We are passionate about developing a new generation of psychotherapeutic treatments informed by neuroscience and developed in America.
We believe that no treatment centre in the UK is able to treat underlying trauma in the way that we do.
We understand that historic trauma is held in the body, and only by working with the body are we able to release this trauma and relieve ourselves of all related symptoms such as depression, anxiety and many other mental health disorders.
We treat the long lasting emotional and psychological effects of trauma, which have arisen either as a result of single incident or repeated childhood developmental trauma and which are at the root of many mental health problems, behavioural disorders and addictions.
Underlying trauma can manifest in a number of more recognisable symptoms, including:
And many other common mental disorders.
Khiron House was the UK’s first dedicated facility to treat trauma and the deep-seated emotional and psychological disturbances which may underlie some mental health conditions and we offer both residential and outpatient care led by a team of highly trained and skilled therapists, practitioners and support staff.
Recent advances in research relating to anatomy, neuroscience and brain imaging have led to a different understanding of ‘mental health’ conditions. We now comprehend that an unfinished biological response to a previously stressful, or threatening, incident leaves a residual disturbance in the body, specifically in the sympathetic nervous system. At Khiron House we work to complete unfinished stress cycles, thus freeing up the nervous system to regulate normally. We also help to address any compensatory behaviour that people may have developed in an effort to regulate their systems.
Historically, patients with trauma report having been retriggered by therapies that encouraged them to relive traumatic events. The new modalities, offered by Khiron House, work to regulate overactivity and restore emotional and psychological balance, without retriggering the nervous system.
Child and Adolescent Referral Pathway
Over the past few years, we’ve seen a massive increase in children and parents reaching out for our services. We’ve now broadened our horizons and have taken on specialists to allow us to offer treatment for children and adolescents.
When children go through traumatic incidents, there is the possibility that they will develop PTSD. PTSD manifests differently in children as it does adults and can result in bed-wetting, disturbed or repetitive play, challenging behaviour, and anxiety at separating from their parents/carers.
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Research into trauma origins reveals that untreated trauma inhibits the capacity of the nervous system to function appropriately and also significantly alters brain chemistry. Untreated trauma is the cause of many common mental health and behavioural disorders, and can lead to addictions.
Trauma can go unrecognised and undiagnosed for years and may have its origins earlier in the development of the person. This explains why, many years later, a difficult life event can then trigger mental and physical symptoms that start to overwhelm the individual.
Attachment is related to trauma. Early attachments are vital to our development. A child’s basic need for safety, nurturing, emotional, physical and psychological care and support is paramount for her or his optimum development.
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How we treat trauma
Khiron House is inspired by the highly successful treatment modalities recently developed in America.
Each client’s individualised treatment plan of trauma modalities may include Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems, Lifespan Integration and BSP (Brainspotting), all of which are body referencing therapies that are redefining therapeutic and health outcomes.
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We work with psychiatrists, GPs and therapists to support their practices, not to replace them.
Symptoms relating to untreated trauma include anxiety, depression, addictions and other risk-taking behaviours, a sense of helplessness or hopelessness, obsession, compulsivity, panic, fear, irritability, guilt, shame, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, outbursts of rage or violence, poor sleep patterns, dissociation, and withdrawal, among others.
Many of these symptoms are associated with the major common psychiatric disorders in the DSM. We look afresh at the symptoms and particularly how they might link to the client's history to consider a diagnosis of Type II Complex PTSD, which we think is under-diagnosed.
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Khiron House publishes an annual independently authored report on its outcomes data. CORE summarise our outcomes and present them in the same way as the NHS.
We work with members of respected organisations to deliver our services.
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.