Malika Verma

BA, MA, MPhil (Clinical Psychology)

Tavistock Qualification in Adult Psychotherapy (TQAP)

Member, Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (VAPP)


Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist & Clinical Psychologist

AHPRA Registration: PSY0002394722

Trained in the British psychoanalytic tradition at the world renowned Tavistock and Portman in London, Malika brings with her a unique ability to understand and work with the intricacies of the unconscious mind. 


After her professional training in Clinical Psychology in 2001 at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in India, Malika worked in the NHS for over a decade. During this period she completed the 4 year Interdisciplinary training in adult psychotherapy (M1) at the Tavistock. She then co-founded Tara Clinic in Kerala, India where she continued her clinical work and teaching, leading the successful seminar series, ‘Psychoanalysis in the Consulting Room’.

Currently in private practice in Melbourne, she continues to provide supervision and training in addition to clinical work. 


Malika provides consultations to individuals, couples and families. Her specialty is longer term psychoanalytic psychotherapy, usually carried out over multiple sessions each week. 

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Psychotherapy primarily allows for exploration and working through of difficulties in life and relationships. 

Malika Verma

"We may find ourselves feeling stuck, out of control or trapped in our circumstances and relationships.

Psychoanalysis does not solve external problems but it can help you achieve greater awareness about yourself, and how you relate to others.

With awareness and understanding comes choice and the ability to exercise it."

Malika Verma

What is psychotherapy?

To put it simply, psychotherapy is the treatment of psychological problems through talking about one's thoughts and emotions with a therapist, it can otherwise be called ‘talking therapy’.


Psychotherapists follow different scientific traditions to inform their practice of which psychoanalytic psychotherapy is one.


Talking therapies can be done individually, on a one to one basis or in groups. There is mounting scientific evidence to support the use of talking therapies in most mental health problems.

Psychoanalysis, the oldest of all psychotherapies, was founded by Sigmund Freud in the last decades of the 19th century.

Psychoanalytic therapies differ from most other therapies in the importance it holds for the role of unconscious mental functions and its impact on our daily lives and relationships.

Psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy is derived from psychoanalysis with the same core focus on the unconscious. This therapy offers to help people with complex emotional and relationship problems through the development of a trusting and confidential relationship with the therapist. 

Other therapies like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) treat mental health problems through our conscious thoughts, beliefs and emotions. The diagnosis and formulation of the mental health problem determines the type of psychotherapy recommended.