Mila Palma MA UKCP MBACP Psychotherapist & Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist
1 Bell Yard
I'm a psychotherapist in private practice since 2008. My aim is to get deeper into with what matters most to my clients with warmth, dedication and a non judgemental attitude. The ultimate goal is the long term well-being and emotional resilience of my clients.
Depending on the nature of the difficulties experienced, I can work short-term (usually around 6-12 sessions) or with an open-ended contract when more in-depth therapeutic work is needed.
I offer individual counselling and psychotherapy as well as couples therapy. I work with respect and understanding of different cultural backgrounds, ethnicity and sexual orientations and I have experience of working with same sex couples.
My therapeutic approach is integrative, drawing on existential, humanistic, experiential and attachment theories.
I am particularly experienced in helping clients with relationship issues, loss and bereavement, depression, anxiety and anger management.
I have received advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy and this approach informs my work with couples. It's an effective, evidence based approach designed to help couples overcome conflict and distressing ways of relating by developing a stronger emotional connection (for more detailed descriptions of the approach, you will find a link at the bottom of the page with my articles on the subject). It's a short-term approach which works well for most couples and usually produces lasting positive changes in the relationship within 10-20 sessions.
Based on my training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, I have also developed a programme of Relationship Coaching for people who are either single and looking for a new partner, or in the early stages of a new relationship and hoping to break old negative patterns.
Apart from running my private practice, significant past clinical experience from 2006 included working as a psychotherapist and Clinical Team Leader with well-known organisations such as the NHS and BUPA, and a number of London based charities.
I offer sessions to individuals and couples online via Skype or FaceTime when meeting face-to-face at my consulting room is not possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples
Externship and Core Skills Advanced Training
ICEEFT, Ottawa, Canada
MA in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling
New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, London / Sheffield University
Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy or Counselling
Regent's School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, London
Registered with UKCP and BACP
Lifetime Member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (ICEEFT)
Past clinical positions held:
NHS Clinical Team Leader at The Awareness Centre London
Counsellor at the Retail Trust charity, London
Psychotherapist at St. Thomas Hospital, London
Counsellor at BUPA Psychological Services, London
Bereavement Counsellor at Wandsworth Bereavement Service, London
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Mid-life crisis, loss of meaning, lack of direction, fear of ageing and dying, cultural identity issues, sense of isolation, supporting young gay people who want to come out.
Maternity issues including expecting and parenting twins and multiples, post-natal depression.
Photos & videos
My fees vary depending on type of therapy, location and time. Please contact me and I'll be happy to give you an indication of the likely fees based on your requirements.
- Stopping the negative cycle of protest-withdraw with the help of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
- Stopping the Vicious Cycle of Blaming each Other with the help of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
- How to prepare for couple therapy
- Couple Therapy / Emotions and Reactions That Get Your Relationship Into Trouble: Criticism
I also offer sessions in Italian.
I welcome people from all walks of life, age, sexual orientations and cultural backgrounds.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client