Charles Durning, PG Dip Counselling, Reg MBACP
Every problem contains its own solution; every distress its resolution.
This principle lies at the heart of my counselling practice. It is rooted in my own experience (over 20 years) of personal growth and support work - and in the journeys I have seen my clients make from dis-ease and difficulty, towards ease (with themselves and with their stories) and growth.
Such a possibility can appear distant at times, especially if our ability to access our own resources has been compromised, either through life experience or circumstance. But by exploring our experience of ourselves (and of the world) in the safe, supportive setting of the counselling relationship, we can learn to recognize and trust our own truth - and develop the capacity to act upon it.
Each person’s pathway into, and through, their own particular difficulty, is of course unique. But as a Person-Centred counsellor I offer the support, and understanding you might need to find your way forwards. By helping you to recognise, and utilize, your own inherent capacities for growth and renewal, I can enable you to move through difficulty - towards understanding, resilience and growth.
In this way I have helped clients to overcome many kinds of personal difficulty, including:
anxiety, depression, stress, loss and bereavement, low self-esteem, relationship problems, eating disorders, trauma, bullying and abuse.
I have a particular interest in inner critic work - often a key factor in depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.
Trauma and Personality Disorders
I offer a trauma-aware approach to the treatment of personality 'disorders'. My academic background in biology informs my understanding of the neurophysiological basis of trauma, while my personal experience of overcoming the effects of acute childhood trauma has deepened my understanding of the way such negative impacts can profoundly affect our experience of ourselves and our way of being in the world, ie our personality.
Together these understandings, both theoretical and personal, help me to support my clients to express, integrate and ultimately transcend their own experiences of trauma, through the process of counselling.
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.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), and abide by their code of ethics.
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.
If you feel that you might be interested in working with me, then please get in touch (either by phone or email) to arrange a half-price introductory session (£20).
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 5 years, and am a registered member (MBACP) of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and follow their code of ethics. As well as my private practice (Peacetalk Counselling), I am a counsellor at the Pilton Community Health Project in Edinburgh.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Dependent personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£30 for an initial introductory session, and £50 per session thereafter, payable after each session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Week days and evenings.
Types of client