Wednesday, 31 October 2012

East meets West at 96 Harley Psychotherapy

Traditional Chinese Medicine has long been known as a powerful approach to healing, and it is only in relatively recent years that the West has begun to embrace it with the enthusiasm it deserves. As verification of its efficacy increasingly satisfies the Western appetite for evidence-based outcomes, there is little disputing its relevance and value among today's spectrum of treatment options. And there are few practitioners in the United Kingdom with greater knowledge and experience of one of the best known pillars of this approach, acupuncture, than Roisin Golding, one of our new therapists at 96 Harley Psychotherapy.

Roisin has been working as an acupuncturist for over 25 years and has literally written the book on acupuncture, with a textbook for practitioners and many published articles to her name. She is also a Master Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner, which she uses as an alternative to acupuncture, depending on the patient and the condition.

NLP is about learning the language of the subconscious mind and having it work for us instead of against us. Like acupuncture, it works naturally, with integration of the whole person at the heart of its ethos. By working with NLP processes, Roisin teaches patients to improve communication with their inner selves and, by extension, with family, friends and colleagues. She sees patients with a broad range of presenting difficulties, including post-traumatic stress, phobias, eating disorders and those feeling stuck in their lives. With specialist skills in the Fertile Body Method, a technique which helps individuals with issues surrounding fertility, there is little that cannot be treated by the repertoire of skills Roisin brings to the practice.

For more about Roisin's background, interests and services, visit, where you will find the North, South East and West of psychotherapeutic excellence!

Written by Jacqui Hogan

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

We're opening the door to kids!

Source: National Children's Bureau

We love kids at number 96, so we're delighted to introduce one of the latest additions to our psychotherapeutic team - Renee Thurston, a highly qualified Child Psychotherapist.

Renee specialises in helping infants, children and adolescents, as well as their parents, families and carers, with a wide range of mental health difficulties, including ADHD, autism, eating disorders and challenging behaviours of all kinds.

Tavistock trained, Renee has been involved in the assessment and treatment of children with psychological difficulties for over 20 years. Alongside her clinical outpatient work she has spent a great deal of time in hospital neonatal units and school nurseries, amassing a vast amount of experience working with children at the younger end of the age spectrum.

Renee works with many different types of families, including single parents, blended families, separated families, same sex couples, IVF families and their wider social networks. Her treatment interventions may be short- or long-term, involve family, group and/or parent-child psychotherapy and deploy psychodynamic, cognitive bahavioural or other evidence-base techniques. It very much depends on the historical and developmental processes that have shaped the young person concerned, and there are few therapists more qualified than Renee to accurately assess patients'  needs.

You can find out more about Renee at, and in the meantime, we'll be stocking up on soft toys for our cosy waiting room which you can preview here!

Written by Jacqui Hogan