Hi, I'm Peter. I work with individual adults and couples on a range of issues, especially relationships. I am also a counselling supervisor (mentor) and a member of the British and International EFT (Emotionally Focussed Therapy) communities. I work with Counselling Highland (what many think of as ‘Relate’). I also use their offices in View Place Inverness as a central location for my private work.
Counselling is sometimes called ‘talking therapy’ - a process to help you sort out in your head something that’s troubling you or causing mental pain – a loss, a relationship problem, depression, self-esteem, anxiety… the list can be long. Our job as counsellors is to provide a safe, confidential space and an approach for you to explore some aspect of your life, and hopefully move on or come to terms with something that can't be changed.
I believe everyone has an issue that would benefit from being unpacked without being judged and then viewed differently. Dare I say that most guys are more likely to try and sort stuff out for ourselves, bury it, or mask it with alcohol or drugs. But that only seems to help for so long then, as I’m fond of saying, ‘if you’re in a hole, stop digging’ - it’s time to look at the problem differently. This first step to healing can take courage, but sometimes it’s easier to talk to someone independent, especially if you know you won’t be judged or shamed. I know what it's like to be a client.
Most counsellors, usually as a requirement of their training, have had counselling themselves and I’m no exception. Thus I have a deep understanding of how we go through adjusting to major changes and what it’s like to be a client. It’s helped me get through the university of life and reach a grounded place that counsellors need to keep their own stuff out of the counselling room and focus on you.
I use an 'integrative approach' - that is, I draw from a number of psychological disciplines. More information on this and my work on my website.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Relationship Counselling, Diploma in Counselling Supervision, 8 years post-qualification experience.
In a previous life I worked to develop individuals and organisations through coaching and facilitation, gaining an MSc along the way and becoming a qualified NLP Practitioner. (Neuro-linguistic Programming is a toolkit for thinking and communicating.)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer your first 50 minute session for £20 to allow us both an opportunity to discover whether we can work together, since a first session is mostly ‘getting to know you’.
Thereafter, the cost at the moment for counselling is £40 per 50 minute session.
"How many sessions will it take?" is a question I’m often asked. ‘I don’t know’ is my answer. I’ve seen some clients for 2 years or more, but for most, after a few months of weekly sessions, they have moved on sufficiently to end counselling. Usually, we would initially agree to have 5-6 sessions then a review before moving on.
If you would like more information or to arrange an initial session, please call me, Peter Dunn on 0775 971 9945 or email me.
In common with most counsellors, I do not offer a crisis service. If you need to talk to someone right now, perhaps call the Samaritans or Breathing Space.