Khiron House has a strong clinical and administrative team led by an Advisory Board of experienced professionals
Dr Janina Fisher – Director of Psychological Services and Clinical Director
Dr. Janina Fisher has become an internationally known speaker and writer in the field of trauma treatment. After post-doctoral training with Dr. Judith Herman in 1990, she become an Instructor at Bessel van der Kolk’s research and treatment centre in 1995. At that time, Dr. van der Kolk was actively pursuing research and theory that would explain the persistence of trauma responses as a physiological reaction driven by the brain and nervous system. Dr. Fisher soon became known in the EMDR world for her trauma expertise and by 2003, she began training therapists in the use of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a body-centered talking therapy for the treatment of trauma as a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. In 2003, she published her first book, “Psychoeducational Aids for Treating Psychological Trauma,” depicting the symptoms, causes and neurobiological effects of trauma in simple diagrams that clients could understand.
In the past ten years, Dr. Fisher has become known for providing training in trauma-informed care to therapists, institutions and programs, and even states and governments. She is a consultant to the US states of Massachusetts and California, helped draft a policy statement on trauma treatment submitted to the government of Australia, has developed a model Trauma-informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) to address trauma-related self-destructive urges, suicidal ideation, and addictive behaviour, and has led a successful project implementing TIST at Connecticut Valley Hospital. She is the co-author (with Pat Ogden) of the book, “Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment” due out in June 2015 and author of the forthcoming book, “Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors,” planned for 2016. Janina is Khiron House’s Director of Psychological Services, Clinical Director and a member of our Advisory Board. For more information about Dr. Fisher visit www.janinafisher.com.
Professor Rex Haigh – Medical Director
Professor Rex Haigh is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrist and an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist who has been fascinated by therapeutic communities since learning his psychiatry in one, as an Oxford medical student. His professional background is general practice, psychiatry, psychotherapy and group analysis. He has been an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist since 1994 and worked with the Department of Health as Clinical Advisor for the National Personality Disorder Programme
Rex is the Honorary Professor of Therapeutic Environments and Relational Health in Nottingham University’s School of Sociology and Social Policy and leads the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Enabling Environments project. He is the chair of The Growing Better Lives social enterprise, which won the Royal College of Psychiatrists 2014 Sustainability Award, and is part of the Institute of Mental Health’s Social Futures Centre as an Integrated Research Group. Rex is the Medical Director of Khiron House and a member of our Advisory Board.
Mary MacCallum Sullivan
Mary is an senior UK psychotherapist, registered with the UKCP and a COSCA accredited trainer, who specialises in organisational dynamics in the field of talking therapy. She is a former Acting Academic Head of the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology at Regent’s College and a former Honorary Secretary of the UKCP. She is an expert in the organisational frame in mental health and supervises Khiron House’s overall frame management and development and a member of our Advisory Board.
Maren is an American Sensorimotor Psychotherapist, with a background in Addictions Treatment, Eating Disorders, Dissociative Disorders, PTSD, and Attachment-related injuries. She has her M.S. in Clinical and Counselling Psychology and a B.A. in Theatre. Maren has previously worked at many clinics in the United States as a Primary Therapist and Program Director. She strives to deliver a personalized, hybrid approach to therapy, utilizing and drawing from: IFS, Sensorimotor and Somatic therapies, Mindfulness, the Comprehensive Resource Model, Psychodrama, Theatre, animals, play, and Structural Dissociation. In Los Angeles, she created a trauma-informed Wolf Therapy program for Adults, which used the power of connection with others and self to facilitate healing. Maren is Clinical Lead at Khiron House residential clinic.
Building on more than twenty-five years experience in the health and wellness field, Pamarie has a Master of Arts in Holistic Counseling and has trained been trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and EMDR. She has also completed trainings in Mindfulness, Attachment Theory, Expressive Arts, AEDP and other new approaches to psychotherapy. Before coming to Khiron House, Pamarie worked with victims of violent crimes, in school settings, and substance abuse treatment. In her private practice, Pamarie worked with teens and university students, individuals, families, and couples and led expressive arts groups and groups for survivors of sexual abuse. She believes we all have an innate desire and ability to heal and grow, and she encourages creativity throughout the healing process.
