Douglas Channing – Sydney

Douglas Channing – Counsellor & Bodyworker

Brief Bio

Douglas is a qualified counsellor and bodyworker. He spent his early life working in Fashion, Publishing and Advertising before finding his passion for helping others within the health and community sectors. He has held numerous roles in non-profit and volunteer organisations that have provided services for individuals with physical and mental disabilities as well as providing support for the homeless and socially isolated.

As a massage therapist, counsellor and somatic exercise coach he currently works with individuals as well as facilitates workshops, trainings and retreats.

Douglas has studied a number of different approaches to counselling including person-centred, transpersonal and existential/humanistic. His current way of working is informed by Process Oriented Psychology, which works with both the body and the mind to guide people into a deeper state of awareness around their emotional and behavioural states. It is helpful for working with past trauma, anxiety and pain.

This process, works at a neurobiological level, to help promote a more balanced nervous system so that the client may become less reactive and triggered by events in their lives past and present. As a result of this process, the client develops emotional regulation and learns to trust and feel attuned to another person in order to feel more relaxed and connected in the world.

Qualifications

  • Candidate in Training  – International Society of Sandplay Therapy 2016
  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling – Metavision Institute, Bowral 2013
  • Graduate Certificate in Counselling – University of New England, Armidale 2009
  • Esalen Massage Certification – California, USA 2010
  • Diploma in Remedial Massage – Sydney 2008
  • Daoist and Qigong Certification Training, California, USA 2015

Memberships

  • Member – Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia, (PACFA).
  • Member – Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)

Douglas’s Story

I once read a book entitled, “ Who am I and if so how many”. The title grabbed my attention for no other reason, than for the fact that this has been a question that has occupied my mind for as long as I can remember.

In reflecting back over my life, I have always envied those people who grew up in safe and loving families; who were able to navigate the world with a sense of ease, achieving success in their endeavours and relationships.

My reality was quite different. I grew up in a mixed-raced family haunted by the twin ghosts of trauma and abuse. This legacy shaped me into a nervous, driven individual, completely ill at ease with the world around me, and desperately seeking some sort of peace of mind.

It’s probably no wonder I became a self-help junkie and spiritual seeker. At 18, I enrolled in my first self-help workshop aptly titled: ‘The Possible Human’. It was everything I dreamt of being, physically strong, mentally sharp and full of creative potential.

Of course it didn’t stop there and so on it went through my twenties course after course on how to: ‘Awaken the Giant Within’, developing  ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, and so on. Then in my early thirties things suddenly took a sharp turn East. I entered into the world of Tantra and the awakening of the Kundalini Serpent, living in harmony with the Dao and exploring inner alchemy through the Chinese practice of Qigong as well as exploring five-element theory through Balinese martial arts.

I then came full circle and entered into the worlds of Anthroposophy and Jungian psychology. Rooted in Western thought, both traditions acknowledge the spiritual aspect of our being and embrace the worlds of soul, myth and archetypes. I began to appreciate what the Ancient Greeks such as Aristotle and Epicurus meant by the ‘good life’.

At 42, my life literally came to a shattering halt. While playing with my niece I crashed through a glass door just missing a major artery that would have ended my life, but tore open the tendons and nerves in my leg. For 6 months I was bed ridden and watched everything fall away; my career, my business and my health.

During that time, I realised that for so long I had been searching to find oneness in myself where I would feel complete. What I came to understand, just like the title of the book I mentioned earlier, is that I am not one thing, but many parts and that’s what makes me whole.

We are living in an age of astonishing complexity and on some level all of us are trying to make some sort of sense of who we are and what life is all about. I know that in order to be a whole person we need to open ourselves up, to be vulnerable and to be able to navigate our moods as they take hold of us. We need to find a language to articulate our deepest needs and desires. Carl Jung created the term ‘wounded healer’ to understand what his patients were experiencing because he himself had felt the same pain.  I hope that through my in depth exploration of the human soul I may be able to walk along side you in your own discovery of your soul.

I look forward to working with you and hearing your story.

Douglas Channing

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