Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Peter MacFarlane

I am dedicated to offering high quality psychological services to the expat community here in Copenhagen, and am very proud of our teams of outstanding therapists and psychologists that make up the MacFarlane Psychology Group. 

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I received my Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in psychology from the University of Michigan, where I also had a 10 year career in research. I received my Masters (M.S.) and Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in clinical psychology from Ohio University.

I completed my internship at The Ohio State University, and am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) as well as a member of the Danish Psychotherapy Association (DPF).


I’ve spent well over 25 years in the states, and speak English fluently (to be honest, it’s a bit better than my Danish). Being a native of both the US and Denmark and having been an expat most of my life, gives me a personal perspective on being an expat/international, and living abroad.

Besides the expat focus, I have many years of experience in the assessment and psychotherapy treatment of most psychological concerns.

What happens in Therapy?

Duration and scheduling

Sometimes therapy lasts a few sessions, and sometimes therapy can be a much longer and deeper process. Many problems can be addressed satisfactorily in 10-20 sessions, yet some clients opt to stay in therapy longer to address more complicated concerns, or because they see a value in self-exploration and development.

How often do we meet?

Depending on your concerns, we will likely meet between 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 science is informing us of things that work, and things that don’t work. We must, as individual psychologists, stay abreast of the growing body of research, so that we can offer relief as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

My clinical work is informed by several theoretical approaches, mostly within the 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.

I look forward to working with you.

See my list of publications for more information about my research and educational background.

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