Beatriz Palma, Ph.D.
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Staff Psychologist and Groups Coordinator
Counseling and Psychological Services


  • Post Internship/Postdoctoral Psychology Residency (APA Accredited), University of Missouri - Columbia, Counseling Center
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology (Counseling Psychology), Department of Psychology, University of Maryland - College Park
  • Master of Science (M.S.), Counseling Psychology, University of Maryland - College Park
  • M.Ed., Counselor Education, The Pennsylvania State University - University Park 
  • Licenciada en Psicología (Licentiate in Psychology), & Título Profesional de Psicólogo (Psychologist Professional Degree). Concentration: Clinical Psychology. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

Licenses and Certifications 

  • Psychologist

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Anxiety Disorders (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, etc.)
  • Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Family of Origin
  • Group Therapy
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Multicultural Counseling and Diversity Issues
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Personality Disorders (Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, etc.)
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem and Self-Compassion
  • Stress Management and Coping Skills
  • Training and Supervision
  • Adjustment Issues (Transition to College, Graduate School, Cultural Adjustment, etc.)
  • Identity Development (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Racial/Ethnic Identity, etc.)
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 

Theoretical Orientation 

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
  • Attachment-Based
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion-Focused
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Family Systems
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Object Relations
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Trauma Informed
  • Strengths-Based

Professional Activities, Awards, Memberships

  • Fellow: Baltimore Washington Center for Psychoanalysis
  • 2019: Supervision Training Program, Washington School of Psychiatry
  • 2012-2014 The National Group Psychotherapy Institute (NGPI), Washington School of Psychiatry
  • 2-Year Institute Training Program, Group Psychotherapy
  • March 2000: Clinical Training in Brief Therapy (Strategic–Systemic approach)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17)
  • Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy (Division 49)
  • Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (Division 39)
  • American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA)
  • Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society (MAGPS)

550 Brandon Avenue Charlottesville, VA 22908

(434) 243-5150