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"Comfort dogs" in Newton, Connecticut

Dogs and Mental Health

by Penny Boreham About two and a half years ago, immediately after the shooting at an American primary school in Newton, Connecticut, a group of therapy dogs was brought to the town. They spent their time in the community- visiting schools, churches and activity centers, and also private homes. Twenty children and six adults had […]


The Concept of Resilience – A Sense Of Coherence

By Penny Boreham Resilience “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again”  Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela has become a symbol for the concept of resilience, embodying so many of the traits that we now recognise we need to foster in our young […]

John Bowlby (1907-1990)

The Origins of Attachment Theory: John Bowlby

by Penny Boreham Our Friends at The Philosopher’s Mail We came across this article in The Philosopher’s Mail and wanted to share it with you. The philosopher and writer, Alain de Botton, explores the extraordinary influence of the psychoanalyst, John Bowlby, whose ground breaking ideas led to a new perception about ‘attachment’ and how our early experiences of relationship continue […]

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Living in the Breath: An Essential Tool for Recovery

by Penny Boreham “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath” (Amit Ray) “When the breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the breath is still, so is the mind still” (Hatha Yoga Pradipika, 15th century) Revitalising the Body and Grounding the Mind The connection between […]

Yoga and Trauma Treatment: Learning to Reinhabit your Body

by Penny Boreham Bessel van der Kolk and Yoga “If you are traumatized, being in silence is often terrifying. Memory of trauma is stored, so when you are stilled, demons come out. Those with PTSD should first learn to regulate their physiology with breath, postures and relaxation and work toward meditation.” (Bessel van der Kolk) […]

Telling My Story – Extract from a Client’s Blog

We are very grateful to our client for sharing the following extracts of a blog written while in residence at Khiron House. Start of A Journey I feel like I’ve been stuck in a holding cell my whole adult life.  Neither condemned to a life sentence nor free to live my life happily and purposefully. […]

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Mindfulness Meditation For Pain Relief

by Penny Boreham Giving More Attention To Your Pain, Not Less Recent neurological studies and anecdotal evidence is increasingly pointing to something that practitioners of meditation have known for a very long time – mindfulness meditation can greatly help reduce chronic pain. When we are in pain the last thing we feel we want to do […]

Spirituality And Psychology: A New Openness?

by Penny Boreham Bringing Spirituality To The Clinical Setting “It is far more the urgent psychic problems of patients, rather than the curiosity of research workers, that have given effective impetus to the recent developments in medical psychology and psychotherapy”. C G Jung Australian academic David Tacey, Professor of Literature at La Trobe University in […]


Benefits of Equine Therapy: Healing And Learning From Horses

by Penny Boreham Hopethruhorses – Part Two “Being with horses is like seeing a reflection of our authentic inner self. The way they respond is a mirror of who we really are behind the mask. They see through to the soul and shine it back at us, clearly highlighting our deepest fears. They heal those […]

Tackling The Stigma Of Mental Illness

by Penny Boreham Removing the Stigma Of Mental Illness Mental health is no different from physical health in that early intervention is crucial. However, it is still sadly true that the stigma around mental health problems makes people reluctant to come forward and seek help. Organisations, like Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, are working hard to overturn […]

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