adults. I like to work flexibly, integrating different strategies from a range of therapeutic models, to enable a collaborative and adaptable approach which can be tailored to your therapeutic goals and needs. We have a particular interest in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). I use supervision and attend regularly workshops, trainings and conferences.

 

We offer a very active form of therapy. It’s not simply talking about your problems and feelings. We will work together as a team, we will explore your difficulties with the aim to help you to be the person you want to be and make positive changes in your life sharing with you new skills to handle difficult thoughts and feelings more effectively. Part of the therapeutic work is an exploration of emotional and behavioural patterns, which can contribute to maintaining some of the difficulties. Often we can make sense of these re-occurring patterns by linking them with our past experiences.

Appointments typically last 50 minutes and are usually held on a weekly or fortnightly basis, but can be arranged more or less frequently if required. During the first session you will have the opportunity to discuss your needs or difficulties, what you would like to achieve or change through therapy. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions and share any thoughts about this process.

We will help by:

  • Providing a safe space to reflect and get in touch with your emotions.

  • Bringing out your strengths.

  • Developing new coping skills.

  • Supporting you setting new goals and planning for the future.

  • Finding long-term solutions and avoiding short-term fixes.

  • Developing resilience (to bounce back from adversity and lead a fulfilling life).

  • Improve your general wellbeing.

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