Our Team

Emmy 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, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, anxiety, depression and personality 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.

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. 

For more from Emmy, visit emmybrunner.com or click here to follow her on Instagram.

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.

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.

Isabella Osmond

Clinical Support Worker

Isabella is a firm believer in a holistic approach to health and enjoys supporting individuals through their recovery. She strongly believes that when it comes to nutrition, no one size fits all!

Having graduated with a BSc in Drama and with a background in marketing, Isabella realised that nutrition was her true passion so began her training in Nutritional Therapy at CNM. Isabella joined The Recover Clinic as clinical support worker so she could develop her understanding and passion for nutrition in eating disorders.

Outside of work, Isabella loves catching up with friends and being outdoors in the countryside and fresh-air. She is also the proud owner of Mimi, aka ‘sassy babs’, her super sassy, fluffy cat who she adopted in 2018.

Aleks Vrcelji

Clinical Support Worker

Aleks started her professional career in the Financial Services sector in New York City, where she earned her CFA designation. After five incredibly forming years, she decided to move back to Europe and explore a career in mental health. Aleks believes in the power of coaching as an effective source of guidance and support for reaching treatment goals and has completed the necessary training at The Carolyn Costin Insitute to begin the supervision process. She is currently a CCI approved intern. 

Aleks is on her way to starting a Yoga Teachers Training and hopes that in her role of teacher she can inspire students to grow, challenging them when appropriate, and ultimately creating a safe and supportive space for them to participate and explore their own practice. 

Outside of work, Aleks enjoys writing, connecting with friends and has a penchant for encouraging those around her to explore “Soul moments”. Aleks’ ultimate Soul Moment is sitting in a square, in a small town, with friends – old and new – at around 6pm, when the sun is gentle on the skin, engaging in meaningful conversations, while improvised music plays in the distant back. Oh – also, her Soul Moments almost always involve some form of dark chocolate. 

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.

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.

Becky Burnett

Dramatherapist

Becky is a HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registered dramatherapist and is a full member of BADth (The British Association of Dramatherapists). Dramatherapy is a type of psychological therapy that uses different creative mediums including enactments, stories, myths, movement, play and many more to encourage and support growth, healing and transformation. Trained in the Sesame approach to dramatherapy, Becky underpins her practice with Jungian theory and provides a space for potential unconscious material to be realised and explored. 

Before studying as a dramatherapist, Becky trained as an actor and spent time touring with Solomon Theatre Company as well as preforming in a variety of stage productions. Becky still keeps her connection to the theatre through attending shows in her spare time and uses these experiences to further her practice as a dramatherapist. 

Becky enjoys different creative activities in her spare time, searching for bargains in the many markets and charity shops of London, spending time with her friends and family and dancing!

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.

Robina Wilson

Movement Psychotherapist

Robina views the body as a vital source of wisdom which holds each individual’s life story. She recognises that meaningful self-discovery and personal growth is possible when the mind and body are accessed together in psychotherapy through verbal and creative self-expression as well as embodied awareness. As an advocate for working with the mind-body continuum, Robina has experienced how an embodied approach to therapy can affect the whole functioning of an individual by enabling clients to invite change through experimenting with new ways of being. She believes that central to the healing process is the co-creation of a trusting therapeutic relationship. For this reason she is committed to creating a safe, welcoming and sensitive therapeutic environment in which each individual is accompanied through their journey of recovery and personal growth.

Robina is an experienced Movement Psychotherapist and a registered professional member of the national accrediting body; Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP UK). She has worked with diverse client groups in a variety of settings including psychiatric services, the NHS, private and charity sector. Originally from France and having lived in the Middle East; Robina has a particular interest in questions around identity, diversity and body politics.

Come rain or shine, Robina loves exploring the countryside with her hound! A DIY enthusiast, she enjoys learning new skills and crafts. She has a budding interest in horticulture, is an avid podcast listener and Radio 4 Women’s Hour fan.

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.

Caroline Jench

Therapist

Caroline is a firm believer that every person has the right to self-determination, responsibility for themselves and the freedom to make choices that will be true to who they are. After graduating from university with an MA in Clinical Psychology, she went on to train as a Gestalt Psychotherapist and is a member of the UKAGP (United Kingdom Association for Gestalt Practitioners), the EAGT (European Association for Gestalt Psychotherapy) and the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). She has worked with children and adults struggling with mental health issues in various settings, in the UK and abroad.

In her work, she is committed to creating a safe environment in which her clients can develop a greater awareness of their body, emotions and mind and thus experience a more conscious way of being present. Caroline feels very strongly about the therapeutic process as being one created by both the therapist and the client; where two people meet as equals, in an atmosphere of acceptance and mutual respect, creating the foundation of what can develop into a relationship in which the client can explore their past, experiment with and experience new behaviours.

Growing up in a pet friendly home, she has always had a great love for animals and up until recently has had pets of her own – mainly dogs with which she would enjoy going for walks and playing in the park.

These days, after work, she tests her talents as an amateur chef/baker and despite not being able to successfully bake an edible pastry, she continues to try. She loves travelling and whenever she can, she tries to get away from the city and into nature.

Rebecca Viner

Marketing Manager

Rebecca has over 10 years experience in Marketing, specialising in social media and community management. Her portfolio includes clients across a variety of industries including retail, food & drink, health & wellbeing, pharmaceuticals, life coaching, education, travel, music, weddings & events.

Having worked as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant and experienced her own struggles with mental health, Rebecca is extremely passionate about educating and inspiring online, in particular making social media platforms and blogs a more positive and healthy space for our minds.

In her spare time, she likes walking her 2 dogs, reading, swimming, watching musical theatre (her favourite show is Jersey Boys) and seeing Michael Bublé live (4x so far)!

Megan Matthews

Communications Manager

Megan brings more than seventeen years of creating and disseminating Brand stories for her clients as a PR and marketing communications executive in Toronto, New York and London.

With experience in the consumer packaged goods, luxury and mass fashion, retail, beauty, food and beverage and travel sectors, she carries a keen understanding of how to deliver integrated comms programs.

A long time lover of ‘off-the-beaten’ path travel, Megan’s global curiosity brought her to her husband Andy, an Australian, with whom they now have a young daughter and reside in Southwest London.

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