Peter Dorling, BA (Hons), M Ed, UKCP Registered Clinical Psychotherapist

Peter Dorling, BA (Hons), M Ed, UKCP Registered Clinical Psychotherapist

The Harbour
30 Frogmore Street

07807 855858

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About me

I offer Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy to individual clients seeking help (both long and short term), and, Group-Analytic Psychotherapy.

My intention is to offer the time and a confidential space for you to find the resources you need to address the difficulties which you are currently facing. These may be long-standing ones, that perhaps have roots in early life, or, those that have recently presented and for which you are seeking a deeper understanding and resolution.

In Individual Psychotherapy, there is the opportunity to focus intensively to your situation, make connections with past and current experience and discern new meanings, whilst being held within the richness,  safety and potential for in-depth understanding provided by the exclusive quality of the therapeutic relationship.

A major consequence arising from complex life events is (sometimes intense) social or emotional isolation, which in itself further compounds psychological suffering.  By way of addressing this, Group Analytic Therapy is a 'first choice treatment', and evokes an other-regarding dimension to therapy.  Its major emphasis is to encourage a strongly engaged quality of interaction between  group participants, who thereby become active in the group, on various levels.  The nature of the ensuing therapeutic exchanges comes to be highly valued, and is experienced as being affirming (if occasionally challenging).  This shared journey of transformation, through sustaining elements of honest and sensitive communication, helps to generate an atmosphere of solidarity and mutual trust, allowing for dimensions of creativity and spontaneity to emerge.

My approach is broadly psycho-dynamic, integrating inspiration, insight and personal experience of Group Analysis and Jungian Analysis; this is supported by participation in a variety of activities ensuring due continuation of professional development.

Training, qualifications & experience


Qualifying Course in Group Analysis: Group Analysis South West (GASW); registered with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and am a member of the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College (CPJA).

Introductory Course in Group Analysis: Institute of Group Analysis IGA (London)

Academic Qualifications:

Master of Education (Psychology of Education; eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society): University of Bristol.

BA (Hons) Humanities: The Open University.


The Harbour

I work at The Harbour, a registered charity which specialises in helping those affected directly, or, indirectly by life-threatening illness.  In this role I conduct long term and time-limited therapy groups, for those living with life-threatening illness, and, for those who are bereaved.  Alongside this, I see individual clients for counselling, in relation to the above-mentioned circumstances.

Private Practice

I work in private practice, offering psychotherapy to clients affected by a wide range of issues in which psychological suffering is salient.


Prior to this, I worked for several years in the NHS, providing group and individual psychotherapy in an out-patient context.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

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Initial Consultation: £45.00; 50 minutes - 1 Hour.

Individual Psychotherapy: £45.00 per 50 minute session is the usual fee; I have a sliding scale offering concessions for those of limited finances.

Group Analytic Therapy: £80.00 per month, for once-weekly 90-minute sessions.

Further information


I have over 35 years experience in mindfulness meditation (originating in an equally long-standing Buddhist practice).  On the basis of this,  I can offer instruction, and, guidance with whatever meditative / contemplative practice(s) may be most beneficial for you.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS1 5NA

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes


I have spaces 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday, with later evening availability on Wednesdays.

Types of client

Older adults