About me

Hello, I am Dr Rima Lamba, I set up an independent practice called Blue River Psychology. We are based in London but work with people online, making therapy highly accessible. I am an intersectional feminist counselling psychologist with an interest in the unique experiences of women from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, but especially women from South Asian cultural backgrounds. As a practitioner, my interests lie in intersectional identities, stories, and how structural power dynamics within cultures impact and shape the lives of South Asian women. I work closely with women to explore the impact of patriarchy, race/racism, culture, and ethnicity. Helping South Asian women unpack the narratives and discourses that exist around them and how they become internalised and create emotional conflict is an important part of my work.

I also work with clients to explore the stories that exist intergenerationally and historically.  Learning what happened before we came to be, is as much part of the journey as the current story. So, exploring stories of collective and community traumas in your ancestral heritage and how that maybe taking hold now in your life, is also something we can explore.

Women who come to see me are those who maybe struggling with difficulties around identity, low self-esteem, depression, struggles with motherhood, postnatal depression, attachment and bonding difficulties in motherhood, relationship difficulties, body image, disordered eating (binge eating), loss, grief, life transitions, career issues and leadership issues, history of domestic or childhood abuse and variations of trauma. This is not an exhaustive list and you can always reach out to see how we might be able to work together with your specific life story.

As a practitioner, I draw on different therapeutic modalities to help you develop insight into your experiences, including – psychodynamic psychotherapy, attachment theory, black feminist concepts, compassion-focussed therapy (CFT), systemic and narrative approaches.

I have also trained in couples work, which is informed by emotionally focussed therapy, attachment, narrative and systemic models.

The exciting aspect of the Practice is that it is not just me! The Blue River Psychology practice has expanded to include Associate Therapists and Psychologists who also identify as South Asian females! As a Collective we are passionate about the needs of women straddling intersectional identities. The Associate Collective specialises in adult mental health, individual therapy and couples work.

We all provide a warm, non-judgemental, and safe space to help you explore difficulties. As client-driven practitioners, we draw on various skills and research to formulate an understanding of the psychological difficulties you may be experiencing. As you can probably tell, we enjoy working relationally to help clients feel empowered in overcoming life’s challenges.

You can go directly to my website and arrange an initial call with me to pick my brains!

Reach out…. we are here, we can try and figure this out together.

Please note: We were extremely busy after the pandemic right up until early 2023 and we had no choice but to hold a waiting list. Luckily as the team has expanded, we continue to be busy, but thankfully there is no longer a waiting list!! So get in touch knowing we have availability.

Please always check your spam as we get back to people and sometimes they don’t receive our emails.

I do not receive notification messages on here, so it is best to make contact through the practice email. Thank you.

Qualifications & Practice Details

Years in Practice: Qualified in 2015.

Member: Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), British Psychological Society (BPS), Association of Infant Mental Health (AIMH-UK), British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA)

Training:

Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych)

BSc (Hons) Psychology (Upper Second Class Honours award)

Additional Credentials:

Additional CPD training:

Foundation training in fertility counselling with BICA

Trauma Skills and Trauma informed practice training

Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT) for Couples Work externship training with ICEEFT

The Challenge of Racism in Therapeutic Practice CPD

BPS and Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) Professional development on Perinatal Psychology Workforce Training (2018)

BPS and Faculty of Perinatal Psychology Annual conference - Working with Complex Trauma (2018)

Introduction to Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) Practice

CFT with Perinatal Mental Health Difficulties

Introduction to Systemic and Family Therapy

A Study in Trauma and Somatic Memory, with Dr Janina Fisher (2020)

Identity Based Trauma

Inherited Trauma Conference (2020)

Attachment Narrative Therapy (2021)

Please note, CPD and training is always ongoing and I am continuously committed to enhancing my learning.

 

 

Insurance Plans: Registered with various UK health insurance providers. Please make enquiries.

Prescribe Medication: No

Practical Details

Languages
Hindi
Gujrati
English
Types of Clients
Adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Session Types
Online
Phone
Specialities

Feminist Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Patriarchy, Gender, Race and Culture

Maternal Mental Health

South Asian Psychology

Exploring Power, Oppression and Privilege

Historical, Intergenerational and Patriarchal Trauma

Psychology of Women

Depression and Anxiety

Migration and Culture