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Dr Janina Fisher

Dr Janina Fisher appointed Director of Psychological Services

Dr Janina Fisher has been appointed as Director of Psychological Services at Khiron House. She will take overall responsibility for formulating the treatment approaches best suited to each individual at each stage of the recovery process and for training staff.

New Therapist Position Available

Khiron House is recruiting for a Primary Therapist for its residential clinic near Wantage in Oxfordshire. This is a full-time position for a qualified practitioner with experience and training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and/or Somatic Experiencing. You will be an experienced, self-managing, mature professional with great communication skills, personal ethics and self-care, and willing and able […]

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Trauma Research: Changing Paradigms

by Penny Boreham The treatments we practice here at Khiron House are the result of ground-breaking and paradigm shifting new research. In fact in the last forty years or so many of the biggest advances in our knowledge about the interaction of the body and mind have actually come about because of research into trauma. Bessel […]

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Love Chemicals: the motivating energy of the brain

by Penny Boreham “We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving” Friedrich Nietzsche. You look across the room and you see a person you love and, at that very moment, according to the stem biologist and author Dr Bruce Lipton, you are releasing chemicals from your […]

Interconnecting neurons

Why the mind/body division is no longer useful

by Penny Boreham When we are emotionally distressed, numb and disconnected from others, when we are suffering from severe fear, anxiety or are deeply depressed we consider, and are often told, that these are signs that all is not well with our mental health, and our minds. These symptoms are seen as separate from others, […]

Pat Ogden

The Birth of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

by Penny Boreham “The body is our general medium for having a world” Merleau-Ponty (1902-1961). Pat Ogden, the founder of a therapy that many of our therapists practice at Khiron House, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, had the insights that led to the birth of her new therapy at a time when paradigms were shifting. She was developing […]

"Comfort dogs" in Newton, Connecticut

Dogs and Mental Health

by Penny Boreham About two and a half years ago, immediately after the shooting at an American primary school in Newton, Connecticut, a group of therapy dogs was brought to the town. They spent their time in the community- visiting schools, churches and activity centers, and also private homes. Twenty children and six adults had […]

Resilience

The Concept of Resilience – A Sense Of Coherence

By Penny Boreham Resilience “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again”  Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela has become a symbol for the concept of resilience, embodying so many of the traits that we now recognise we need to foster in our young […]

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The Origins of Attachment Theory: John Bowlby

by Penny Boreham Our Friends at The Philosopher’s Mail We came across this article in The Philosopher’s Mail and wanted to share it with you. The philosopher and writer, Alain de Botton, explores the extraordinary influence of the psychoanalyst, John Bowlby, whose ground breaking ideas led to a new perception about ‘attachment’ and how our early experiences of relationship continue […]

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Living in the Breath: An Essential Tool for Recovery

by Penny Boreham “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath” (Amit Ray) “When the breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the breath is still, so is the mind still” (Hatha Yoga Pradipika, 15th century) Revitalising the Body and Grounding the Mind The connection between […]

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