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Mila Palma MA UKCP & BACP reg. Psychotherapist; Certified EFT Couple Therapist

London, WC2A 2JR Registered / Accredited

About me

I've been running TherapyTime, my psychotherapy practice in central London, since 2009 and over the years I developed a particular interest and expertise in working with people who are struggling with relationship problems and associated anxiety, stress and life crises. I offer individual psychotherapy as well as couples therapy.

I'm passionate about helping people improve their relationships. The focus of my work has become over the years to help people change the way they relate to each other, to become more emotionally open, attuned to each other and authentic. I found that many other psychological problems that people experience (anxiety, stress, panic, lack of meaning, depression) seem to alleviate if not disappear completely once people start having better relationships; not just with their partner (if they have one) but with their friends and family. Many of us grew up thinking that being ‘independent’ was good, and that needing others was not so good, but science (neuroscience in particular) increasingly confirms what John Bowlby (the father of attachment theory) told us a long time ago: we need others to survive. Being dependent on others (being able to lean on others in times of need) is not just ok, but essential for our well-being.

I'm Certified in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy ('EFT') and this approach informs my work with couples. It's a very 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 to medium term approach which works well for most couples and usually produces lasting positive changes in the relationship within 12-20 sessions.

My therapeutic work with individual clients is primarily relational and it draws on existential, humanistic, experiential and attachment theories.

I work with respect and understanding of different cultural backgrounds, ethnicity and sexual orientations and I have experience of working with same sex couples. Depending on the nature of the difficulties experienced, I can work short-term (usually around 12-15 sessions) or in an open-ended way when more in-depth therapeutic work is needed.

Apart from private practice, my 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’ve been working in private practice since 2008.


I offer sessions to individuals and couples via video-link when meeting face-to-face at my London practice is not possible.

You'll find more information about my work on my main website www.therapytime.co.uk if needed, or just get in touch!

Training, qualifications & experience

EFT Supervisor Candidate
ICEEFT, Ottawa, Canada

Supervisor in Training at CSTD London

Certified Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist
ICEEFT, Ottawa, Canada

MA in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling

New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, London / Sheffield University

Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling
Regent's School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, London

Registered with UKCP and BACP

Lifetime Member of ICEEFT
(International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples)

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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 and loneliness.
  • Psychological support to the LGBTQ community.
  • Supporting victims of narcissistic abuse/ partners of people displaying traits of NPD (narcissistic personality disorder).
  • Vegan issues / trauma induced by animal cruelty/ feeling overwhelmed.
  • Maternity issues including expecting and parenting twins and multiples, post-natal depression.


Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies

Photos & videos

Fees

Face-to-face on Saturdays in central London (individual and couple therapy): £110

Daytime online individual or couple sessions via Skype or FaceTime £80


1 Bell Yard
London
WC2A 2JR

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Italian

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

I work in central London on Saturdays and online Monday to Wednesday.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Supervision

General Supervision.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Mila Palma MA UKCP & BACP reg. Psychotherapist; Certified EFT Couple Therapist

Mila Palma MA UKCP & BACP reg. Psychotherapist; Certified EFT Couple Therapist