Claire Asherson Bartram

LONDON NW5 English
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Claire Asherson Bartram

LONDON NW5 English
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My Approach

My approach is humanistic and integrative and I have a relational, creative, improvisatory style. Among the traditions that inform my work are Gestalt, Person Centred, Existential, Psychodynamic and Attachment based perspectives which I draw on according to the individual situations my clients bring. My understanding is that a persons' accumulated life experience from childhood onwards, contributes to how they manage their lives and relationships in the present. My aim is to develop with my clients, a deep relationship which supports openness and trust, within which we can work together in gaining insight, and developing, ways of living and relating that enhance everyday life.

Among the people I have studied with are Gaie Houston (supervision), Ruella Franks' (Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy) and Judith Hemmings (Couples and Constellations). I have a special interest in and knowledge of stepfamily situations, and in Gestalt, which provides a basic perspective and guide for my work in a variety of areas.

About Me

I am an experienced psychotherapist and have been working since 1991 in North West London with individuals, couples and groups as a gestalt based integrative psychotherapist. I run a monthly group on Saturdays for a full day, a fortnightly group co-facilitated with Angelika Wienrich.

I also offer supervision to individuals and groups. Further expertise is with people in stepfamily situations and I put on workshops and events with a focus on family situations. In these I use creative methods to explore dynamics and relationships. My overall style is exploratory and creative with an emphases on relationship.

I work with

  • Couples
  • Families
  • Groups
  • Individuals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

I work with many couples to support their relationships, hear each other and move on from stuck and destructive relational loops.
Relationships are the tangled web we are all involved in. Therapy groups are places where relational patterns are highlighted, with opportunities for personal growth, development, exploration and expression.
Stepfamilies are complicated, ofter very difficult as the different relationships and difficult situations mean that a stepfamily couple have different needs. Strong, almost primal emotions are often part of the mix of parents, non parents, children and ex partners. I have spent many years studying stepfamily dynamics. I have a doctorate on the narratives of mothers in stepfamily situations, and work with many stepfamily couples.
I offer clinical and academic supervision. My style is engaged, exploratory and understanding that something of the relationship between therapist and client manifests between therapist and supervisor.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Gestalt Psychotherapist
  • Humanistic Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Age-related Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Couple Issues
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Employment Difficulties
  • Family
  • Gender
  • Identity Problems
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Online Counselling
  • Parents
  • Phobias
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Private Practice Issues
  • Race Issues
  • Relationships
  • Separation
  • Sex Problems
  • Sexuality
  • Spirituality
  • Step Families
  • Stress
  • Supervision
  • Telephone Counselling
  • Terminal Illness
  • Training
  • Trauma
  • Workplace Counselling

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy


35a Croftdown Road

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UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)

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