Mila Palma MA UKCP MBACP Psychotherapist; Certified EFT Couple Therapist
1 Bell Yard
Hello and thank you for your interest. Whatever you are struggling with, whether anxiety, stress, relationship problems or perhaps a loss, I'm here to help you, support you, offer a safe space to explore what is happening to you and help you make sense of it. I want you to leave therapy feeling confident that, whatever life will throw at you, you will be able to cope and you will create a supportive environment around you.
I offer individual 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. 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.
My therapeutic approach is integrative, drawing on existential, humanistic, experiential and attachment theories. I am particularly experienced in helping clients with anxiety (including GAD), relationship issues, loss and bereavement, anger and depression.
I'm Certified in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy ('EFT') 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 work as Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist, 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 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’ve been working in private practice since 2008.
I offer sessions to individuals and couples online via Skype or FaceTime when meeting face-to-face at my London practice is not possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
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
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
Psychological support to the LGBTQ community
Maternity issues including expecting and parenting twins and multiples, post-natal depression.
Photos & videos
My fees vary from £70 to £110 depending on the type of therapy, location and time. Please contact me with your requirements for further details.
Clients with private insurance: I am a recognised provider with AXA PPP and Aviva.
- 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
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Saturdays; weekdays daytime
Types of client