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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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Let's learn more about the team

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 designed for individuals seeking a space to reflect on their lives and embark on a journey toward emotional well-being.

I qualified as a 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.

I am Italian and offer therapy both in Italian and English

 

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 complain about feeling tired, being unable to concentrate, lacking motivation and being 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. Burnout has become extremely common in our society.
I also love to support clients with low self-esteem. We all have an inner voice that sometimes makes us doubt ourselves. When this voice becomes too loud, it can be difficult to face the world. Therapy can help you become more aware of your thoughts, observe them, and learn 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 face and embrace your challenges rather than avoid them, 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 for 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 in coping with their health conditions and other life stressors. I have also worked with clients with long COVID-19, chronic pain, IBS and skin conditions.

 

I also specialise 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 lose 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 who have emotional distress around their body image, in particular their face and smile, and are considering undergoing jaw surgery. 

Cosmetic surgery consultation

I provide psychological consultation prior to cosmetic surgical procedures. These include but are not limited to, rhinoplasty, genioplasty, breast augmentation/reduction, and orthognathic surgery. As part of my service, I will write for you a report with my recommendations and liaise with your consultant if helpful to do so. I offer support in the decision making, pre and post-surgery support and appearance-related therapy. 

I am a very empathetic clinician and I am very passionate about connecting with people and supporting them to be the person that they want to be. I work in a very collaborative way, helping you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and find your own answers to the challenges you face. Additionally, I will share strategies to cope with and manage difficult thoughts and feelings that may be preventing you from living the life you want. We will work together to identify and address these obstacles, allowing you to move forward with greater confidence and clarity. My goal is to support you in developing the skills and resilience needed to overcome these challenges and achieve a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Dr Daphne Capobianco

Clinical and Counselling Psychologist 

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 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.

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

 

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 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.

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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 organisations such as "Otwarte Szafy" (Open Closets), where I was leading a team of psychologists working to support LGBT and 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, body image issues and 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.

Carolyn Brady

Senior 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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I speak English and Afrikaans.

 

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.
 

Specialist interests and expertise

  • Trauma

  • Adjustment challenges

  • Grief and loss

  • Relationships challenges

Clinical Psychologist (HCPC registered)

Educational Psychologist (HPCSA registered)

Psychotherapist

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With over 33 years of experience in mental health in private practice, I have worked across the lifespan with children, parents, individual adults, couples and families.

My therapeutic approach is integrative and flexible depending on the clinical needs of each client. I draw primarily from a psychodynamic psychotherapy approach which fundamentally explores the reasons underlying our thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

Understanding both the conscious and unconscious aspects of ourselves gives us more choices in everyday life. I also use evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) where necessary. Overarchingly, I work within a relational model of therapy, which holds that the growth and health of the client rests on a good relationship with the self and others. The therapeutic relationship sits at the core of that. Relational patterns and personal obstacles are explored in the safety of the therapeutic relationship which provides the client with a better understanding of themselves and the capacity to manage difficult feelings. I value authenticity in the therapeutic space and aim to develop the client's capacity for reflection on themselves and their relationship with others. This I believe, enhances the client's emotional and physical well-being, personal fulfilment and interpersonal relationships.

I offer both short-term and longer-term psychotherapy.
 

I speak English and Afrikaans.

Specialist interests and expertise

  • Couple Therapy - Relationships and Parenting Challenges

  • Mood and Anxiety disorders

  • Trauma / Sexual abuse

  • Work-related stress

  • Bereavement/ grief/ end of life

  • Low Self Esteem

  • Chronic physical health conditions such as cancer, cardiac and respiratory problems, MS, epilepsy, diabetes, autoimmune conditions

I  have a broad range of experience in working with racial, cultural, gender, sexual and neurodiverse clients.

I have a particular interest in attachment relationships including the parent/infant relationship, parenting in general, mothers struggling with pregnancy, birth trauma and post-natal difficulties, all of which may put the mother/infant dad at risk of attachment problems.

 

I really enjoy working with couples, I aim to provide specialised support to help improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen your relationship. Together, we can work towards building a deeper understanding and a more meaningful connection with each other.
 

I will see individual clients over 18 years of age, parents of children of all ages and couples online.

Katherine Smith

Counselling Psychologist

I am a compassionate and experienced Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Profession Council (HCPC) and an accredited BACP Therapist. I have over 12 years experience working therapeutically in both the NHS and private sector services. I bring a wealth of knowledge and understanding to my current role as an associate in private practice. The heart of my therapeutic approach is Person-Centred Counselling, which I believe is fundamental for therapeutic growth and change. I integrate Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to adapt sessions to my clients unique needs and experiences. I aim to create a safe and non-judgemental space where individuals can explore their thoughts and feelings at their own pace.

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I have experience working in a range of services, including bereavement, children and young people, older adult psychiatry, adult mental health, health psychology, and working with psychosis. I currently work in private practice. Private practice has allowed me to work flexibly with a variety of individuals presenting with a range of mental health difficulties as well as severe and enduring mental health issues. Private practice offers me the opportunity to focus more on my areas of interest and expertise. My skills lie in working with those who have been impacted by trauma and struggling with relationships, and most importantly, making sense of personal experiences and the impact those continue to have on them today. I adapt my ways of working to meet a client’s individual needs, and try and encourage people to be kinder to themselves and value their self-worth.

 

I speak English.

 

Specialist interests and expertise:

  • EMDR Therapy (both trauma and non-trauma)

  • Relationships 

  • Low mood and anxiety

  • Bereavement, grief, and end of life care

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.

I speak English and Italian.

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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