Peter MacFarlane, Ph.D.

I received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan, my M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Ohio University, and completed my internship at The Ohio State University. After 25 years in the states I have moved back to Denmark and offer psychological services in the Copenhagen area.

Being a native of both the US and Denmark and having been an expat most of my life, I am well positioned to offer psychological services to English speaking expats now living in Denmark. I have more than 10 years of experience in the treatment of most concerns, and work hard to adjust my approach to the clients' specific needs and concerns.

What happens in therapy:

You may worry about your first session of therapy. However, it is my experience that people often leave their first session with new hope about their situation and ideas about how to begin to change. 
 
During the first session I will ask a series of questions to better understand the background and context of your concerns. We will also explore potential ways of beginning to address your concerns. These may include activities you can do at home or they may focus on planning for following sessions.
 
I approach psychotherapy in a number of different ways depending on your needs and the concerns you are seeking to resolve. My role is often one of organizing and probing, sometimes educating and sometimes challenging, but always supportive. Your therapy should be a place for the development of new ideas, deepening of self-knowledge and emotional exploration.

Duration and scheduling:

Psychotherapy can take anywhere from one session to a few years. Though some problems can be addressed satisfactorily in a few sessions, many clients opt to stay in therapy longer to address more complicated concerns.
Depending on the concern and your ability to work on your concerns between sessions, the frequency of sessions will be from once a week to once a month, often becoming less frequent as you make progress.
When you are ready, I will urge you to take an active role in deciding how therapy should progress. Therapy is best when it is a collaborative process.

Science and psychotherapy:

For psychological treatment to be as effective as possible, the psychologist must be grounded in theory and research. My clinical work is informed by several theoretical orientations, mostly within the broader categories of humanistic and cognitive orientations. More specifically, I am Client Centered (CCT) and Emotion Focused (EFT) and I utilize specific treatment methods of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). These methods of treatment are well researched and have proven themselves effective in the treatment of a broad array of behavioral and emotional difficulties.

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