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People come to counselling when they are “down and troubled, and they need a helping hand” (to paraphrase the old James Taylor song). Or rather, they come when they need a helping ear; when they need helpful conversations.

Sometimes talking to a trusted friend can be enough. But when the issues are delicate or personal, that may not be possible or appropriate. Here counselling can offer a safe, neutral, supportive space for us to tell our stories. Where we can explore troublesome experiences or aspects of ourselves, without fear of judgement. Where we will be helped to deepen our understanding and compassion for ourselves, and to mobilise our own capacities for healing, growth and renewal.

As a qualified and experienced Person-Centred counsellor, I have been offering such helpful conversations to my clients since 2011 – mostly in private practice, but also for a long while as a volunteer counsellor at Pilton Community Health Project.

I can work alongside you to help you through a difficult patch in your life, maybe involving stresses at work or in your relationships, or to help you in your search for direction or meaning in your life. Or our work together might involve explorations of longer term difficulties, such as persistent experiences of anxiety or depression.

Or you might be carrying the burden of old, untold (and hence unresolved) experiences from your past, of neglect say, or of bullying and abuse – physical or psychological. I have particular experience in helping people to process the impacts of such traumatic early life events, helping them give voice to parts of themselves and their experience that have maybe been hidden – so that they can lose their ‘charge’ and hold over us, enabling us to move forwards in our lives in more satisfying ways.

Whatever your difficulty, I will work with you in ways which are respectful and collaborative, offering conversations grounded in openness, compassion and insight.

In this way I have helped people experiencing a wide range of difficulties, including:

anxiety, depression, stress, loss and bereavement, low self-esteem, relationship problems, trauma, bullying and abuse.

Meditation and Mindfulness

I have practiced meditation for over 20 yrs, and can offer my clients simple relaxation and mindfulness techniques, where these might be helpful - for example to help clients calm and ground themselves during anxiety or panic attacks, and to build resilience against such attacks.

Professional Registration

I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), and abide by their code of ethics.

My Practice

I practice from a lovely room at 49 E Crosscauseway (formerly Compass Counselling), on Edinburgh's Southside. This is a quiet street just by Saisbury Crags - close to Edinburgh University and to many city bus routes. There is ample on-street parking. There is also an abundance of local cafes, should you arrive early, or wish to reflect afterwards.
The room is Wheelchair Accessible.

I also practice nearby at The Salisbury Centre, 2 Salisbury Road, EH16 5AB

Introductory Sessions

If you feel that you might be interested in working with me, then please get in touch (either by phone or email) to arrange an introductory session.

Training, qualifications & experience

Originally a biologist (with a keen interest in human development - biological, cultural and psychological)), I have been involved in personal growth and support work, including body work (Chi Gong) and meditation, for over 20 years.

I began formal counselling training in 2007, studying for the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills, and progressed from this to COSCA's Further Steps in Counselling Skills, and then to the Post Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling at Glasgow Strathclyde University.

I have been in practice for over 10 years, and am a registered member (MBACP) of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and follow their code of ethics.

Member organisations


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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£30 for initial session

£60 per session thereafter, payable after each session

£40 Students/concessions


Week days and evenings.

49 E Crosscauseway
(Compass Counselling)

The Salisbury Centre
2 Salisbury Road
EH16 5AB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

My room at 49 E Crosscauseway is wheelchair accessible

Charles Durning

Charles Durning