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.)
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer your first 1 hour 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 is £40 per one hour session. For those travelling some distance, I can offer 1.5 hrs for £55. My suggestion is that initially, we have weekly sessions, but I can be very flexible based on your availability.
"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.
So if you have read about me and think we could work together, I work in Inverness on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Tuesday afternoon, Thursday 10-5pm
Types of client