Peter MacFarlane, Ph.D.
I received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan, where I also had a 10 year career in research and teaching. I received my M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Ohio University. I completed my internship at The Ohio State University, and am a proud member of the American Psychological Association (APA). After living over 25 years in the United States I moved back to Denmark some years ago 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 particularly interested and invested in offering psychological services to English speaking expats now living in Denmark. I have many years of experience in the treatment of most psychological concerns, and work hard to adjust my approach to the clients' specific needs and concerns.
What happens in therapy
You may have concerns about going to therapy, perhaps for the first time, so let me share a little information about what happens in therapy with me. During the first session I ask a lot of questions to better understand your concerns as well as their background, context and any co-existing difficulties. Towards the end of this first session we then talk about ways to address your concerns. In my experience, most people leave their first session with new hope and at least some ideas about how we can work together to help you change.
I approach psychotherapy in different ways depending on your needs and the concerns you are seeking to resolve. In general I can say that my role is often one of organizing and exploring, sometimes educating and sometimes challenging, but always supportive. Your therapy should be a time for the development of new ideas, deepening your self-knowledge, and emotional exploration. Such growth commonly best can take place in a supportive and open environment.
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Duration and scheduling
Psychotherapy can take anywhere from one session to a few years. Many problems can be addressed satisfactorily in 10-20 sessions, yet many clients opt to stay in therapy longer to address more complicated concerns.
Depending on the difficulties you want therapy for, and your ability to work on your concerns between sessions, the frequency of sessions will likely 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 informing treatment
I believe strongly that, for psychological treatment to be as effective as possible, the psychologist must be grounded in theory and research. The science of psychology and psychological treatment is growing up very fast, and there are new approaches and treatment modalities being developed all the time. The knowledge base that has been harvested has changed how therapists do therapy. And rightly so. We, as therapists, must stay abreast of research efforts so that we can offer relief as quickly and efficiently as possible. My clinical work is informed by several theoretical directions, mostly within the categories of humanistic and cognitive orientations. 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. There is also a whole host of tools you can use on your own or with some training, that can be tremendously helpful in the treatment of mood disorders and the anxieties. I look forward to working with you.
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