Our Team Philosophy

Crafted by a survivor-led team, all of Chayn’s services are created by survivors for survivors: and Bloom is no exception. With Bloom, our aim has been to inform and empower. This means we balance important facts with maintaining a set of core therapeutic practices to ground, cope, and ultimately rebuild a sense of self. Throughout each course, we share information on the science of trauma in the mind and body, and how abuse and gender-based violence are facilitated by society - and we embolden our community to heal by unlearning shame, growing self-esteem, and connecting with other survivors. In order to provide accurate and useful information, Bloom courses are written with a strict policy of no pseudo-science; all our courses are also intersectional and trauma-informed, as well as  checked by a professional therapist. 

Bloom was also built to address the barriers many survivors face in accessing mental health support post-trauma. Traditional therapies can be expensive, not to mention inaccessible for those who can’t leave the house. Likewise, in-person support groups may be unavailable or difficult to find. This is why we made Bloom - to foster a safe, anonymous, online space for survivors, that keeps the support and solidarity of a group environment. While working with Bloom, your learning and growth will be backed by anonymous insights from other course members, as well as our team of facilitators. You are not alone. Wherever you are in your healing, your pain, or your questions, we are right by your side and supporting you along the way.

Meet our Facilitators

Paula Aredez Arriazu

is an Argentinian psychologist living in London. She is a trauma specialist that has worked in the humanitarian, public health, and women’s sector. She is collaborating with Chayn to write, edit, troubleshoot, and develop Bloom’s content. She will be one of the therapists in this programme. Paula speaks Spanish and English.

Alyson Kissner

is a doctoral student, survivor, and award-winning poet. Originally from Canada, she is studying in the UK, where both her critical and creative practices evaluate themes of gender-based violence, abuse, trauma, and tenderness. As Programme Lead for Bloom, she is in charge of course writing, delivery, and chat-line support. Alyson speaks English and French.

Zoë Firth

is a British-American who grew up in California and the UK. She has a background in Psychology with experience working in acute mental health, and recently completed a clinical research MSc. Zoë is Bloom's Project Lead, who writes, edits, and facilitates the Bloom courses, works on live chat, and manages admin and project schedules. Zoe speaks English and French.

Beatriz Diaz

is a service designer based in Colombia. She has experience in service design for social innovation and mental healthcare. She is responsible for responding to group questions, recording courses, and graphic design. She speaks Spanish and English.

Hera Hussain

Is the founder and CEO of Chayn. She has years of experience supporting survivors, and is responsible for oversight of the project. She is our Safeguarding lead and supports all aspects of the project. Born in Scotland, raised in Pakistan and living in the UK, Hera knew from early on she wanted to empower women. Hera was on the Forbes 30 Under 30 and MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 list, and was awarded the British Empire Medal by Her Majesty the Queen. Hera speaks English, Urdu, and Punjabi.

About Chayn

Chayn is a survivor-led nonprofit addressing gender-based abuse through a variety of intersectional resources and digital services. Mental health and trauma recovery is a critical obstacle for survivors to live happy, full lives.

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