About Eva Malia


Eva Malia is known for her courage and compassion in tackling life's greatest challenges: love, freedom, attachment, suffering, happiness. Born and raised in Spain along the Costa de la Luz, Eva moved to the U.S. in 1997 in order to study with teacher Dennis Merzel Roshi and ultimately became an ordained Zen monk. Regarding that experience, Ms. Malia says "To face the stillness of Zen is to know courage." Through her efficacy and use of creative quietude Eva facilitates a safe insights within her counseling sessions.

"Her approach is direct and non-threatening and I'm always surprised by the tools she has at her command." - Nov. 2010

Ms. Malia has received her Masters in Professional Counseling and for the last ten years worked with survivors of sexual abuse and trauma. Ms. Malia's techniques help her clients cultivate the courage to move forwards despite these traumatic events.

"My first session with Eva made a lasting impression on my life. She literally gave me permission to talk to my anxiety. I had never thought to talk to my anxiety. It's not that my anxiety went away, but that I know what it wants and how it protects me now. I feel so fortunate for having found Eva" - May 2011

Eva uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Positive Psychology, Big Mind and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as the primary techniques in her counseling practice. She has also received additional training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Feminist and Multicultural Therapy.

Eva's accomplishments include:

  • Heard on Radio Una, and Radio Exitos, seen on Univision, and read in The Salt Lake Tribune, the largest-circulated newspaper in Salt Lake City
  • Sought after speaker, having given over 100 presentations and trainings addressing domestic violence, sexual violence, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Feminist Multicultural Theories, suicidal crisis intervention, cultivating healthy relationships and the cultural misconceptions of what love is.
  • Presenter at the American Women in Psychology Conference, 2008.
  • 8 years experience as a counselor and 10 years experience in group facilitation.
  • Created, organized, coordinated and implemented the “Latino Women for a Life Without Violence” Conference.
  • Ordained Zen monk of the Soto and Rinzai schools of Buddhism.
  • Consulted and interviewed for the Spanish section of the Providence Journal

Eva is available for a limited number of clients and is fluent in English and Spanish. She works both in person within Providence, Rhode Island and online via Skype. For a free consultation with Ms. Malia please contact her through the inquiry form.