The Associate Collective!
Welcome! Dr Lamba has built an Associate Collective of independent practitioners who are highly skilled in their own professional areas and their ethos and values are aligned with those of Blue River Psychology practice. All Associates are of South Asian heritage and identify as female. They have a firm understanding of issues around the intersectionality of race, culture and gender and are passionate about the psychological needs of women and families.
Please have a look at their profiles and get in contact with us to arrange your initial consultation with one of of the practitioners.
Upon qualifying she began to specialise in integrating faith-based approaches into psychotherapy and with severe and acute presentations of mental distress such as psychosis, bipolar and personality disorders. This work led her to Open Dialogue; a non-hierarchical systemic model based on the importance of the relationships we live in and understanding mental health symptoms as meaningful communications of distress. After completing a further Master’s degree in Open Dialogue Systemic Psychotherapy she has been working with families in Adult Inpatient mental health wards, community psychosis services, and both inpatient and community Eating Disorder Services.
Dr Sara works with adult families (age 16 and above for all members) when a loved one is experiencing emotional and psychological distress, her approach helps families to ‘listen in a way which encourages others to speak, and to speak in a way which encourages others to listen’. She believes that when we feel validated and understood we can start to make meaning from our experiences, and that this validation and meaning making process can begin to facilitate healing from life’s trauma’s. As we begin to reconnect to ourselves and our power through his healing, we can begin to write a different life story.
During her many years of training and experience Dr Sara has felt that doing this process with those closest to us can be significantly more powerful and healing for all, hence her passion for working with the family!
She has experience of working with children, adults and families.
Selina works with individuals experiencing emotional crises, relationship difficulties, difficult transitions, anxiety, depression, loss, trauma and individuals struggling with their identity. She draws on multiple approaches to offer a personalised approach that best fits around the client’s hopes and goals.
Selina is trained in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). She is currently training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Group Analysis. Her main therapeutic interests lie in body based approaches to trauma healing and helping individuals to understand the role of groups and collective experiences in their individual identity formation. She works within a culturally sensitive framework and holds clients multiple layers of identity in mind to work with the whole self.
Most of us will experience times in our lives when things can feel too much, and these feelings may be too overwhelming to unpack alone. It is important to have a space to process difficult thoughts and emotions, perhaps even more so during these challenging times. There are many reasons why people seek psychological support; some may have specific issues on which they want to focus, while others may be experiencing difficulties that are less easily defined. I offer therapy for a range of difficulties, and have listed them below. Please note that it is not an exhaustive list, so it may help you to contact me through BRP to discuss your particular needs.
I understand that it can be daunting to take the decision to trust someone with the parts of you that may feel fragile or shameful. My role is to hold a containing, compassionate space where we can explore your emotional experiences and relational patterns. I am trained in a range of therapeutic models including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-Centred Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. I work within the traditional CBT framework as well as third-wave CBT approaches such as Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Mindfulness. The way I work is integrative. This means I often draw from a range of therapeutic approaches when required, to meet each client’s individual needs. I believe that one of the most important and transformative aspects of my work is the therapeutic relationship with the person sitting opposite me – or indeed on my screen at the present! Therefore, my first aim is to provide a reflective and non-judgemental space for you to use in a way that best helps you meet your needs.
My sessions tend to be 50 minutes long, and I typically meet clients once a week. I try to foster a therapeutic relationship that nurtures the balance between support and challenge. As a practitioner I would describe my style as warm and empathic, and my objective is that you feel seen, heard, and empowered to navigate your choices.
These are some of the issues I can help with: Trauma, life transitions, abandonment, fertility, childbirth, and parenting. Bereavement through death and other forms of loss. Abuse (physical, emotional, and sexual), family conflict, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, stress or burnout (work or home), low self-esteem. This is an illustrative and not an exhaustive list.
I offer twelve years' experience in working in mental health as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. As an experienced – and more importantly, passionate – Psychotherapist, I have worked with people facing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, developmental trauma, complex trauma and human suffering, amongst many others. Identifying the primary presenting problem, formulating these difficulties and delivering evidence-based interventions is the systematic approach taken in my work.
My therapy service is inclusive, connected, and values differences between adults, adolescents, background, religion, and sexuality.
Currently, I am completing a Doctoral thesis researching the lived experiences of socially vulnerable populace, post disasters. The research explores not only the complexities of lived psychological experience post-disasters, but also the contextual subjects of race, equality and justice. I work as a Looked After Care (LAC) clinician in the NHS, which aligns my research and clinical practice, working with young people from war-torn and conflict areas. My academic work is centred around equality and working towards an anti-racist theoretical way of thinking in Psychology.
Specialist Clinical areas I treat:
Children and Adolescence
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Please note each Associate specialises in different areas and is an independent practitioner and therefore clinically responsible for their own therapeutic practice.