Our Professionals

Here at Khiron Clinics, all our professional staff are dedicated to helping our patients overcome the debilitating symptoms of trauma. Our clinical leadership team have decades of experience within the trauma and mental health fields, and are supported by world class advisers and a robust corporate and clinical governance structure, ensuring they can provide the best treatment possible for our patients.

Our Innovative programme of nervous-system informed therapies is based on the work of many pioneers in the field including our teachers, mentors and advisors Bessel van der Kolk, Janina Fisher, Stephen Porges, Dick Schwartz, Deb Dana, Licia Sky and Linda Thai. Our advisers contribute to the direction, innovation and supervision of Khiron Clinics but are not individually responsible for the service delivery at the clinics.

“Khiron Clinics very specifically knows about trauma. They really understand what it's like to feel traumatised and abandoned”

Dr Bessel van der Kolk 2023

“There is only one programme that I can recommend and it is Khiron Clinics”

Dr Janina Fisher 2023

“If you have a client or a relative who needs a type of care that is supportive enough to enable them to become who they really are, Khiron Clinics is the place to go”

Dr Stephen Porges 2023

“It's a unique place that... is really able to offer people something that will put them on the path towards healing and isn't available anywhere else”

Deb Dana 2023

“Khiron Clinics is unique in my experience... I've been to a lot of different places and I really like the spirit there"

Dr Dick Schwartz 2023

"It's a very multidisciplinary approach, it's a very embodied approach and it's an approach that has a tremendous amount of patience."

Licia Sky 2023

The Leadership Team

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Prahlad Ilex Galbiati

Therapy Director

Prahlad is a Body-Psychotherapist, a Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist, and a Somatic Experiencing practitioner. Drawing from his background in spiritual development, meditation an orientation to wholeness is an intrinsic aspect of his work.

For over two decades he has supported people with a variety of trauma related conditions including chronic disease, abuse, addiction and terminal illness. He is the Therapy Director of Khiron Clinics.

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Romana Akram

Managing Director

Romana Akram is the Managing Director of Khiron Clinics. She is based at the residential clinic. Prior to joining the Khiron Clinics 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.

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Benjamin Fry

Founder and Chair

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 Clinics and the non-executive Chair of the Board of Directors. He is the Treasurer of Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Research Foundation.

The Clinical Team

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Prahlad Ilex Galbiati

Therapy Director

Prahlad is a Body-Psychotherapist, a Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist, and a Somatic Experiencing practitioner. Drawing from his background in spiritual development, meditation an orientation to wholeness is an intrinsic aspect of his work.

For over two decades he has supported people with a variety of trauma related conditions including chronic disease, abuse, addiction and terminal illness. He is the Therapy Director of Khiron Clinics.

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Tracey-Lee Austin​

Service Supervisor

Tracey is the Clinical Lead at Khiron residential clinics and joined in 2018. Alongside providing therapy to clients at the residential clinics, Tracey undertakes assessments to determine new clients suitability for admission, providing clinically informed recommendations. Tracey has a Masters degree and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and is HCPC registered. She has a diploma in Schema Therapy and has training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Brainspotting, Bodynamics, and BWRT. She is currently working towards becoming a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Her background is in working with Complex PTSD, Dissociative Disorders, Mood and Anxiety disorders, Attachment disorders, Personality disorders, and Psychosis, drawing from a variety of approaches including Polyvagal Theory, Schema Therapy, IFS, Sensorimotor and Somatic therapies, Mindfulness, and Structural Dissociation.

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Amber Knights

Clinical Lead

Amber is a psychotherapist at Khiron residential clinics and our outpatient service, She specialises in trauma, suicide prevention and sexual abuse. She also works with addiction, gender issues and depression. Amber has a Masters Degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy, a modality that is person-centred and has a strong focus on the therapist-client relationship, awareness and the body. Amber uses a combination of her skills in Gestalt therapy, the polyvagal theory, and her own creativity to facilitate supporting individuals in their journey towards healing. Whilst living in Malta, she was a casual lecturer in victimology at the University of Malta and managed a therapeutic service for victims of crimes. She is a member of GPTI. Amber has a great love for animals and began her career working with them alongside people. Whilst in the USA she worked at the Human-Dolphin Institute providing dolphin assisted therapy to vulnerable people.

