Testimonials

Should I Have a Role Model for My Recovery?

Should I Have a Role Model for My Recovery?

Recovery is a lifelong process, and sometimes the journey is ever-twisting, with no predictable road in sight. For many people, role models are considered an excellent way to strive towards their goals in recovery – by following someone who has gone through similar experiences and has been successful in recovery, you too can look at […]

What Instruments Are Used with Sound Baths?

What Instruments Are Used with Sound Baths?

One of the amazing aspects of human life is that we have such unique, diverse ways of healing and restoration. For some, music provides a soothing, ritualized harmony that mirrors peace and serenity in the back of their mind. For others, writing provides a compelling opportunity to reflect on past grievances and achieve new insights. […]

How Prevalent is Misdiagnosis?

How Prevalent is Misdiagnosis?

The following is an excerpt from a person’s story, shared on The Mighty: “I really couldn’t comprehend this new diagnosis…Reading different articles and books, I realized I couldn’t identify with this diagnosis. It didn’t sit well with me at all, and I felt frequently upset at being misunderstood by the professionals.” In reading this, how well […]

What Types of Interventions Can Be Used for Social Anxiety Disorder?

What Types of Interventions Can Be Used for Social Anxiety Disorder?

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) affects an estimated 7.1% of adult Americans in a given year. SAD is a disorder that involves a persistent fear of one or more social performance situations in which a person is exposed to unfamiliar people or potential rejection from others. In other words, a person with SAD often have anxiety […]

How Do Those with Depression Experience Loneliness?

How Do Those with Depression Experience Loneliness?

Depression is a serious mental illness that can change what was once considered joyful and pleasant for a person to a dark, gloomy haze. If you’ve been diagnosed with depression, perhaps you’re feeling this right now – fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, and more can ensue and all you want to do is go right back […]

What Interpersonal Difficulties Does Someone with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) Face?

What Interpersonal Difficulties Does Someone with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) Face?

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is diagnosed with problem drinking becomes severe – according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), approximately 15.1 million adults experienced an AUD in 2015. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with an AUD, you’ve likely experienced one or more of the following: Drinking more […]

How Did Robin Williams Experience Addiction?

How Did Robin Williams Experience Addiction?

Note: If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Your life matters. The world mourned when it was discovered that actor and comedian Robin Williams lost his life to suicide in August of 2014. The actor made a huge, positive impact on the world with his amazing performances in […]

What is Dialectical Thinking?

What is Dialectical Thinking?

Take a quick moment to assess your current thinking patterns. When an issue arises or you feel stressed/irritated/anxious, where do your thoughts go? Do you find yourself using the terms “always” or “never”? In recovery, especially during challenging times, it’s easy to think that we will “never make it through” or that we will “always” […]

Compulsions And Trauma

Compulsions And Trauma

We have a deeply ingrained need to survive and we have a quick impulse which allows us to act in a second’s notice in order to protect our livelihood. Compulsions, however, are a bit different from our survival impulses. The difference between a compulsive behavior and an impulsive behavior is resistance and want. An impulsive […]

Can You Create Your Own Family This Holiday Season

Can You Create Your Own Family This Holiday Season

Sometimes, for distinct reasons, our biological families become detached from our lives. Whether part of our control or not, this split in the dynamic of those we grew up around or were raised by can be painful – for many, the holiday season brings back sad feelings, especially if loved ones are missed but are […]

Knowing When To Stop Is Just As Important As Never Giving Up

Knowing When To Stop Is Just As Important As Never Giving Up

Inspiration on never giving up, never quitting, going the extra mile, getting out of our comfort zone, reaching peak performance, maximizing our abilities and pushing, pushing, pushing. According to the new age philosophy of being an achiever, a go-getter, or otherwise “successful” there’s hardly time for rest outside of sleeping and you should never, ever […]

Does Our Body Image Language Affect Our Children?

Does Our Body Image Language Affect Our Children?

