About me

Hello, I am Dr Rima Lamba. I am a 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 motherhood, low self-esteem, depression, perinatal mental health issues, postnatal depression, attachment and bonding difficulties in motherhood, relationship difficulties, body image, disordered eating (binge eating), issues around identity, 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 and feminist concepts. I also use techniques in compassion-focussed therapy (CFT), systemic and narrative approaches.

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

I provide a warm, non-judgemental, and safe space to help you explore difficulties. As a client-driven practitioner, I draw on various skills and research to formulate an understanding of the psychological difficulties you may be experiencing. As you can probably see, I enjoy working relationally, particularly using feminist psychodynamic models of thinking to help women feel empowered in overcoming life’s challenges.

Reach out…. I am here, let’s figure this out together.

 

Qualifications & Practice Details

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

 

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

 

 

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

Prescribe Medication: No

Practical Details

Languages
Gujrati
English
Types of Clients
Young People
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

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