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 advised by Bessel van de Kolk, Stephen Porges, Deb Dana, Janina Fisher 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 the service delivery at the clinics.

The Clinical Team

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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.

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Prahlad Ilex Galbiati

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 Clinical Director of Khiron Clinics.

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Tracey-Lee Austin​

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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Tom Gold-Blyth

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.

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Luciana Fondaras

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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Amber Knights

Amber is a Therapist 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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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.

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Tracy Ellis

Tracy is a Therapist 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

Sasha is a Therapist 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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Lucy Allen

Lucy is a Therapist 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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Mark Kelly

Mark is a Therapist at Khiron Day 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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Claire Parrish

Claire is the Clinical lead at Khiron Day Clinic. She trained at Regent’s University on an MA programme in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology. Her practice focuses on Gestalt, Mindfulness and EMDR from an attachment trauma perspective. She has worked for the NHS as a therapist offering CBT, Mindfulness and Integrative therapy for anxiety, depression and stress. She has experience working with trauma, panic attacks, anxiety disorders, and PTSD using EMDR to normalise stressful events, having trained with EMDR Association UK and Alexandra Richman.

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Lorena Balbinot

Lorena is a Therapist 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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Rachel James

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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Lillie Perree

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

Sarah has practised as a counsellor/ 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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Anja Frykegaard

Anja is a therapist 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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Steph Bent

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.

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 as Khiron

  • Belinda James
  • Bhavan Sagoo
  • Cynthia Oiwonlu
  • Holly Robson
  • Isabella Shadaya
  • Meredith Davies
  • Sibusiso Chitate
  • Wendy Cheverton
  • Jacinta Lowbridge
  • Toni Williams
  • Lauren Broadis
  • Hannah Robinson

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​

  • Ajesh Sharma
  • Hanneke van Deemter

The Operations Team

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Romana Akram

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

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 moved to the United States where she continues to manage intake and 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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Julie Napier

Julie Napier is the Operations Manager for Khiron Clinics. She also holds the CQC registration for the Clinic. Julie has been with the company since July 2019 and during that time has led the clinic to achieve a CQC rating of Good, whilst establishing a team of support staff who ensure our clients receive the best care during their stay. Julie has worked in the Health and Social Care industry since she was 18 years old. She enjoys helping others and has worked in various aspects of the care industry. Julie’s passion is mental health recovery and wellbeing, treating people as individuals and ensuring a good quality of care.

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Jess Lambourne

Jess is the Clinic Supervisor at Khiron Clinic and joined the team in 2018 when the clinic opened. Here role as the clinic supervisor includes the management of a team of dedicated support workers and working collaboratively with support workers, clinical staff and external bodies to provide expert person-centred care to clients. Jess has worked in healthcare since 2011, including experience in palliative care settings and caring for patients with dementia, Huntington’s disease, schizophrenia, and Parkinson’s disease. Jess is currently studying for a BSc in Psychology with Counselling and has qualifications in health and social care, business and multimedia studies.

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Sara Joban

Sara is the Clinic Supervisor at the London Day Clinic. Sara has a BSc in Psychology and Counselling and a Level 3 Diploma in Business. Sara’s role includes managing the daily running of the Day Clinic and supporting the clinical team with administrative tasks. She has previously worked in childcare, counselling, administration, and customer service.

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Fan Pill

Fan is the Operations Coordinator at Khiron Clinics. Fan’s role involves assisting the Operations Team with the daily running of the business as well as providing support to the residents in the residential house. Fan has qualifications in Health and Social Care and has previously worked in business management, events, and weddings. She has run several businesses of her own. Fan has a passion for natural healing through diet and wellness.

The Founder

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Benjamin Fry

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.

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: 020 3668 1606 US: (866) 801 6184