My approach is relational and creative. I make the assumption that we are each experts on ourselves and given the right environment can naturally develop and mature. I pay close attention to my clients' responses and invite people to become aware of their own emotional feelings and body sensations. Sometimes I suggest exploration aimed at heightening awareness I might also suggest an experimental foray into unfamiliar territory, with the possibility of bringing new experience and broadening potential. All of these explorations aim to support people to become aware of their strengths, limitations and personal resources, and can lead to new ways of approaching relationships and life.
I work with many different issues, and in many ways learn from my clients so that my knowledge is always expanding. 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.
I have a BA in Music, a Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy and a doctorate (DPsych) for which I researched Stepfamily relationships. The title is 'Narratives of Mothers in Stepfamily Situations, an Exploratory Investigation'. I am accredited by UKCP (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy) and am a direct member of the HIPS (Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy Section).
Professional Organisation Membership
I belong to the following organisations:
- AAGT (Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Psychotherapy)
- EAGT (European Association of Gestalt Practitioners)
- AHP (Association of Humanistic Psychology)
- StepIn ASAP (Advancing Stepfamily Awareness in Practice)
Relationships, stepfamily situations, personal development, grief, depression, anxiety, and life change.
0044 (0)20 8361 6146
email Claire Asherson Bartram