Our Trauma Healing Blog

Jo Corfield

Benefits Of Equine Therapy: Healing And Learning From Horses

by Penny Boreham Hopethruhorses Khiron House has a new partner, Jo Corfield’s Hopethruhorses, which is an established equine involvement facility in Oxfordshire. Residents at our Khiron House Clinic have been going and receiving benefits of equine therapy with Jo and her natural herd of eighteen horses during their stay with us. ‘Hopethruhorses’ is something of an […]

The limitless capacity of the human brain

by Penny Boreham In 1908 the psychologist and philosopher William James wrote in his classic text “The Energies of Men”:- “We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources” That was over a century ago, but since William James’ reflections countless researchers and scientists have tried to establish […]

Teenagers together

Understanding the teenage brain

by Penny Boreham Psychiatrist and author Dan Siegel’s work on the subject of understanding the teenage brain highlights beautifully that we should never assume anything about human behaviour and the psyche until we have attempted to understand it as fully as possible. It also shows us that the more we know about the teenage nervous […]


Six Harmonies Tai Chi

by Tom Gold-Blyth, Tai Chi Instructor, Khiron House An ancient principle in Tai Chi practice is the six harmonies. These comprise three external harmonies and three internal harmonies. Externally, our movements coordinate together as: shoulders with hips, elbows with knees and hands with feet. Internally, we coordinate and connect ourself as: spirit/consciousness with mind, mind with energy and energy with body. In Chinese this poetically summarises to: Yi -> Chi -> Li, which […]

Bessel Van der Kolk

EMDR In Action – Bessel Van Der Kolk And ‘Digesting’ The Imprint Of The Trauma

by Penny Boreham Putting EMDR in Action  Two weeks ago in our blog, “The beginnings of EMDR”, we explored the origins of the groundbreaking ‘Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy’ which was developed by Dr Francine Shapiro twenty seven years ago and which we use as one part of our programme at Khiron House. Over […]

Mirror Neurons

Embodied Empathy: Mirror Neurons

by Penny Boreham Non-verbal communication We are all constantly assessing, interpreting and discerning non verbal signals from each other during our every single interaction. We humans all possess this innate and highly sophisticated skill. There are of course so many facets to non verbal communication and our therapists at Khiron House are finely tuned in […]

Trauma And Sleep Disturbance: A Vicious Circle

by Penny Boreham “the innocent sleep, Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleave of care, The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, chief nourisher in life’s feast.” (Macbeth by Shakespeare) Trauma and Sleep Disturbance: a vicious circle It can seem like a vicious circle of […]

Dr Francine Shapiro

The Beginning Of EMDR Therapy

by Penny Boreham How EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) began It is always fascinating and revealing to unearth how particular therapies were developed. One of the therapies we use at Khiron House is EMDR. The purpose of this therapy (which involves alternating left-right stimulation of the brain with eye movements, sounds or taps) is to stimulate […]

Dr Jill Bolte Taylor holding a brain

Inspiration and Reflection Part Three

by Penny Boreham In this series of blogs – Inspiration and Reflection, members of staff at Khiron House are choosing and sharing the words of an inspiring thinker/writer/practitioner who has made an impact on them and encouraged them to reflect more deeply on the work they do. Today one of our practitioners, Humphrey Bacchus, who […]

A Key Relationship Between Trauma And Autonomic Nervous System

by Penny Boreham There are a multitude of highly significant reciprocal relationships going on in our bodies all the time, but there is one key and complex interaction between two branches of our nervous system that is central to how our body responds to trauma. Understanding that interaction and interplay of the relationship between trauma […]

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