Prahlad Ilex Galbiati
Prahlad is a Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist and a Somatic Experiencing practitioner. Drawing from his background in spiritual development, meditation an orientation to wholeness are an intrinsic aspect of his work. Over the last twelve years he has supported people with a variety of conditions including chronic disease, abuse, addiction and terminal illness. He is registered with the Craniosacral Association and works at both Khiron House clinics.
Gilly comes with years of experience as a neurobiologically informed trauma therapist built on an integrative counselling degree designed to be tailored to individual journeys of healing and to withstand developments from new research. Gilly’s background is in working with ‘big T’ and multiple ‘small t’ trauma and the associated symptoms ranging across the spectrum from disordered eating habits and substance abuse, self-destructive behaviour, debilitating thoughts and emotions, developmental and relational issues to those attracting labels like PTSD, dissociation and borderline personality disorders. Gilly also has a special interest in the role of understanding the relationship and resolving ruptures with our spiritual connection as part of the healing journey.
Luciana is a Somatic Experiencing practitioner and a psychotherapist. She has a Masters Degree in Jungian Psychodynamic Psychology and training in Parent-Infant Psychotherapy. She specialises in developmental trauma and its impact in adult life, and aims to integrate the recent neurobiological research regarding trauma and emotions in her work. She draws on a variety of approaches and is passionate about integrating mindfulness and body based therapy to further our healing process. As well as her practice with adults she also works with parents and infants, some of the time in this field spent working at Northwick Park Hospital and at Kids Company.
Tracy Jarvis is a UKCP registered psychotherapist with a special interest in trauma and PTSD. She is passionate about psychotherapy, specifically the treatment vs relationship debate with regard to trauma in the profession. More widely, Tracy is interested in bettering standards and the provision of mental health in the UK. She is also the Founder and Director of Psychotherapy Excellence, the national portal for CPD and training information.
Paula Biles is both a certified Sensorimotor and a certified Internal Family Systems therapist, EMDR practitioner and integrative psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor. She is a registered member of both the UKCP and BACP and works in our outpatient clinic. She has worked with anxiety and depression in traumatised clients for over twelve years in a variety of settings. She has a wide range of knowledge and experience in working with complex (developmental) PTSD and incident trauma, attachment and dissociative disorders in both adults and young people. She is interested in integrating new approaches and neurobiological advances into therapeutic treatment.
Vijay is a psychotherapist an accredited MBACP member of the BACP, a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, SHEN bodyworker and teaches Focusing in higher education. He has over ten years’ experience in the healing field and has a passion for body-oriented therapies, specialising in emotional processing and the resolution of severe trauma. He works Khiron House outpatient treatment in London.
Aleka has worked as a dramatherapist and dance movement psychotherapist in education, social services and NHS Forensic Services. She is currently employed by the NHS in Acute and Community Mental Health Services and also with the National Specialist Service for Personality Disorders. Aleka teaches on the MA in Drama and Movement therapy training in London and also guest lectures nationally and internationally. Aleka has been actively promoting an embodied approach to therapy drawing on her clinical work, research and specialist training in the treatment of trauma.
Philippa is a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor with over twenty years’ experience. Her original training in Integrative Psychotherapy was at the Metanoia Institute in London. She is a Senior Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist with BACP and registered with UKCP. Philippa has been immersed in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the last three years and has co-developed a listening service for migrants at a project at St Martin-in-the Fields in Central London, drawing on sensorimotor thinking.
Tom teaches Tai Chi, and, with 20 years of practice, is an ‘inner circle’ student of Master San Gee Tam and a leader in the Golden Flower School. The deep knowledge passing to him is the synthesis of lineage Tai Chi from renown Masters. He teaches Tai Chi as a method developing of physical ability, energy and spiritual insight. Having studied Standing Qigong through ongoing daily practice for 15 years, he practices a variety of Forms, Exercises, Meditations, Breathing and most importantly Being Here Now! He aims to inspire people on their path of growth.
