Our Team


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

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 a 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 vlogs and writes her own blog over on emmybrunner.com.

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


Beth Hawley
Administrator & Operations Assistant

Beth has worked in operations and administrative roles for the last 5 years, starting in the retail industry before becoming Programme Coordinator at the YMCA, where she supported students and provided administrative support for the YMCA team. Beth studied Social Policy and Crime at the University of Leeds, and is currently training to become an Integrative Counsellor with the Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Academy.

In her spare time, Beth enjoys travelling, cooking and escaping London to head back to Brighton (where she is from) for some freezing cold sea swimming and walks on the Sussex Downs with her greyhound.


Anita Gould
Clinical Director

Anita is an award-winning clinical lead whose work in improving mental health services received recognition by the National Audit of Psychological Therapies in 2012. An initiative organised by the Department of Health in association with the Institute of Psychiatry to assess and improve the state of mental health service nationwide.

She has over 25 years of experience in the statutory and public services working as a specialist consultant with Post Traumatic Disorders in the NHS and various charities. She has helped develop several projects providing specialised mental health services for women with experience of violence and abuse, ethnic minorities, and refugees. She has worked with a broad range of mental health conditions and is a very experienced clinician both in the public and private sectors.

With a background in anthropology and in art, Anita is interested in cultures, visiting art exhibitions, painting, gardening, travel, scuba diving and long walks, tracking through the rainforests of South East Asia and deserts of Middle East to exploring the Australian and New Zealand landscapes. She is a licensed diver and likes to explore the countries she visits on land and underwater and learn different ways in which people adapt to their environments. She hopes to take up full time writing in retirement.


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 travelling, 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.


Nadine Doran-Holder
Clinical Treatment Advisor

Nadine coordinates incoming clients as part of the clinical treatment team.
With a focus on eating disorders and holistic practice, Nadine is currently training as an integrative psychotherapist.

Before pursuing a career working in the mental health field, Nadine worked in PR and Marketing for everything from international dance companies to fashion brands. With a degree in Performing Arts and an MA in Choreography, Nadine has a great passion for dance and the patterns of movement that each of us carries through life.

A London woman through and through, Nadine loves exploring all the green spaces the city has to offer with her dog, Ronnie. A keen crafter, Nadine spends her time outside the clinic sewing, embroidering and painting.


Lisa-Ann Jones
Clinical Health & Wellbeing Coordinator

After graduating with a BSc in Psychology, Lisa proceeded to work in a counselling and psychotherapy service where she gained in-depth knowledge of different models of therapy. Lisa has significant experience in inpatient settings, particularly working with adolescents 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.


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