“The strength of Room to Heal comes from the enthusiasm and dedication of the people involved.” Amy Saunders, 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. She has an MSc in Development Studies from LSE and is a qualified yoga teacher.
Roro Ratih Ambarwati (Rae)
Senior Community Support Worker
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.
Mark Fish is Room to Heal’s Founder. He is now focusing on sharing Room to Heal’s community-based learning internationally through training and capacity building. Mark has 20 years’ therapeutic experience in group therapy, mediation, clinical supervision and professional development. He has post-graduate qualifications in refugee healthcare. He is currently Senior Counsellor and Psychotherapist at the Helen Bamber Foundation.
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.
Suzie Grayburn is a Caseworker. Alongside Anna she works 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
Anna Giulia Perego is a Caseworker and Clinical Administrator. Alongside her casework role she is also responsible for processing referrals. 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.
Community Gardening Coordinator
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.