Khiron House has a strong clinical leadership team supported by world-class advisers and a robust corporate and clinical governance structure
Our team is supported by world-class advisers including Bessel van der Kolk, Stephen Porges, Janina Fisher, Deb Dana and Licia Sky. Our advisers contribute to the direction, innovation and supervision of Khiron Clinics. They are not employed by Khiron Clinics and are not individually responsible for any of the service delivery at the clinics.
Professor 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 Clinics, a non-executive member of the Board of Directors, and the Chair of the Ethics and Governance 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. Mary is a member of the Ethics and Governance Board.
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 is the Clinical Director of Khiron Clinics.
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 a therapist and consultant to Khiron Clinics.
Tracey has a Masters degree and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She has a diploma in Schema Therapy and her background is in working with trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, attachment disorders, personality disorders and psychosis, drawing from a variety of approaches including Polyvagal Theory, Schema Therapy, IFS, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, and the Comprehensive Resource Model. Tracey is the Clinical Lead at Khiron House
Heyley started her professional career as a Medic in the British Armed Forces, completing a Diploma in Emergency and Primary Healthcare, concentrating on the physical and psychological well-being of the troops. She then went on to train as a mental health nurse, graduating with a BSc (First Class Honours). She has extensive experience working with children and adults suffering from a wide range of different psychological problems and have a special expertise in the field of trauma. Hayley is the Clinical Lead at the Khiron Clinic.
Olesya is a psychologist and an integrative body psychotherapist. Her approach is body-oriented, it emphasizes that our being and deep patterns of behaviour are held in the body. She trained in Bodynamic Somatic Psychotherapy and Analysis System as well as at Chiron Association for Body Psychotherapists. She has a PhD in Social Sciences and considers the specific impact of multicultural, intergenerational and social factors on people’s lives. Olesya is registered with European Association for Body Psychotherapy and Chiron Association for Body Psychotherapists.
Alex is a UKCP registered Gestalt individual and group psychotherapist and EMDR practitioner, with specialist training in Attachment Focussed EMDR. Alex is passionate about working with and resolving longstanding childhood trauma and the various ways we adjust to it as adults through symptoms such as anxiety, depression, OCD, intrusive thoughts, anger management issues, self-harming, personality disorders and addiction, amongst others. With her mixed ethnic heritage, she is comfortable working with issues of diversity, shame, identity and belonging. She has previously worked in community mental health settings with victims of domestic violence and refugees. She has also worked in education as an Associate Tutor at the University of Surrey.
Sarah Jane Wilson
Sarah Jane is a certified Sensorimotor, Internal Family Systems and Embodied-Relational Psychotherapist. She has worked for organisations specialising in addictions, abuse and trauma since 1998 after initially training as a Social Worker to work with addictions. Her interest in body work has led her to studying Shiatsu, yoga and auricular acupuncture. She has also managed a Counselling service and Counselling organisation.
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.
Elise is a Yoga Teacher and Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapist. She holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Somatics. She is training to be an equine assisted therapist with LEAP and has a deep love and reverence for the healing power of nature, animals, embodied spirituality and community.
Grace has trained as an Integrative Art Psychotherapist and is registered with HCPC, BACP and BAAT (The British association of Art Therapists). In her practice she works with an integrative model utilising Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic, Humanistic, Existential, Jungian, Person-Centered, Gestalt Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Object Relations theory. These models become utilised in response to the therapeutic relationship, leading to a bespoke understanding of the relational experience.
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. Aleka is accredited by BADth, HCPC, ADMP and UKCP.
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 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.
Romana 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. Romana has an MBA and is a member of the Board of Directors.
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 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.