Peter Dorling

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Peter Dorling

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My Approach

I am a qualified Group Analyst working in private practice and am also employed part-time in a charity; I see individual clients, for both long and short term work, and, conduct therapy groups along Group-Analytic principles. Whatever the modality, the initial communication between the client and I, helps to develop 'working alliance', which means that the therapeutic dialogue that emerges has the client's psychological well-being as its central focus. Within the context of a therapy group, the group-as-a-whole is what can, in part, function as 'therapist', under the observation and guidance of the group conductor, who will sometimes engage directly with individual members, as well as the entire group. I aim to work in a 'relational' way, which means that the therapeutic relationship is regarded as being of central importance, and in the group situation, this is naturally expanded to included all the interactions in the group, which can be thought about and commented on as being integral to the therapeutic journey.
Fees (Individual Therapy): 50 minutes: £50.00 (some reduced fee spaces); Group Therapy: £100 / month, for once weekly 90 minute sessions.

About Me

The Initial Meeting - The purpose of the initial meeting is to allow a process of mutual evaluation to occur, in which we can arrive at the best approach to treatment.  Group and Individual Therapy are both effective means to change.  As your therapist, my focus is in initiating a shared inquiry in which we identify what modality is right for you at this point in your life.

Psychotherapy helps with emergent life challenges, especially where relating to self and others is central.  It can also help elucidate questions concerning direction in life and offer support and understanding during times of transition, and is a context where we can look at repeated self-limiting patterns of relating or action.  I can offer either individual psychotherapy, or, a group setting in which clients find mutual encouragement and challenge to explore their lives, consider their connections with others, accept losses and discover new perspectives.

In therapy we work with experience (past and current), thoughts, feelings and perceptions of all kinds in order to make sense of and resolve suffering.  Very often, clues to the direction we need to find, or other important factors hidden to consciousness are discovered in the unconscious.  Dreams and other sources of symbolic material are valued within the sessions as indications of how the deeper psyche is seeking to help generate a more integrating, constructive and satisfying engagement with life as a whole. Within a therapy group, learning to become open to others' contributions and attentiveness can provide unexpected and refreshing perspectives on your specific issues, just as your individual communications may be of help to others, or the group as an 'entity' in its own right.

I work with

  • Groups
  • Individuals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Group Analyst

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Relationships
  • Spirituality
  • Terminal Illness

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy

UKCP College

  • Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College (CPJAC)

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