Peter MacFarlane, Ph.D.
Coming to therapy for the first time, or returning after taking a break, can be difficult. You may have some concerns, so let me share a little information about what happens in therapy. During the first session I ask a lot of questions to better understand your concerns. Towards the end of this first session we will also talk about ways to address your concerns. Though it can be a difficult thing to do, most people leave their first session with new hope and some ideas about how we can work together.
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 am dedicated to offering high quality psychological services to the expat community here in Copenhagen, and am proud of our team of outstanding therapists that make up the MacFarlane Psychology group.
I've spent well over 25 years in the states, and speak English and Danish fluently. Being a native of both the US and Denmark and having been an expat most of my life, I'd like to think that I have a personal perspective on being an expat or an international, living abroad. Besides the expat focus, I also have many years of experience in the assessment and psychotherapy treatment of most psychological concerns.
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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 stay abreast of growing body of research 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.
I look forward to working with you.
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