“The strength of Room to Heal comes from the enthusiasm and dedication of the people involved.” Amy Saunders, UK Programme Officer, Comic Relief


Elli Free is the Director of Room to Heal. She has 20 years’ experience in the refugee and asylum sector, managing refugee projects and teams, and working as a legal immigration adviser. Elli has worked at Bail for Immigration Detainees, Save the Children, Refugee Legal Centre, Refugee Council and, most recently, The Children’s Society. Earlier in her career, she worked in international development, supporting ActionAid’s programmes in Africa and Asia, before going to live and work in India and Vietnam. Elli has an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a qualified yoga teacher.

Mark Fish is Room to Heal’s Founder. He is a Counsellor and Psychotherapist with post-graduate qualifications in refugee healthcare and an MSc Violence, Conflict and Development. He has 20 years’ therapeutic experience in group therapy, mediation, clinical supervision and professional development. Mark worked as Country Representative for Quaker Peace and Social Witness in the conflict zone in Northern Uganda (2002-04) and subsequently as a volunteer group facilitator at The Medical Foundation (now called Freedom from Torture). He is currently Senior Counsellor and Psychotherapist at the Helen Bamber Foundation.

Chloe Davies is Head of Development and Fundraising and a Psychotherapist at Room to Heal. She previously worked at legal charity Reprieve, coordinating rehabilitation projects for former prisoners from Guantanamo Bay and Death Row. She holds an advanced diploma  and MA in integrative psychotherapy from the Minster Centre.

Roro Ratih Ambarwati (Rae) is our Senior Community Support Worker, and has co-facilitated the support groups since 2009. Rae has qualifications in psychology and therapeutic group-work, and has worked at Room to Heal since its beginning.

Kirstin Hubert is a Psychotherapist at Room to Heal, currently co-facilitating a mixed group with Theresa Ryan-Enright. She is a psychodrama psychotherapist and has worked in private and public healthcare for 15 years, including within a therapeutic community. Kirstin is registered with the UKCP and the BPA.

Theresa Ryan-Enright is a group therapist at Room to Heal, co-facilitating a mixed group with Kirstin Hubert. She has a Masters in Clinical and Community Psychology and has worked with survivors of human rights abuse in Melbourne, Australia and in London with the Helen Bamber Foundation. Alongside her role at Room to Heal, she facilitates support groups and a mindfulness group in the NHS, and with the charity Mind.

Emily White is a Group Therapist at Room to Heal. She has a diverse background within the refugee sector and previously worked at Refugee Council, Refugee Action, Bail for Immigration Detainees and the Helen Bamber Foundation. Emily holds a postgraduate diploma in Transactional Analysis (TA) Psychotherapeutic Counselling and is in her seventh year of an MSc in TA Psychotherapy.

Iman Nafi is our Casework Coordinator. She works with Suzie to address the practical problems faced by our members. She previously worked at the Council for At-Risk Academics and has a MA in Middle Eastern History from SOAS.

Suzie Grayburn is part of our casework team and works alongside Iman to support the members with the practical issues that they face on a day-to-day basis. She has volunteered for a number of years with asylum seekers and refugees in a range of organisations including Student Action for Refugees and Islington Law Centre.

Anna Giulia Perego is our Clinical Administrator. She is responsible for processing referrals and the many administrative tasks which help to keep Room to Heal running smoothly. Anna has volunteered with several organisations that support and act in solidarity with asylum seekers and refugees, and has been involved with various initiatives promoting the rights of those being held in immigration detention.

Martha Orbach is our Community Gardening Coordinator. Her facilitation of our weekly gardening group at the Culpeper Community Garden provides a tranquil healing space for our members.

Imogen Butler is our Finance Officer. She has worked with a number of small businesses in organising and structuring their finances. She also has a degree in Swahili and Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies.



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