Dr Rima Lamba CPsychol, Specialist in Women, Mother's & Couples Work.
I'm a Chartered Counselling Psychologist specialising in women and mother's mental health and well-being. I have a special interest in perinatal and reproductive mental health and have specialist knowledge on culture, race and identity and the psychology of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women. I also provide couples therapy.
My practice is called Blue River Psychology and its based in Altrincham, Greater Manchester and Chorley, which is in Lancashire. (I sometimes also see clients in Central Manchester).
I provide short as well as long-term psychotherapy support.
I often see women in my practice who are struggling with postnatal depression, perinatal anxiety, birth trauma, tokophobia (fear of childbirth) and women who are generally struggling with the adjustment and transition to motherhood. I also have an interest in sexual trauma and relationship difficulties.
I work with individuals and couples who are experiencing fertility issues or pregnancy related losses (miscarriage, still birth or ectopic pregnancy) and also work with couples who are generally struggling with their relationship and connection.
Whilst my practice may seem women-centred, interestingly I do see men! Especially within a couples therapy context. I use Emotionally Focussed Therapy in couples work, which focuses on bringing attachment to the centre of the couple unit.
I am an Integrative Practitioner; however, therapeutically, I have a strong preference for attachment and psychodynamic models as they allow for greater understanding of the complexity of issues individuals maybe facing. Such approaches tend to provide a wider depth and breadth for formulating an understanding of emotional pain and/or trauma. I usually blend these approaches with ones which can help facilitate change, e.g. CBT, compassion focussed therapy (CFT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and more recently - narrative therapy approach. I bring in systemic theories, which can help facilitate an understanding of gender and how certain narratives can impact and shape gender roles and the couple relationship.
Above all, I work to ensure my clients and the couples I see, are empowered through psychological therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I studied a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. Before this, I received a BSc (Hons) in Psychology (Upper-Second Class Honours).
I'm a HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist and a Chartered Member with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
I have also completed foundation training in infertility counselling at the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA).
I continuously attend professional development training courses to ensure I am up to date with current psychological research and therapy.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also provide clinical supervision in the various models of therapy.
I am also available for research supervision (please see my supervision profile).
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
Please contact me to discuss fees as they vary based on locality, source of funding and so on.
As I'm usually busy in clinics, it is best to email me. However, if you contact me by telephone, then please ensure you leave me a clear voice mail with your name, number and a short message detailing what you are calling about.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
The Chorley clinic is accessible for people with mobility difficulties as it is on the ground floor.
Availability varies. I do offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments. It is best to get in touch to discuss appointment times.
Types of client
Supervision & training
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