Dr. Daniela Semedo , PhD. (UK)

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Daniela Semedo

Acceptance, understanding, and genuine attention stand as the basic tenets of every human relationship.

As a Clinical Psychologist, I empathetically support individuals in managing their intra- and interpersonal emotional and behavioural difficulties, and work alongside them to encourage and succeed in creating a more fulfilling life journey. 

Born in Portugal and educated in both Portugal and the UK, I have worked in different inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. This has included both public and private sectors in Portugal, India and the UK, prior to moving to the UAE. In academia, I have worked as a lecturer, and as a clinical and research supervisor. 

I have extensive clinical experience in delivering therapy to children, adolescents and young adults dealing with a variety of life adjustments, and use solution-focused strategies in an integrated developmental approach. I also offer support to parents and work closely with families. 

With a holistic approach, I formulate clients’ needs and employ a variety of evidence-based tools that are individually tailored to best achieve the desired therapeutic outcomes, while taking into consideration each client and their unique background. I strongly believe empathy and compassion are key components in the success of the therapeutic process, and I always offer a space where clients can feel heard, secure and accepted.

Expertise

  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Emotional Distress
  • Attachment and difficulties with Interpersonal Relationships
  • Parental guidance
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychosis

Tools

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Systemic Therapy
  • Positive Psychology Approaches
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Approaches

Qualifications & Memberships

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, The University of Edinburgh (UK)
  • MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology, Piaget Institute (Portugal)
  • BSc in Clinical and Counselling Psychology, Piaget Institute (Portugal)
  • Registered with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA)
  • Member of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA)
  • Member of the Order of Portuguese Psychologists (OPP)
  • Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Services

Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy

Also known as talk therapy, psychotherapy is the general term for spending time with a…

Psychotherapy (Children)
Psychotherapy (Children)
Psychotherapy (Children)

For children who can confidently express themselves, a therapist will choose the…

Activity Therapy
Activity Therapy
Activity Therapy

Activity therapy uses fun, psychological board games and art to assist children in…

Support Groups
Support Groups
Support Groups

The LightHouse Arabia is honored to provide a wide array of support groups across a range…

Online Therapy
Online Therapy
Online Therapy

Have your session from the comfort of your own home. Online therapy services provide the…

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