Dr Peter Slater


D. Psych; MA; BA (Hons.)

Dr Peter Slater is an adult psychoanalytic/ integrative psychotherapist who is an accredited member of the BACP and who works with individuals and couples who present with a wide range of presentations including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders, relationship and attachment issues. He has worked in private practice for 18 years.

He is also a highly specialist child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist who has worked for 15 years in NHS settings and works with parents and infants, young children, adolescents, parents and families. He was trained and obtained his professional doctorate in child psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic in London where he has also worked as a visiting lecturer. He has also held a visiting lecturer post at the Anna Freud Centre.

Peter works psychoanalytically with children and young people who present with the following issues:

  • Depression, Loss, Bereavement

  • Separation anxiety

  • General anxiety, aggression or other behavioural disorders

  • Emerging Personality Disorders

  • Learning difficulties

  • Feeding issues, eating disorders/self-harming behaviours, suicidal ideation

  • Developmental disorders (Autism, Aspergers, ADHD)

  • Children, young people suffering from early experiences of abuse, neglect or deprivation

  • Children and young people who are fostered or adopted

Peter is trained to offer open ended psychotherapy or short tern or brief interventions. He is fully trained in Mentalization Based Treatments (MBT) with adolescents and families and has extensive experience of working with parents, couples. Mentalization based treatment is an evidenced based treatment for young people with emerging personality disorders and adults with borderline personality disorder. 

Peter offers a full psychotherapy assessment which will include formulation and treatment plans.


Peter has run parent workshops on managing teenagers who are depressed and who self- harm as well as offering consultations in schools with parents and staff groups on the emotional factors in teaching and learning. He offers specialist clinical supervision and academic supervision at Masters and PHD level.

More recently he has worked as a Senior Lecturer at Auckland University where he designed and delivered New Zealand’s only child and adolescent psychotherapy training programme. He has published a number of articles in peer reviewed journals including the role and function of violence in boys (Journal of child psychotherapy August 2014 , vol 40 (2) pp150-173) and the role of peer counselling projects in schools in alleviating anxiety around transitions (Counselling and Psychotherapy Research July 2004, vol 4 (1)pp 72-79 ) Group work with adolescents  Ata: Journal of Psychotherapy of New Zealand, Aotearoa, Meltzer’s theory of dimensionality:Intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy with an adopted 6 year old girl.

Open access peer-reviewed chapter - ONLINE FIRST

Anxiety: The Dizziness of Freedom—The Developmental Factors of Anxiety as Seen through the Lens of Psychoanalytic Thinking

By Dr Peter Slater

Submitted: February 25th 2019 Reviewed: May 9th 2019 Published: June 24th 2019

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.86765



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