Monkey see, monkey do, it is said. More accurately, monkey see, monkey learn and internalize and make for their own, then monkey do as a result. As human beings, we learn through observation. Specifically, our foundational learning takes place by watching and observing our parents or caretakers. We learn to mimic their faces, the sounds […]

Did We Inherit Anxiety From Monkeys?

Did We Inherit Anxiety From Monkeys?

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in the United States conducted the study, which was published in The Journal of Neuroscience, reports Newsweek. Over 350 monkeys, specifically younger ones were used for the study. Since anxiety in childhood is a predictor of mental illness in adulthood, researchers wanted to […]

Feeling Sad Versus Being Depressed

Feeling Sad Versus Being Depressed

Major depression is just one kind of depression which can become present in someone’s life. Depression is oftentimes an emotional response more than it is a mood disorder. For example, depression is identified as one of the five stages of grief outlined by Elizabeth Kubler Ross. Depression can be a response to the changing of […]

A New Source Of Symptoms: Concussions Can Lead To PTSD Symptoms

Knowing The Difference Between A Trigger and Re-traumatization

When we are living in recovery from trauma, we are working to live in a constant state of mindful awareness. Rather than continue surviving in a prolonged state of hyperarousal reactivity to life, we thrive in a peaceful presence with life, which means living at ease with the many triggers we may experience throughout our […]

What Does Dissociation Feel Like?

What Does Dissociation Feel Like?

Have you ever felt like suddenly you were part of your own body, your own brain, your own reality? We are prone to dizzying moments of disconnect which leave us feeling confused and discombobulated. Dissociation can happen independently, as part of trauma, or as part of a dissociation disorder. Having a dissociative episode feels sort […]

Moving Your Body After The Trauma Trigger

Moving Your Body After The Trauma Trigger

We previously discussed trauma’s effects on the body when stress hormones are produced as part of the fight or flight stress response. For human beings, the fight or flight responses often results in a “freeze” state. Though the body and brain are being primed for reactive action, an individual simply freezes. As a result, the […]

Will The Change In Weather Trigger My Trauma?

Will The Change In Weather Trigger My Trauma?

Winter, spring, summer, and fall. We know that the seasons come, the weather changes, and our mood sometimes changes with them. Yet, year after year, we can find ourselves surprised by just how greatly we are affected. Changing from summer to winter is difficult as we start running short of daylight hours. Transitioning from the […]

Are You Living With A Personality Disorder?

Are You Living With A Personality Disorder?

Trauma manifests in our lives through many complicated ways. As an attempt to cope with the complicated reality of trauma, our brains become more complicated. No two people will experience the exact same trauma in the exact same way or develop the exact same manifestations of trauma in the exact same way. While some people […]

Can Anxiety Work In Our Favor?

Can Anxiety Work In Our Favor?

We often talk about anxiety as if it were something that was designed to punish us. Anxiety gets in the way of our confidence, our ability to complete our tasks, to chase our dreams, to be intimate with others, and to take risks. There are certainly a number of negatives to anxiety, but there can […]

Understanding What Trauma Is

Understanding What Trauma Is

Our understanding of trauma is surprisingly young. The term “PTSD” which stands for post-traumatic stress disorder, was not thoroughly developed or used until the 1970s after the Vietnam War. Severe psychological distress, a propensity for addiction and self-destruction, and an obvious disconnect between mind and body, were taking over the lives of veterans returning from […]

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. […]

Psychotherapy Testimonials: An Experience Of Healing And Change

by Penny Boreham, Intake Manager Testimonial Two In this new occasional series of blogs we hear from those who have received treatment at both Khiron House’s residential and day clinics. They share their thoughts and reflections about their experience of attending the clinics and more generally about their healing and recovery. This is an extract from one […]

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Psychotherapy Testimonials: An Experience Of Healing And Change

by Penny Boreham, Intake Manager Testimonial One In this new occasional series of psychotherapy testimonials we hear from those who have received treatment at both Khiron House’s residential and day clinics. They share their thoughts and reflections about their experience of attending the clinics and more generally about their healing and recovery. This is an extract from […]