Seeking counseling can be difficult for many reasons. This may be your first time or you are considering getting back into therapy after a break. It can be difficult to open up about personal problems, yet tremendously beneficial. I will do what I can to help, in part by creating a safe and confidential space in which you can explore new and potentially fruitful ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.

My name is Peter MacFarlane. I have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University and am fluent in English as I have recently returned to Denmark after 25 years in the United States. I offer a broad range of psychological services to english speaking adult individuals and couples, and further have expertise in expatriation and cultural concerns. I have offices in central Copenhagen, near Rådhus Pladsen and Tivoli.

Therapist Corner

Does Therapy Really Work?

In a now classic paper, Dr. Seligman (Seligman, 1995) reports on one of the biggest studies ever performed on the effectiveness of psychotherapy; the Consumer Reports study (November, 1995).

He summarized that:

"Averaged over all mental health professionals, of the 426 people who were feeling very poor when they began therapy, 87% were feeling very good, good, or at least so-so by the time of the survey." (Seligman, 1995.) 

"Of the 786 people who were feeling fairly poor at the outset, 92% were feeling very good, good, or at least so-so by the time of the survey." (Seligman, 1995.)

"Long-term therapy produced more improvement than short-term therapy." (Seligman, 1995.)

"The advantages of long-term treatment by a mental health professional held not only for the specific problems that led to treatment, but for a variety of general functioning scores as well: ability to relate to others, coping with everyday stress, enjoying life more, personal growth and understanding, self-esteem and confidence." (Seligman, 1995.)

So, YES, Therapy works! 87 to 92% of those seeking treatment, improved significantly. Long term is better than short term, but short term works pretty well too. And, finally, active participation in your therapy will yield better results.

-- Seligman, M. E. P. (1995). The effectiveness of psychotherapy: The Consumer Reports study. American Psychologist, 50, 965–974. 

-- Consumer Reports. (1995, November). Mental health: Does therapy help? pp. 734-739.