Dariel Pertwee Counselling and Psychotherapy in Fulham & Chelsea, South West London

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An accredited Psychotherapist & Counsellor based in Fulham & Chelsea, South West London

What is Psychotherapy & Counselling?

We often ignore or bury painful experiences from the past even though they can continue to affect the way we behave and think in the present. Exploring these experiences results in a deeper understanding of yourself and others.

A psychotherapeutic or counselling relationship involves conversations with a listener who is trained to help give you the tools to change the things that are troubling you. It can be beneficial to talk to an experienced therapist with an unbiased perspective, who is not connected to your family or friends.

What is the difference between Psychotherapy and Counselling?

Counselling and Psychotherapy are often considered to be interchangeable therapies that overlap in a number of ways. Most counsellors will have had a shorter and less intensive training than psychotherapists. Even though there is no distinct difference between psychotherapy and counselling, the latter tends to focus more on immediate external difficulties and helping the client with problem solving skills, whereas psychotherapy focuses on working with clients for a longer-term and draws from insight into emotional problems, difficulties and past experience.

How long does each counselling session last?

Each session lasts 50 minutes. We usually meet on the same day and time each week. There is no right or wrong length of time for therapy, so how long many sessions you have with a counsellor can vary, and you can decide to end counselling at any point. Feeling comfortable and establishing a sense of trust of the therapist takes time. This explains why therapy should not be considered as a 'quick fix'.

Short term work usually lasts for about 8-12 weeks or I can offer longer term open ended sessions.

Isn’t Psychotherapy self-indulgent?

Not in the least. You could equally say that it is self-indulgent to inflict your emotional problems on yourself, your family and your friends. It is brave to expose your self to the process of Psychotherapy which can feel liberating but also unnerving and painful. You may have difficult issues you would rather bury, but with the support of a counselling relationship, people usually find themselves becoming much less self-absorbed. The world opens up and they stop being so miserably trapped in their own heads.

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