Mila Palma, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Mila Palma

English, Italian
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Mila Palma, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Mila Palma

English, Italian
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My Approach

Existential; Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy

About Me

I've been working in private practice 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 a relationships expert; 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 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 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 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 LGBTQ+ clients. 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 worldwide in English and Italian via Zoom.

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

I work with

  • Couples
  • Families
  • Groups
  • Individuals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Existential Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Age-related Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Identity Problems
  • Infertility
  • Parents
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Private Practice Issues
  • Relationships
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress
  • Telephone Counselling
  • Trauma
  • Workplace Counselling

Types of sessions

  • Online Therapy

UKCP College

  • Universities Training College (UTC)
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