Our Team

Emmy Gilmour Owner and Clinical Director of The Recover ClinicEmmy Brunner
Owner and Director

Emmy founded The Recover Clinic in 2007 – she wanted to build a community that offered comprehensive treatment packages for the sufferers of trauma and eating disorders.

She dreamt of an holistic treatment model that considered the ‘whole person’ — body, mind and spirit — including all elements of lifestyle. The Recover Clinic now offers a program that embodies just this: it emphasises the therapeutic relationship and uses both conventional clinical treatment and alternative therapies.

Emmy has since founded WomanToWoman, a charity that promotes an empowered community of women that support one another through talk, action and mentorship. She also co-hosts a regular podcast called WomanTown which shares the stories and experiences of inspiring women from all walks and all parts of the world.

A die-hard Bruce Springsteen fan, Emmy lives in Brighton with her husband, daughter and her many animals. She loves sushi, all things French and has a penchant for hats.

kate pic Kate Sumner
Operations Director

With more than 10 years’ experience in customer service and administration, Kate is the perfect person to manage the day-to-day running of the clinics, support the clinical teams, and make sure our clients receive the best possible care in a calm, welcoming environment.

She has a “hands on” approach to managing the clinics and enjoys getting to know each of the clients individually.

Kate trained in Nutritional Therapy at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with a view to working with clients with eating disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

Often found singing along to power ballads (and therefore not allowed to get her hands on the clinic playlist), Kate loves nothing better than leafing through a cookbook for yummy inspiration, and is happiest when wearing wellies and sleeping in a tent.

Ellie Parkins
Treatment Advisor & Communications

Ellie coordinates incoming clients and manages social media, the website and any other communications-related activity!

Prior to the Clinic, Ellie worked in a global strategic communications agency for notable technology clients. Over time she felt a yearning to work in mental health, with a particular interest in helping people receive the right treatment for them.

Ellie lives in East London with her boyfriend and ginger cat called Couscous. Outside the clinic, she likes to explore London, finding quirky places to eat and drink with friends.

Eva Koumpli
Clinical Director

Eva is a UKCP accredited group and individual psychodrama psychotherapist. With extensive experience of working in numerous mental health organisations, NHS hospitals, prisons and 12 step addiction treatment programmes, Eva has developed an integrative approach to the treatment of eating disorders.

Considering the therapeutic relationship central to her work, she aims to help her clients make tangible changes in their way of being, in relation to themselves, others and their wider world. Eva brings warmth, creativity and spontaneity to her work, with the aim to engage her clients in their own process of discovering their personal creativity, spontaneity and potential.

Drawing on her previous career as a Personal Trainer and SEN P.E. Teacher, she approaches her clients’ emotional difficulties in the context of the body/mind as a whole system. She is a passionate advocate of and teacher of Mindfulness meditation.

When she is not at work, Eva can be found in art galleries, jazz gigs, dancing or running in parks. She loves to climb mountains or go camping, no matter what the weather is like.

Kate Snowden
Dance Movement Psychotherapist

Kate is an integrative psychotherapist/counsellor and registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist. Although her approach is strongly influenced by her psychodynamic training, she integrates a variety of approaches in her work according to her clients’ presenting needs. She always seeks to create a safe space for clients to explore and challenge unhelpful or destructive beliefs and behaviours, often through facilitating an understanding of their roots and causes.

Kate has worked extensively with eating disorders and is committed to a holistic and creative approach to recovery. She has worked in a variety of different settings including schools, private practice, an NHS forensic hospital and centres for female ex-offenders, survivors of domestic violence and women trafficked for sexual exploitation.

Prior to training as a therapist, Kate spent 10 years as a professional ballet dancer and enjoys London’s creative arts scene although she is equally happy escaping the city for the Norfolk coast. 

Anastasia Foulouli
Dance Movement Psychotherapist

Anastasia is an ADMP (Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy) UK accredited Dance Movement Psychotherapist, also trained in Gestalt psychotherapy. She has extensive experience working in different settings with adults who have experienced trauma and suffer from mental health issues, as well as with children and adolescents with learning, social and behavioural difficulties.

As a ballet and contemporary dancer herself, Anastasia believes in the power of dance as a way to explore creativity and express oneself. Through creativity, play and movement, she wishes to engender therapeutic growth in her clients. And by inviting them to be embodied individuals, she hopes to increase their ability to trust both their mind and body, find their inner self, and gain a better self-awareness.

When she is not working, Anastasia enjoys dancing, yoga, long walks and picnics in the park with friends, and watching physical theatre and dance performances.

Dafni Antonarou
Arts Psychotherapist

Dafni is a BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists) and HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registered art therapist. Dafni is psychodynamically orientated, and her practice incorporates mindfulness and mentalization based therapy techniques. Her work employs the benefits of self-expression through the use of art materials thereby encouraging playfulness and spontaneity – this can be tailored to accommodate each person’s needs, individuality and therapeutic goals.

Dafni has over 8 years of experience working with children and adults with complex needs. She has worked in mainstream and SEN (special education needs) schools, as both an art therapist and teaching assistant. She possesses a thorough grasp of the pressures imposed on children at an early age. This, alongside her experience with adult mental health within the NHS, has encouraged her to be as adaptable and open-minded as possible with her practice.

