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MA, UKCP, BACP reg. Psychotherapist, Certified EFT therapist

About me

I ran TherapyTime Group Practice in central London from 2009 to 2020 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. Since 2020 I have been working with clients exclusively online as I relocated outside of London. I now work with people across the UK and abroad, in English and Italian.

I'm one of a very limited number of professionals in the UK to be 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.

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.

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 often work with LGBTQ+ couples. Depending on the nature of the difficulties experienced, I can work short-term (usually around 15-20 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 and supervising other therapists since 2019.

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

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Clinical Supervision CSTD London

EFT Supervisor Candidate ICEEFT, Ottawa, Canada

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

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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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.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.
  • Supporting victims of narcissistic abuse/ partners of people displaying traits of NPD (narcissistic personality disorder).
  • Vegan friendly therapist working with trauma induced by animal cruelty/ feeling overwhelmed.
  • Maternity issues including expecting and parenting twins and multiples, post-natal depression.

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£120.00 per session

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I work weekdays from 9:30 to 2:50pm 

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I'm particularly interested in working with colleagues and trainees who wish to explore existential and attachment-based perspectives in their work.

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Mila Palma

Mila Palma