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Claire Parrish

Clinical Lead

Claire is the Clinical lead at Khiron Daycare IOP Clinic. She trained at Regent’s University on a master’s programme in Integrative
Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology and is BACP accredited. Her practice
draws together Attachment trauma and Structural dissociation, Gestalt,
Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems, Safe and Sound Protocol, Sensorimotor
Level 1 and EMDR Levels 1,2,3. She has worked for over a decade in the NHS and private
practice, focusing on PTSD, Complex PTSD, bereavement, addiction and eating
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Lucy Allen

Psychotherapist

Lucy is a psychotherapist at Khiron residential clinics and our outpatients service As an Integrative Therapist, she strives for a pluralistic and holistic approach to therapy. She is passionate about using the body to integrate experiences and has a special interest in neuroscience, stress, and trauma. She has a special interest working with PTSD, complex PTSD and DID.  Lucy holds the importance of the therapist-client relationship and its role in healing. She is currently in the competition phase of the Sensorimotor level 2 training. Alongside this she is trained to level 2 in IFS and Bodynamics. In addition, Lucy brings the outdoors to her therapy, including working with animals, as she holds that connections to and containment within nature, are full of healing potential.

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Tracy Ellis

Psychotherapist

Tracy is a psychotherapist at Khiron residential clinics. Her training includes, Foundation in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Diploma in Attachment Theory, SSP, Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems, Polyvagal theory, Neuro Affective Touch & Janina Fishers Structural Dissociation training. Tracy started mentoring teenagers in 2008, a role she found particularly fulfilling and has since worked in secondary education settings, providing counselling to vulnerable students.
Tracy’s training allows her to work with the client’s mind in a verbal capacity and with their body in a nonverbal capacity. Through Somatic Experience work Tracy can help the body tell its own story, looking at the wisdom of the body as it clearly reflects our implicit memory from our past experiences.

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Sasha Watson

Psychotherapist

Sasha is a psychotherapist at Khiron residential clinics and our outpatient service. She is a registered Somatic Movement Psychotherapist (ADMP), Creative Dance Facilitator and Yoga teacher. Sasha has an MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP). She works with children and adults using a trauma sensitive, person centered, embodied creative approach. She is influenced by Somatic, Developmental, Transpersonal and Trauma theories. In sessions alongside a focus on sensations in the body she may incorporate other creative mediums which can include art making, poetry, free writing, and can also draw on Authentic Movement, The Felt Sense, and Inner Child Work to support the integration of all aspects of self.

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Luciana Fondaras

Psychotherapist

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.

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Anja Frykegaard

Psychotherapist

Anja is a psychotherapist at Khiron Day Clinic. She holds a BSC in Psychology with Addiction and a MA in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy focusing on developmental trauma, attachments, and a relational approach. She developed an interest in the mind-body relationship through her own yoga and meditation practice. She has extensive experience working with groups and individuals in a creative and attentive way, with a passion for using neuroscience to support healing in the aftermath of trauma. She has completed Level 1 and 2 of the Complex Trauma Certification Training by Janina Fisher. Through continued professional development courses, she is accustomed to combining therapeutic methods, including Gestalt, Body Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems and Mindfulness, for the purpose of facilitating a reconnection with the body and self. She is committed to deliver such interventions in a way that is compassionate, collaborative, and inclusive.

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Lorena Balbinot

Psychotherapist

Lorena is a psychoherapist at Khiron residential clinics. She is an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, a qualified Humanistic Body-Centred Counsellor and a Bioenergetics teacher. Lorena has offered Arts psychotherapy in healthcare settings such as an NHS Inpatient Dementia and Mental Health Assessment Centre, an Early Intervention in Psychosis service in the NHS and provided humanistic counselling to staff members at a care home in Italy. She has also worked within a charity for families with children under 5, providing therapy to parents with complex presentations, and provided long-term therapy at a charity for people who struggle with drug and alcohol misuse.

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Mark Kelly

Psychotherapist

Mark is a psychotherapist at Khiron Daycare IOP Clinic. He is a certified somatic coach, trained at the Strozzi Institute and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Mark has more than twenty years’ experience as a classical dancer and dance teacher. His passion for movement is channelled into his work as therapist, meaning he is inspired to share this powerful healing modality and to create collaborative therapeutic relationships with clients. He describes his approach as gentle, intuitive and body orientated. Mark has been the Director of the Somatic Experiencing Association, UK, since 2021.

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Lillie Perree

Psychotherapist

Lillie is a Therapist at Khiron Day Clinic. She has a background is in theatre which is where she first noted the impact creativity has on mental health and well-being, meaning she greatly values incorporating this into her practice. Lillie has experience working in the NHS as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor where she supported people presenting with anxiety, depression, body image issues and eating disorders. She also worked as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor for a trans and non-binary health and wellbeing service. Lillie has copious experience supporting clients with suicidal ideation within a residential respite centre, supporting vulnerable women and people with addiction, and has worked with a diverse range of clients who worked within the sex industry. Her training in this regard includes working with clients with HIV, Relationship issues, Sexual and Gender Diversity.

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Sarah Paton Briggs

Psychotherapist

Sarah has practised as a counsellor and psychotherapist for over 20 years. She has trained in the two evidence-based trauma treatment protocols which are recommended by NICE: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and T- CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).

