About Us

Richard Palmer - Founder and Clinical Lead

Hi, I’m Richard and I am the proud founder of The Eating Disorder Recovery Clinic. My passion for helping people recover from eating disorders comes from both my personal lived experience and witnessing the challenges faced by those close to me.

I firmly believe that recovery is possible for everyone. My approach is centered around individualised care, I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. I combine evidence-based treatments with a tailored therapy style that suits each client’s unique needs.

I value honesty and authenticity in my practice. It is crucial for me to create a safe and trusting environment where clients can be open and feel genuinely supported throughout their recovery journey.

LeeAnn Matthews - Specialist Therapist (Adults)

I’m LeeAnn, an experienced therapist with a strong focus on supporting individuals dealing with eating disorders. My motivation to specialise in this area stems from personal experiences, as I have witnessed the struggles of loved ones in their relationship with food. Additionally, I spent valuable time volunteering on the helpline for Somerset and Avon Rape & Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS). This experience heightened my awareness of how food can be used as a coping mechanism for managing difficult emotions. It sparked my curiosity and deepened my knowledge of eating disorders and their connection to traumatic life events.

I provide a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals to explore their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors surrounding food and body image. Through a collaborative and personalised approach, I empower individuals to develop healthier coping mechanisms, rebuild their relationship with food, and achieve a more balanced and fulfilling life.

As a dedicated therapist, I am committed to ongoing professional development and staying up to date with the latest research and therapeutic techniques in the field of eating disorders. By combining my training, practical experience, and genuine compassion, I aim to make a positive impact on the lives of those I work with.

I look forward to joining you on your journey towards healing and supporting you in developing a healthier relationship with food and yourself. Together, we can navigate the challenges and unlock the potential for lasting transformation.

Maria Vellanz - Specialist Therapist (Adults)

Hi I’m Maria, an eating disorder specialist therapist.

Eating disorders are complex, isolating and consuming illnesses that no one should endure alone.

Having personally navigated my own path to recovery, I understand the significance of having the right support system. It can truly make an incredible difference. I firmly believe that no one should face these struggles alone.

Each individual’s journey with eating disorders is different – and so each and every client has specialised support tailored especially for them. I believe in openness, respect and trust, and making therapeutic, working relationships that are both collaborative and safe..

Tiluka Bhanderi - Specialist Dietitian

Hi I’m Tiluka, a registered dietitian specialising in eating disorders and disordered eating.

I am also a qualified yoga teacher and use somatic healing techniques, mindfulness and guided meditations to help clients reconnect with their bodies. 

Alongside working for The Eating Disorder Recovery Clinic, I also work in the NHS and an eating disorder charity where I deliver workshops and see clients on a one-to-one basis. 

I believe in meeting clients where they’re at and discussing achievable steps to help reach their goals.

I have a special interest in eating disorders and disordered eating in South Asian women and I’m passionate about encouraging voices from ethnic minorities to be heard.

Amanda Brooke-Webb - Specialist Therapist (Children and Teenagers)

Hi, I’m Amanda, I am a qualified therapist with a specialism in eating disorders and working with children and young people. I am passionate about supporting the mental health of young people and children. I provide a safe place and essential support for a child or young person living with an eating disorder so that they recover and develop a healthy relationship with their body and food to live a happy life where they can be their true unique self.

This passion for supporting children and young people is driven by more than 20 years’ experience as a teacher. Children’s mental health is clearly a huge issue today and there has been a sharp increase in the number of children and young people with eating disorders. I have had first-hand experience of this through many years in the classroom and this is the area I feel I am best placed to help with. Being a teacher has given me invaluable knowledge of children and young people’s development and insight in how to work with them in a compassionate and creative way. I have worked with a wide range of children with varying backgrounds, cultures and needs including ASD (autism spectrum disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and SEMH (social, emotional, and mental health needs).

I believe that through therapy, children and young people can find their voice, their safe space and support to navigate and achieve a healthier life of their choice. My aim is to help them develop healthier coping mechanisms, improved self-esteem, resilience, confidence, a happier future where their mental health is stronger as a result. All young people and children deserve to be heard, supported and to blossom whatever their needs or situation.

 

Molly - Trainee Therapy Dog

This is Molly, our trainee therapy dog. She is a young border terrier who has an amazing personality and has proven herself to be fantastic with clients (even if she is a bit too overexcited the first time she meets someone!)

Molly usually comes into the clinic once a week and joins Richard and his clients. Molly loves a good belly rub and is known for going to sleep on clients or resting her head on their lap if they’re upset.

Molly’s hobbies include walks, playing fetch, digging and trying to make friends with everyone she meets.