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    Petra Hassall has been working in the field of psychotherapy for over fifteen years.

    During her career she has encountered a broad range of emotional and psychological problems and now specialises in seeing clients coping with a relationship breakdown.

    Petra's work is grounded in a training that combines both the fundamentals of psychodynamic psychotherapy with the broader use of dreams, imagination and creative play.

    To gain an initial understanding of the client's situation a review of significant past relationships is undertaken; underlying patterns are identified, and their origins analyzed from a psychodynamic perspective. The more spontaneous possibilities of creative imagination and dream work are then included.

    Creative play helps loosen entrenched and often negative thought patterns, offering a fresh and sometimes surprising perspective on who we believe we are. When used in conjunction with a thorough analysis of childhood relationships, dreams and creative imagination can help reveal a client's emotional landscape in greater depth and nuance.

    The other main focus for Petra's work is to carefully monitor how she and the client are responding to each other in the session. Occasionally a client develops strongly positive and/or negative feelings for their therapist, in a way that is very familiar to them. When this happens, opportunity for insight is strong, as both parties can witness a relationship pattern whilst it's forming.

    The boundaried and professional environment which psychotherapy offers, allows the client to encounter and reflect upon powerful feelings in a safe and containing atmosphere.

    Relationship breakdowns often powerfully highlight how an individual perceives both themselves and their closest relationships. In seeking to make sense of what's happened, the possibility exists for exploration and change.

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    Petra Hassall Integrative Psychotherapist

    UKCP - registered

    Petra trained at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy on a five year integrative course. Whilst the training incorporated a number of different ideas and approaches, an emphasis was placed on accessing the unconscious mind through the use of creative imagination and dream analysis.

    Petra has worked in both the private and charitable sectors, most notably the South London based charity Kids Company. She is the author of 'Such is Love', a series of interlinking romantic tales that illustrate how to create a positive and successful relationship.

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    For appointments call 07910 823668.

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