She is also trained in other approaches to treating trauma because different methods suit different client needs. These include BEPP (Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy for Psych traumatology). Her hypnotherapy and NLP qualifications equip her with imagery-based approaches to treating trauma, including IRRT (Imagery Rescripting Reprocessing Therapy) and Matrix Reimprinting. Sarah is recognised by ITTI (International Trauma Training Institute, formerly IATP) as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional at the higher level (CCTP Level 2) for working with Complex Trauma (C-PTSD). Sarah supports Khiron residents with equine therapy with her horses.

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Haney Belyani

Counselling Psychologist

Dr Haneyeh Belyani is a Counselling Psychologist with an integrative background and a particular interest and expertise in working with trauma across the lifespan.

​Since qualifying over a decade ago, Haneyeh has worked extensively with trauma with children, adolescents and their parents across various settings such as private practice, schools and residential and fostering services. Her commitment to staying abreast of the latest developments and knowledge in the field of trauma has led her towards further training in trauma focussed approaches such as eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR), emotion-focussed therapy (EFT), mentalization-based therapy and attachment style interviewing (ASI) which in addition to her integrative counselling psychology training inform her clinical work and thinking. Currently, Haneyeh is undertaking a second doctorate in psychological trauma, focusing specifically on childhood trauma and parenting.

Previous roles have included head of the service of a secondary school-based psychology service with a specialist trauma after-school service and senior lecturer on the professional doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of East London, where she still works as a guest lecturer.

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Janie Rymaszewska

Psychotherapist

Janie qualified in 1990 as a creative arts therapist (MCAT) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has 25 years of experience as a therapist with children and young people with relational trauma and was clinical lead for seven years with children in therapeutic residential care. Her approach is supported by modern attachment theory, neuroscience, and trauma-sensitive interventions.

Janie is a proficient Story Stem Assessment Profiles (SSAP) assessor and trained at the Anna Freud Centre for Children & Families.

The storytelling technique explores the workings of a child’s mind to understand how they perceive grown-ups. The approach permits an assessment of a child’s expectations and perceptions of family roles and relationships without asking direct questions about family, which could cause conflict or anxiety.

In 2005, Janie was commissioned to set up specialist play provisions for a children’s hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. She was a course tutor for a Master’s programme in play therapy at Liverpool Hope University. In 2006, Janie published Reaching the Vulnerable Child. Therapy with Traumatized Children. (Jessica Kingsley) and has published articles in Young Minds.

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Rachel James

Yoga Teacher

Rachel is the Yoga teacher at Khiron Clinics. Rachel has been practicing Yoga for over 30 years and teaching since 2006. Rachel trained to become a Hatha Yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga, graduating in 2009. Rachel has extensive training in Anatomy and Physiology, with a special interest in the Nervous System, the Brain and the Vagus Nerve. She follows a trauma-informed approach to working with the body and is highly skilled in adapting her yoga classes to clients with mobility issues. She has worked in many fitness centres, corporate businesses, educational settings, community classes and private practice. She holds regular workshops based on Longevity, Posture and the Chakras and has held yearly Yoga retreats in Tuscany since 2016. She held the role as Oxfordshire County Representative for the British Wheel of Yoga for 3 years (2013-16).

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Steph Bent

Trainer and Life Coach

Steph is a Lifestyle Transformation Coach. She is a qualified Personal Trainer and Life Coach. She has extensive knowledge and experience. She specializes in working with clients to build confidence, training sustainably through teaching to work towards healthy habits, working with all physical abilities to achieve set goals and prioritizing physical health and longevity. Steph also offers nutritional advice and personalized training programs.

Her interest in fitness and sport stems from playing football at a semi-professional level. Steph enjoys engaging with clients who are ready to change and improve their lifestyle day by day.

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Tom Gold-Blyth

Tai Chi Teacher

Tom teaches Tai Chi, and, with 25 years of practice, was 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 adapts classical Tai Chi into a therapeutic method drawing on 10 years experience of working with clients at Khiron Clinics and his own ongoing study of how to apply Polyvagal Theory to the ancient ‘science of Qi’. Tom’s work is resourced by his own commitment to daily practice and by ongoing study with his teacher Master Annukka. 

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Humphrey Bacchus

Nutritionist 

Humphrey has worked as a nutrition specialist for over 15 years. He worked originally as a physical therapist for many years before completing two post graduate diplomas in clinical and personalised nutrition. Humphrey originally worked at Khiron Clinics between 2011 and 2013, before joining a microbiome company focused on restoring human health and ecology. During this time, he took on multiple leadership positions. After leaving this company he returned to Khiron Clinics to lead the food and nutrition education programme for all residents.

The Operations Team

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Romana Akram

Managing Director

Romana Akram is the Managing Director of Khiron Clinics. She is based at the residential clinic. Prior to joining the Khiron Clinics 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.

