My name is Charles Durning, and Peacetalk
is my Edinburgh-based counselling practice.
I hope the name 'Peacetalk' suggests something of
the feel, and the focus of my practice - that I offer
a calm and accepting space for the resolution of
difficulty through the simple medium of talking,
and the understanding that arises from that.
It is my firm belief, grounded both in personal experience, and in my practice as a counsellor, that
we each carry within us all that we need to live lives which are satisfying to us - but that we may at
times need help to recognise and to utilize this capacity; especially if our connection to it has
been compromised - either through life experience or circumstance.
Sometimes conversations with close friends
can be enough. But when difficulty is deep or
understanding scarce (and self-belief possibly
fragile), then counselling can offer a special kind
of conversation: one dedicated to the deepening
of understanding and to the mobilisation of our
inner resources - and so to the dissolution of
barriers to growth and fulfillment.
My aim as
a Person-Centred counsellor is to nurture my client's own understanding
of themselves and their circumstances - and empower them to act from this position of
I have found this approach to be highly effective with clients experiencing many kinds of
anxiety, depression, panic attacks, loss of direction, grief and bereavement,
childhood trauma, low self-esteem, eating problems and relationship issues.