Riverbank Psychology is an independent practice established by clinical psychologists Vicky Eames and Mariangels Ferrer.
The partnership is based on a shared interest in narrative therapy approaches and the wish to provide a high quality clinical psychology service that is underpinned by the strong ethical principles inherent within narrative practice.
“We aim to take a non-blaming approach which acknowledges the challenges faced by people in all walks of life, while respecting and celebrating the values, hopes, dreams and resources that people and communities bring.“ – Mariangels and Vicky
Vicky and Mariangels were introduced to each other by a well known teacher and practitioner of narrative therapy and community work, David Denborough (Co-Director of the Dulwich Centre, Australia, one of the “homes” of narrative therapy). In addition to David’s extensive work with communities to spark and/or sustain social movement and in projects that respond to racism and seek to strengthen social cohesion/inclusion; his description of our lives being “like a river” really made an impact on Vicky and Mariangels, it inspired their present collaboration.
“Building our own professional ‘riverbank’, we have been supporting each other in developing our preferred ways of working therapeutically and doing training.” – Mariangels and Vicky
Mariangels qualified as a Psychologist in 1993 in Spain and obtained the equivalence of the UK doctorate in clinical psychology by the British Psychology Society (BPS) in 2007. She is a Chartered Psychologist and registered to practice with the Health Professions Council and is also a member of the BPS and the Division of Clinical Psychology. She completed an MSc in Systemic Family Therapy from the University of Leeds and most recently completed a Masters in Narrative Therapy and Community Work from the University of Melbourne.
Mariangels has worked with individuals and families as a paediatric psychologist for the Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust. She has experience in other settings including adults, child development, in-patient, out-patient, organisations, training and with special populations such as the so-called ‘adults with personality disorder’ (having worked in a high security hospital).
Mariangels is currently working privately offering therapeutic interventions to individuals, families or groups and supervision to practitioners employed by the NHS. Her most recent specialist field of work and interest lies predominantly in the impact of medical and genetic conditions on individuals and families. She is successfully engaging Genetic Counsellors from different parts of the UK with narrative ideas through supervision and training.
“My position when I work is collaborative employing approaches that are adjusted to the needs of each of my clients. I like to be up to date with the relevant literature and continue my professional development by attending conferences and short trainings.“ – Mariangels
Since qualifying as a clinical psychologist in 1998 Vicky has gained extensive experience in service delivery and clinical leadership across a range of NHS settings within both adult and child specialisms. Vicky works independently as a practitioner psychologist as well as on a consultancy basis on behalf of Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Trust (CWP), she also holds an Honorary Research Fellowship at the University of Liverpool. Vicky is currently leading an NHS Education England workforce development innovation project in partnership with Liverpool University and CWP.
Part of Vicky’s work has included the development of a narrative resilience programme and training manual for other practitioners based upon the Team of Life narrative approach. Her clinical psychology training and experience enables her to draw upon a range of psychological therapies and frameworks for understanding people’s concerns and tailoring interventions to suit their requirements. Vicky employs strengths-based approaches including narrative therapy, solution focused therapy and third wave approaches. She also offers cognitive behaviour therapy and interpersonal therapy as well as systemic and family therapy interventions.
“As a practitioner I am passionate about working with people in ways that are empowering and enabling of them in taking their lives in preferred directions. When working with individuals, families and groups, I aim to support them to respond to life’s challenges in ways that are consistent with their values.“ – Vicky