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Angela Bent

Intake Manager

Angela Bent is the Intake Manager at Khiron Clinics. Angela has worked for Khiron Clinics since 2013, beginning as a support worker and then moving on to become House Manager at the residential clinic. Angela now works as the Intake Manager managing initial enquiries, referring clients on for assessment appointments and admission. Angela is a qualified paralegal, having worked in the legal field for over twenty years.

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Jess Lambourne

Registered Manager

Jess is the Acting Registered Manager at Khiron Clinics, holding the CQC registration of the Clinic and Bungalow. Jess first joined Khiron Clinics in 2018 as a support worker and worked as a team leader and administrator in the clinic. Jess has worked in Health and Social Care since 2011. She has previously worked in palliative care and has experience supporting people living with dementia, Huntington’s disease, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and vascular injuries. Jess has been a dignity champion since 2013 and has a strong passion for ensuring that people are cared for as individuals. Jess has recently completed an Advanced Diploma in Child Psychology and is currently studying for a BSc in Psychology with Counselling and has additional qualifications in Health and Social Care, Business Studies, and Multimedia Studies.

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Meredith Davies

Operations Coordinator

Merry is the Operations Coordinator at Khiron Clinics. Merry’s role involves assisting the Operations Team with the daily running of the operations and providing support to the residents of the residential property. Merry’s role involves working collaboratively with support workers, clinical staff and external bodies to provide expert, person-centred care to clients. Merry has Health and Social Care qualifications and has worked in healthcare since 2017; healthcare experience in palliative care settings and caring for patients with dementia; Huntington’s disease; schizophrenia; Bipolar disorder; hospital settings; children, and adults with Learning disabilities.

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Holly Robson

Operations Assistant

Holly has worked for Khiron Clinics in various roles over five years. She has worked as a Support Worker at Khiron Clinic and as a House Assistant at Khiron House. Holly now works as the Operations Assistant across all the residential clinics. Holly’s role is to ensure a smooth running of operations and facilities across the site. Previously, Holly has worked in administrative and retail roles and has a vital skill in engaging with people.

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Hannah Robinson

Clinic Administrator

Hannah is the Clinic Administrator at Khiron Clinics and is based at the 24/7 higher needs clinic on the residential site. Hannah first joined Khiron Clinics in 2022 as a support worker. Hannah’s role involves working closely with the Registered Manager to ensure that the clinic clients receive the best level of care. Hannah has a BSc in Psychology and worked as an Assistant Psychologist, working closely with mental health practitioners and nutritionists, and an SEN teaching assistant. Hannah is currently working towards a diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.

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Emilia Haanpaa

Clinic Supervisor

Emilia is the Clinic Supervisor at the London Day Clinic. Emilia joined Khiron Clinics in October 2023 after she finished her BSc (Hons) in Psychology. Her role includes running and maintaining the day clinic, supporting the clients as well as the therapists, and doing administrative tasks. Emilia is currently completing a Counselling Skills and an Evidence-Based Therapies Course as her long-term goal is to become a Counselling Psychologist. In addition, Emilia worked in hospitality during her time at university and learnt a lot of skills, which she can now incorporate in running the Day Clinic in London.

Support Workers

The support workers provide 24/7 high quality care to the residents in the residential clinic. Support workers work closely with therapists, operational staff and the Registered Manager to ensure that residents’ needs are met. Support workers have received training in Trauma Informed Care from clinical staff and external supervisors in addition to health and social care training, including medication administration, safeguarding and first aid.

Support Workers at Khiron Clinics

  • Belinda James
  • Cynthia Oiwonlu
  • Temi Ajayi
  • Isabella Shadaya
  • Mary Oakes
  • Sibusiso Chitate
  • Ayo Olaniran 
  • Anne Gitau
  • Helen Whiting
  • Adriana Nastasa
  • Austin Aladejana
  • Hanneke van Deemter

House Assistants

The house assistants work evenings and weekends to support the residents in the residential house. They work closely with therapists and operational staff to ensure that the residents’ needs are met whilst encouraging them to live as independently as possible. The house assistants additionally support the support workers in the clinic and have received training in Trauma Informed Care from clinical staff and external supervisors in addition to health and social care training including medication administration, safeguarding and first aid.

House Assistants at Khiron House​

 
  • Hanneke van Deemter

Professional memberships and associations

We work with members of respected organisations to deliver our services

We are registered with the Care Quality Commission

We are here to help

If you have a client, or know of someone who is struggling, reach out to Khiron.
We believe that we can stop the revolving door of treatment and misdiagnosis by providing effective residential and outpatient therapies for underlying psychological trauma, stress and breakdown.

Allow us to help you find the path to effective, long lasting recovery.
For information, call us today.

Call any time UK: +44 (20) 3668 1606 US: +1 (866) 801 6184