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(currently in North/North West London, West London, Hertfordshire, Scotland, Surrey)
Our list of therapists offering psychotherapy and counselling to people in stepfamily situations is being developed to become countrywide. At present however most are based in London. All listed therapists and counsellors are in private practice and will charge for their services. Fees vary according to the specific therapists fee structure.

StepIn ASAP is not responsible for the work of therapists and counsellors on their list. Therapists make their own arrangements with relevant professional bodies and will be able to give you further information about their work, qualifications and accreditation.

North / North West London

Dr. Claire Asherson Bartram BA (prof orgs UKCP, EAGT, AHPP) is a Gestalt based integrative psychotherapist, supervisor and group leader practising in Highgate. She has a personal connection with and professional interest in stepfamilies and has been writing, researching and running groups and workshops on stepfamily issues since 1995. In 2009 she completed her doctorate 'Narratives of Mothers in Stepfamily Situations'. She works with individuals and couples and offers face to face and telephone counselling. Call: 020 8361 6146 or email: Claire Asherson Bartram website: Gestaltworks

Sue Fox (prof orgs UKCP, CAP) is a psychotherapist in private practise based in Northwest London and a trainer, supervisor and group worker at the Institute of Psychosynthesis and Highgate Counselling Centre. She has many years experience of working with families and individuals who have been effected by addiction. Her interest in step families has arisen from both her personal and professional life. Call: 0207 424 9007 or email: Sue Fox website: www.Sue-Fox.com

Debbie Friedman MA (prof org UKCP) is a psychotherapist working in NorthWest London. She is a trainer and supervisor at the Institute of Psychosynthesis, London. She has a background in the creative arts, many years experience of psychotherapy and has had a long standing interest in stepfamily dynamics. Call: 020 8458 5760 or email: Debbie Friedman

Pauline Latchem (prof org BACP) is a relationships therapist and qualified couples therapist based in North London.  Pauline is deaf and offers therapy in British Sign Language, Visual Frame Signing and Hands On Signing with deafblind people.  Pauline has extensive experience, including work in the voluntary sector, youth and community work, mental health, advocacy, mediation and training.  Pauline practices privately at Clerkenwell and South Woodford, but her work with deaf people often takes her outside of London.  Deaf people in hearing families can be particularly impacted and confused by stepfamily dynamics due to pre-existing isolation and communication issues.  Text 0777 613 3645 (no voice calls or voicemail)  email:  plcounselling@gmail.com


Sally-Ann Lipson is a counsellor and therapist working in private practice in Camden Town, North London. She specialises in stepfamily issues and relationship difficulties.  She works both one to one and with couples.  She was Training and Development Manager for a parenting charity for many years.  She is proud to be part of an ever-growing stepfamily for more than 30 years.  Call: 07977 273721 or email: sa@thelipsons.co.uk

Angelika Wienrich BA has a background in Psychology and Research. She is a Gestalt based integrative Psychotherapist and has been practising, and teaching for over 20 years in the field of counselling and personal development. She worked in the NHS and was a tutor at the Gestalt Centre in London for 15 Years. She is also involved with teaching creative writing and Playback Theatre. Her interest in stepfamily issues are both personal and professional. Call: 07941156205 or email: Angelika Wienrich

David Zigmond has had a long career as a fronline NHS Doctor: as a psychiatric psychotherapist and small practice GP. Alongside this he has maintained a private psychotherapy practice. Initially trained in psychoanalytic and then humanistic methods his practice is informed, rather than limited by these. He has written and taught widely about the personal social and political psychology of healthcare. He has many decades experience of being a stepfather of three, now adults and has greatly enjoyed their numerous progeny. David largely avoids IT and social media in his personal and professional interacting. 0208 340 8952 website: davidzigmond.org.uk

West London

Joan Wilmot (also Scotland) is a therapist working with individuals and couples in both London and Scotland. She is a co-founder and active member of Findhorn Playback Theatre and co-author of "the Boxing Clever Cookbook". She has a personal connection with stepfamilies in both her family of origin and her own family. She offers face to face, telephone and online counselling. Call: 0207 727 0702; 07974 115 028 or email: joan.wilmot@cstd.co.uk


Graham Shavick MA (prof org UKCP and MBACP) is a counsellor, psychotherapist and coach practising in Winchester. He previously worked for a MIND organisation, as a bereavement counsellor at a hospice and at the Arbours Crisis Centre. He has personal experience of stepfamily life and wrote a dissertation on men's experiences of their relationships with their children and stepchildren and the meanings they attach within these relationships. Call: 07734 297637 or email: Graham Shavick website: www.grahamshavickcounselling.co.uk


Vicky Cruz (Dip Gestalt, MBACP, Cert Couples, Metanoia) is a gestalt psychotherapist working with individuals (from the age of 14) and couples in Epsom, Surrey, on the NHS and in private practice. She has a background in primary education, specialising in music and has been a single parent to her own 4, now grown-up, children. Vicky has a personal and professional interest in step-families, particularly for the child who falls between the cracks of the ruptured family of origin and the newly created family. Her movement towards couples work came out of her desire to facilitate others to find their voice and place of belonging. Call: 07906 950752 website www.vickycruz-counselling.co.uk



Joan Wilmot - face to face, telephone and online counselling. See entry under West London.

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