Dr Rima Lamba CPsychol, Specialist in Women's Mental and Reproductive Health
209-211 Ashley Road
0161 696 1620
Introduction to Practice:
Blue River Psychology is a Counselling Psychology led practice specialising in the emotional and psychological well-being of women and mothers. The Founder and Director of the practice - Dr Rima Lamba - has a specialist interest in exploring how mental health and reproductive and sexual health intersect.
Reproductive psychology includes difficulties such as:
Pregnancy or perinatal loss, e.g. miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and still birth
Abortions / terminations
Postnatal depression (please see webpage on maternal mental health on blueriverpsychology.com).
Our practice also works closely with females across the lifespan dealing with pregnancy planning, pregnancy choices, unexpected pregnancies and menopause (including premature menopause).
Dr Lamba has a passionate interest in maternal mental health and works closely with women experiencing perinatal mental health difficulties such as fear of childbirth (tokophobia), perinatal anxiety (e.g. perinatal OCD), birth trauma, maternal adjustment and transition and maternal identity issues.
Other Interests and Expertise:
Blue River Psychology also works beyond the above named specialties, as Dr Lamba often works closely with women experiencing low self-esteem, life transition and adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, physical health issues, body image issues, eating disorders, relationship problems (including separation and divorce) and identity issues (including race, gender and sexuality). Blue River Psychology is ultimately interested in issues that impact women across the age range.
Values and Philosophies of the Practice:
As a practice, we advocate the choices and freedom of young girls and women. Women’s lives have changed dramatically in the last 50 years, which has created ripples and waves in how the gender has adapted and coped with their social position. There are many choices now for women, which weren’t available in the past. This has led to a position of empowerment for women but not without its own issues. Many women, for example, can still have their roles socially defined in a relational context, for example – wife, mother, grandmother. There are many women of course who choose not to follow these paths and pursue other meaningful life choices, such as career, friendships/relationships and travel. However, voluntary childlessness, whether you are single, co-habiting or married, still comes with social pressures and reactions, which range from prejudicial, lacking understanding and even discrimination.
Women who choose a different path from that which is deemed socially acceptable, can end up facing numerous challenges, e.g. disapproval, disparagement, denigration, and criticism. The scrutiny and stigma that comes with choosing a child-free life can bring its own emotional and psychological difficulties. Therefore, Blue River Psychology also works closely with women who are contemplating or have made the choice to remain child-free and we work to help them make sense of their identity and how they navigate themselves through society.
Psychological Therapy Approach and Framework
Within her practice, Dr Lamba's psychological work is underpinned by attachment and psychodynamic thinking, which suggests that our early childhood experiences and relationships can shape how we view ourselves, our loved ones and the world in which we are immersed in. Often the aim of psychological work has been seen to "treat" psychological distress by reducing it. However, our experiences of emotional and psychological distress can become easier to manage, once we explore and develop insight into our early experiences and how they affect us. It is this sense-making process, which is key in psychological therapy.
Dr Lamba’s attachment-focussed and relational style of working is interspersed with her knowledge and skills in culture and ethnicity. After all, early relationships and experiences are influenced by our ethnicity, culture and racial identity. This approach is also combined with a gentle focus on feminist concepts, which involves reflecting on positions of power in social settings, exploring how women are positioned in society and the impact this may have on women's mental health.
Dr Lamba works using an integrative framework, which means she draws on numerous theoretical psychological models, to help female clients reach a place of empowerment, insight and strength. If this is what you are looking for, then we are the service for you.
How does it all work?
At Blue River Psychology, we work collaboratively and inclusively with you to offer tailor-made psychological interventions. This means having access to psychological therapy which is individualised in terms of appointments, number of sessions and the overall approach taken.
Blue River Psychology accepts referrals from health professionals, including Psychologists, Counsellor's, Psychotherapists, Midwives, Health Visitors, GP's and Psychiatrists. We also accept self-referrals.
Training, qualifications & experience
Dr Lamba studied a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree attaining an Upper-Second Class (2:1) and then followed up with post-graduate training. She studied a Professional Doctorate degree in Counselling Psychology, which included real-life practical training experience for 4 years. In this time she completed over 450 hours of client hours in clinical practice.
She has trained as an integrative practitioner and is able to use a variety of therapeutic models to help her clients. Her training includes: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), compassion focussed therapy (CFT) and Gestalt therapy. All therapeutic models are underpinned on humanistic principles of therapy. Dr Lamba continues professional development by attending training courses as a way of staying abreast of new therapeutic tools.
Dr Lamba is a Chartered Member with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Dr Lamba has also completed foundation training in infertility counselling at the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA).
Dr Lamba has also completed the Foundation Level Training in Perinatal Psychology Workforce Training with the the BPS, Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP)'s Faculty in Perinatal Psychology.
Dr Lamba has also completed the Complex Birth Trauma Training with the DCP's Faculty of Perinatal Psychology.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Dr Lamba provides clinical supervision in the various models of therapy.
Dr Lamba is also available for research supervision.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Gestalt therapy
Please contact me to discuss fees.
If you contact me by telephone, 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|
I see people in Central Manchester sometimes, unfortunately only this clinic site is wheelchair accessible (not Hale)
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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