Our Professionals

Khiron House has a strong clinical team supported by world-class consultants and a robust corporate and clinical governance structure

Consultants

Professor Rex Haigh

Rex Haigh

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, a non-executive member of the Board of Directors, and the Chair of the Clinical Governance Board.

Dr Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel van der KolkBessel A. van der Kolk M.D. is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress. His work integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment. Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma. He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater and EMDR.

He is founder of the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, Massachusetts; past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world. His most recent 2014 New York Times Science best seller, “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma”, transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, somatically based therapies, EMDR, psychodrama, play, yoga, and other therapies. Bessel is a consultant to Khiron House.

Dr Janina Fisher

Dr Janina FisherDr. 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 the past ten years, Dr. Fisher has become known for providing training in trauma-informed care to therapists, institutions and programs. She is the co-author (with Pat Ogden) of the book, “Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment” and author of, “Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors”. Janina is a consultant to Khiron House.

Licia Sky

Licia SkyLicia Sky leads songwriting retreats for self-discovery and embodied voice. Within retreats and workshops, she guides awareness experiences for building safety, community, and therapeutic attunement. Her dynamic observational exercises integrate music, movement, vocalizing, enhanced noticing, listening, and touch, to foster safe, transformative inner and interpersonal connection. Her methods are informed by over 25 years as an artist, musician, bodywork therapist, yoga practitioner, and dancer; and integrate poly-vagal theory, parts work, and the latest research on trauma and the body. Licia is a consultant to Khiron House.

 

Clinical Team

Maren Masino

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 Acting Clinical Director of Khiron House and a member of the Board of Directors.

Prahlad Ilex Galbiati

Prahlad GalbiatiPrahlad 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.

Pamarie Pedjoe

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.

Tracy Jarvis

Tracy JarvisTracy 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

Paula BilesPaula 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 Rana

vijayVijay 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 Loutsis

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. Aleka is accredited by BADth, HCPC, ADMP and UKCP.

Philippa Smethurst

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.

Luciana Fondaras

Luciana FondarasLuciana 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.

Tom Gold-Blyth

Tom Gold-BlythTom 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 Lewis

Anita LewisAnita 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.

Kathryn Pinfold

Kathryn Pinfold is the Community Manager 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.

Angela Bent

Angela BentAngela 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.

Sadia Hussein

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.

 

Clinical Governance Board

Professor Rex Haigh

Rex HaighProfessor 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, a non-executive member of the Board of Directors, and the Chair of the Clinical Governance Board.

Mary MacCallum Sullivan

maryMary 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. Mary is a member of the Clinical Governance Board.

 

Board of Directors

Benjamin Fry

Benjamin FryBenjamin 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 Khiron House’s social enterprise Get Stable. He set up Khiron House after experiencing serious mental illness in 2009 and not receiving effective treatment for it in the UK. He is the Founder of Khiron House and the non-executive Chair of the Board of Directors.

Professor Rex Haigh

Rex HaighProfessor 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, a non-executive member of the Board of Directors, and the Chair of the Clinical Governance Board.

Romana Akram

Romana AkramRomana Akram is the Managing Director of Khiron House. 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. Romana is a member of the Board of Directors.

Maren Masino

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 Acting Clinical Director of Khiron House and a member of the Board of Directors.