Peter Dorling, M Ed, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
I offer 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.
Group Analytic Therapy is a 'first choice treatment' to help resolve difficulties arising from complex life events. You may be struggling with social or emotional isolation, which in itself further compounds psychological suffering. Being in a group encourages an other-regarding dimension to therapy. Its major emphasis is to foster 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).
General Introductory Course in Group Analysis: Institute of Group Analysis IGA), (London
University of Bristol: Master of Education (Psychology of Education; eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society).
The Open University: BA (Hons) Humanities.
I work in private practice, offering short and longer term psychotherapy to clients affected by a wide range of issues for which a talking therapy can help. In the sessions we create an environment in which qualities of insight, reflection and communication are generated and honoured.
I also 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.
Prior to this, I worked for several years in the NHS, providing group and individual psychotherapy in an out-patient context.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer 'walk and talk' therapy (which could also include being seated); by taking therapy into the natural environment, many psychological and physical health benefits become more readily accessible. Direct contact with nature is something many people find conducive to relaxation, enhancing and and sustaining well-being, and, reduction in stress. There are various suitable and beautiful locations , where can work in and around Bristol, including Ashton Court.
Introductory Phone Conversation: Free; 20 minutes.
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: £90.00 per month, for once-weekly 90-minute sessions.
Concessions offered for
With the various restrictions imposed because of Covid-19 I am working remotely via Zoom and by phone. As restrictions lift, I will resume face-to-face working.
Additionally, I am offering 'walk and talk' therapy for those clients who would like to be out in nature. There are many benefits to mental, emotional and physical health from being in contact with the natural environment.. One venue is Ashton Court, but others are possible, including any you may wish to suggest.