We have a number of non NHS funded therapists who work from 28 Beaumont Street, and their details are listed below. We very much value working alongside these highly professional people who can offer alternative insights and experience into healthcare which is not currently available as part of routine NHS care.
If you are interested in any of these therapies please contact the individual practitioner directly to arrange an introductory consultation.
Please note. These therapists are not part of the practice team, and not funded by the NHS. For this reason they are not regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Each of the therapists listed below are members of a reputable professional body which holds regulatory oversight for the performance of practitioners on its register. They all d hold up to date insurance for their clinical practice. In the case of the acupuncture practitioners, their clinic rooms have been approved by the Oxford City Council for the practice of acupuncture.
The 28 Beaumont Street Practice cannot take responsiblity for the therapies which are offered in the practice by the private practitioners, but if you have any concerns about their care please discuss with the practice manager who will support you in contacting the relevant professional body for the therapist if necessary.
Dr Patricia Ridsdale MBChB DRCOG MRCGP FFHom
Dr Patricia Ridsdale has been working as a homeopathic medical doctor for 12 years and is committed to the highest possible quality of classical homeopathic care as a holistic physician. She takes a whole person view of illness and advises on both acute and chronic illness, using a range of integrated, holistic complementary therapies, including homeopathy, acupuncture and nutrition. She is a highly qualified medical homeopath, being a Fellow of the Faculty of Homeopathy and on their specialist register.
Dr Ridsdale has been a General Practitioner in the Basingstoke area for 25 years and maintains her GP qualifications.
Dr Ridsdale runs a clinic in Oxford on one Tuesday per month. For more information telephone The Natural Practice on 01962 856310 or visit the website www.thenaturalpractice.com
Kay Lynn UKCP MA MPhil
Kay Lynn has an MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy and is UKCP registered. She retired as a Director and Tutor at the Gestalt Centre, London in July 2009. Kay holds an MA and MPhil in Contemporary Dance and is trained in Authentic Movement. She integrates her arts background with her therapeutic approach, supporting creativity through bodywork and the arts. Her other area of interest is in working with difference and identity. She works with individuals, groups and offers supervision.
Tel: 01491 651628
Laurence Lemoine BSc (Hons) LicAc MBAcC
Laurence Lemoine graduated from the College of Chinese Medicine in Reading in 2006 and has been in practice continually since then. She is registered with the British Acupuncture Council and is fully insured. She is bound by strict codes of Ethics and Practice.
She practises Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Elements acupuncture. Both approaches help to restore and preserve health by using acupuncture points spread along the meridians of the body. During the first session, Laurence uses a number of different diagnostic methods to obtain a complete picture of your health and lifestyle, including taking a full medical history, feeling your pulses, and looking at your tongue. A personal treatment plan based on this information is then put together.
The frequency and number of sessions depend on your individual condition: some change is usually felt within five or six treatments. Pain relief is usually obtained quickly when treating musculoskeletal conditions. The needles used are single-use, sterile and disposable.
Laurence is bilingual French/English and also has a good knowledge of Spanish. She runs her practice in Oxford on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She offers a 20-minute meeting, free of charge, to discuss whether acupuncture is right for your condition.
She can be contacted at:
Landline: 01865 728696
Other Link: British Acupuncture Council www.acupuncture.org.uk
Mary Heneghen BA (Hons) MA MSc LicAc MBAcC
Mary has been practising acupuncture in the Oxford area since 1999 and is happy to see new patients at 28 Beaumont St. She is a member of the regulating body, the British Acupuncture Council and fully insured. Before training in acupuncture, she studied Medicine (completing 4 years of a 6 year course at Oxford University) and Psychology (obtaining a Masters in Psychology from Oxford).
She is trained in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element acupuncture, which are slightly different approaches within acupuncture. The former is focused more on treating symptoms and the latter is more concerned with treating the overall balance and well-being of the person (enabling them to restore their own health). So they work well together. More information about acupuncture can be found on her website below.
She explains that acupuncture is an ancient technique, which has developed over hundreds of years in the different cultures it has been practised in, to the body of information and techniques that we use today. The primary focus of acupuncture treatment is to rebalance the energy of the body and mind. Through this, a wide variety of symptoms can be alleviated, particularly those made worse by stress.
Mary also teaches weekly sessions and longer workshops of kum nye yoga and meditation, a practice of mindfulness through movement originating from the Tibetan medical and Buddhist traditions. (Further information can be found on the website.) Her husband is a doctor and Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford, which means she keeps up to date with current medical approaches. And she is very happy to work alongside other medical practitioners for the welfare of shared patients.
To make an appointment, or ask for further information, please contact her directly on:
Penny Ling BA(Hons) DHP, CBT(Hyp), SFBTSUP, MNCH, CNHC(reg), AfSFH(Exec)
Penny Ling graduated from the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training School in Bristol in 2007 and has been in practice continually since then. She is registered with the National Council Hypnotherapy, The association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and Complementary Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), is fully insured and is bound by strict codes of ethics and practice. She also uses outcome ratings, which are measurements as laid down by the centre of clinical excellence.
She practices Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, which is forward looking and helps people focus on and achieve goals they want to set instead of going over and over a problem with no resolution. Hypnosis is not only deeply relaxing but helps address the subconscious mind to make changes to behaviour or thinking patterns.
An initial consultation with an individual will allow the history of the problem, and previous problems to be discussed, then goals for therapy agreed on. There is an explanation of how the brain works and how hypnotherapy and solution focused therapy can help change the way you think about problems.
Sessions are an hour long and will be part solution focused psychotherapy and part hypnosis. Outcomes and scaling is used throughout which is a measurement on how you are progressing and which areas need to be worked on.
She can be contacted at:
They work with a variety of life and psychological difficulties (such as depression, anxiety, stress, anger management, panic attacks, personality disorders (OCD), body image disturbances, terminations and abortions) and they have a special interest and particular expertise in the treatment of Eating Disorders.
Finn Thomas BSc (Hons) Ost, RN
Finn is a registered Osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), the UK’s professional regulating body.
Finn has been in practice since 2002 following completion of his fulltime four-year training at the British School of Osteopathy (Europe’s leading osteopathic college) and was a registered nurse prior to his osteopathic career, giving him a broad and comprehensive experience in healthcare over 25 years.
Finn is often referred people with long term, traumatic, and/or complicated conditions and enjoys the challenge of unravelling the route of the problem, and through treatment, advise on lifestyle changes and exercise helping them back to health. This sometimes requires an integrated approach with allied healthcare professionals.
Finn also has particular experience in pregnancy, post-natal and paediatric osteopathic care and has worked with obstetricians, GPs, midwives, doulas, and lactation consultants in New Zealand and England over the past 16 years, including five years on Harley Street working closely with obstetricians both in practice and hospital.
Finn taught Osteopathy at Oxford Brookes University for nine years and is currently teaching technique and professional and clinical competence at the University College of Osteopathy (previously called the British School of Osteopathy). He also has lectured at post-graduate level in cranial osteopathy, pregnancy and paediatrics.
Finn treats both structurally and cranially, which allows him to tailor treatment to the individual and treat a wider variety of conditions both safely and effectively.
Finn is a registered practitioner with most major insurance companies.
For appointments please call: 01865 238118