Anita is a yoga therapist, cranial sacral therapist and holds a B.A Hons in adult nursing. She has over 25 years experience of yoga practice. Over that time she has worked in a variety of health settings and has developed a gentle and integrated approach that allows an accessible way in to the practice of yoga. Through individualised support Anita offers skills in mindful movement and breath practices that help regulate the nervous system supporting the body’s inherent capacity to release and heal the effects of trauma. Considered a leader in her field, she is a consultant in Mindful Movement at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and teaches Masterclasses to clinicians and teachers of Mindfulness.
Jo is an Equine involvement therapist and the founder of Hopethruhorses. She has an extensive knowledge of the healing relationship that exists between horse and human, having trained, researched and studied the subject in depth for more than ten years. Jo uses an energetic and somatic approach, combining the horses’ natural ability to regulate and balance the nervous system with mindfulness, hypnotherapy and body work. Jo treats her clients in the therapeutic company of her herd of 19 horses and ponies and is the Khiron House equine therapist.
Sadia Hussein is the Support Worker over the weekends for our residential clinic based in Oxford. Sadia has been a trained and Qualified support worker for 2 years and has a BSc in Ethnicity and Human Rights, Combined Honours. Sadia has experience working with venerable adults and brings a gentle and kind approach to Khiron House.
Dr Umesh Wadhavani
Dr Wadhavani is a Trauma Sensitive Fitness Trainer working alongside therapists at Khiron House. After studying medicine, he went on to complete a Master’s degree in Health and Social Care Management in England, where he also completed a Level 3 Certification in Personal Training and a Nutrition Advisors course. Over the last few years he has worked at our residential clinic in Oxfordshire assisting clients who have varying degrees of physical and emotional trauma. Dr Wadhavani has considerable skills and knowledge in applying the principles of fitness to assist clients in their healing process. With a genuine interest in helping and motivating people, he is dedicated and committed to use his experience and knowledge to reach out and make a difference.
Romana Akram is the Operations Director, responsible for running both the residential and outpatient clinics. She is based at the residential clinic. Prior to joining the Khiron House team she worked in a residential setting, caring for the elderly, and then she joined a publishing firm as a business systems coordinator. Romana has a special interest in implementing new procedures to maximise efficiency and is studying for an MBA.
Angela Bent is the Intake Manager responsible for intake and the administration of our out-patient clinic. Angela has also worked for the clinic on a part time basis as a support worker for approximately two years. Angela was born in Africa and emigrated to the UK in 2003. She started her career as a Legal Secretary in Zimbabwe and continued to work in the legal field in the UK for some twelve years and has recently qualified as a Paralegal.
Debbie is the House Manager at the residential clinic. She has previously worked within a variety of support services for children and young people as an outreach worker. Debbie is also experienced in using art as a therapeutic tool to support individuals who have experienced domestic abuse. She is a qualified holistic therapist and practices in Swedish Massage and Indian Head massage.
Kathryn Pinfold is the Operations Assistant for our residential clinic based in Oxford. Kathryn has had previous experience as an Events and Conference Organiser and eight years’ experience as a qualified dispenser. She has a keen interest in mental health and well-being and enjoys mindfulness and reading.
Steven is a skilled gardener with 7 years experience in maintaining private gardens and estate land. He has built his business on a passion for being outside and a commitment to the year round demands of larger gardens, caring for everything within the grounds from the trees down to the grass and everything in-between.
Benjamin is a psychotherapist, accredited by the BACP, who contributes to the media in the UK and is politically active in lobbying for better access to better treatment for all sections of society, working with the Centre for Social Justice and through his own social enterprise Get Stable. He set up Khiron House after experiencing a serious mental illness and getting no effective treatment for it in the UK.