Outside her work at The Recover Clinic, Dafni supports research projects such as the Horizons initiative funded by the NHS, which examines the psychotherapeutic benefits of art therapy. In her spare time, she likes traveling, reading, watching movies, visiting galleries and spending time with her friends.

Romy Wakil
Psychodynamic Therapist

Romy is a qualified Psychodynamic Therapist. She is a firm advocate for the importance of mental health and has a profound interest in trauma. She strongly believes in the healing nature of the therapeutic alliance, and that clients are the experts of their own experience. Romy views the therapeutic relationship as a reflective space which involves embracing the diversity and uniqueness of each individual through empathy, transparency and acceptance. She views recovery as a journey of meaning-making in the effort to achieve one’s full potential.
Romy holds an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy and an MA in Psychology. She has worked as a tri-lingual therapist (English, Arabic, French) within various mental health services –a counselling centre, university, NGO, and a supported housing unit- in both the UK and Cyprus. 
Outside her work at The Recover Clinic, Romy advocates for human rights, attends live music gigs, spends ample amounts of time with her friends and is often found travelling when on holiday – usually to a warm country!

Marissa-Catherine Carrarini
Nutritional Therapist

Marissa is a naturopathic nutritional therapist. This means that she works with food and lifestyle to help people to be the most well they can be. Marissa passionately believes that everyone has a way of eating that is right for their happiness and wellbeing. It is her job to help clients to explore and discover it.

Before studying nutrition, Marissa was a journalist working for glossy magazines and ethical publications. She studied Philosophy at university, did a masters in Modern Literature and Culture, and adores poetry. Marissa lives in central London with her husband and son. She really enjoys busy, hectic London life and finds her peace doing gentle yoga and talking to dear friends.

Marissa loves films, period dramas, comedy, lipsticks, farmers markets, coffee and cocktails.

Kaysha Thomas
Nutritional Therapist 

Kaysha is a British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) registered Nutritional Therapist. Since graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in 2010, Kaysha has worked in a number of corporate and private nutrition roles. In 2015, Kaysha decided to further develop her skill-set by training as a Pilates Instructor and now helps clients regain their health through movement as well as healthy eating.

When it comes to nutrition, Kaysha believes that everyone is unique and that this is echoed in their food choices and lifestyle choices.

Outside of work, Kaysha enjoys mid-distance running, writing and being a tourist in her own city, London.

Lisa-Anne Jones
Clinic Healthcare Coordinator

After graduating with a BSc in Psychology, Lisa proceeded to work in a counselling and psychotherapy service where she gained in-depth knowledge around different models of therapy. Lisa has significant experience in inpatient settings, particularly working with adolescence with mental health disorders. She is currently studying for an MSc in Health Psychology and volunteering with West London Mental Health Smokefree Services.

Outside the clinic, her hobbies include baking and reading. She also enjoys travelling abroad and often writes poetry.

Lydia Ball
Clinical Care Coordinator

Lydia assists with the day-to-day administration of the clinic and coordination of incoming clients.

Lydia has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, and particularly enjoyed modules focusing on the behavioural and neurobiological underpinnings of eating disorders.

She hopes to continue her career in mental health, and is a big advocate of meditation, body positivity and empowering women. When she’s not at work Lydia enjoys travelling abroad, photography, eating out and drinking coffee.

Abigail England
Reflexologist and Mindfulness Coach 

abi picAbi uses the physical massage techniques of foot Reflexology to help restore balance and harmony in the body systems and in the mind. She brings a caring, intuitive and mindful approach, and can also be found leading Meditation groups and Mindful Eating groups (and individual sessions) in the clinic and in local café’s.

Abi has a BSc (Hons) in Zoology, Diploma in Reflexology (MAR registered), and is currently training in body massage to specialise in abdominal sacral massage for improved digestion and fertility. She has more than 2 years experience working closely with eating disordered clients.

Before discovering her destiny as an alternative therapist, Abi was a zoologist working in Natural History TV and also lived in Spain for 5 years… olé! She is a bit of a science geek, loves yoga (but can’t touch her toes), adores snowy peaks (and plummeting down them), and would love to have space for her potter’s wheel and a kiln in her West London home.

Sarah Barfoot
MSTAT The Alexander Technique

Sarah is a member of The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique. She considers the technique to be the ultimate self-help skill and teaches one-to-one private lessons and runs group workshops on request.

The technique is a re-educational process that has many therapeutic values: it can help a person to break out of old, unhelpful patterns of movement and behaviour and restore their natural, poise, balance, and equilibrium. Sometimes referred to as embodied mindfulness, pupils often remark that they feel freer and lighter after a lesson with a sense of heightened conscious awareness. It is especially helpful for anxiety and stress related conditions, improving posture and alignment, muscle tension and stiffness and back/ shoulder pain.

Sarah is a pioneer in her field currently writing an MA programme with Rose Bruford specialising in applying The Alexander Technique to The Performing Arts. She has a BA in Fashion Communication from Central Saint Martins and Diplomas in both Art and Acting. She has recently completed a course in Transcendental Meditation.

In her spare time, Sarah is an avid reader, loves sea-swimming and going to the theatre. She lives in Brighton with her twelve-year old daughter, Edie, and their little dog Slim Shadie.

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