How Can Stamford Counsellor

Andrew Brackenbury Support You?

As you're here, I'm guessing that life is feeling really difficult for you right now. Maybe you're feeling incredibly sad, and are looking for someone to share the load? Perhaps you feel like you're failing in life, or as though you're trapped on the wrong path and there's no turning in sight? Or maybe a sudden life event has left you so distressed it's hard to know where to begin?

If life feels like this, or anything similar, counselling can and really does help. But you may be wondering how? I clearly remember wondering that myself. I thought about seeing a counsellor for years, but I always found a reason not to. I didn't want to seem weak, didn't see myself as mentally ill, and if I'm honest, I was scared about what counselling would be like.

Yet when I took that step, it felt such a relief. Being able to talk openly was a release. Soon I felt more hopeful, and gradually I reconnected with what I really wanted and valued. I came to understand how my past had shaped me and so became more self-acceptant, learning to treat myself more kindly and no longer negatively comparing myself to others. I also learned new ways to manage anxiety, and found myself feeling calmer and more optimistic. It wasn't always easy, but I can honestly say that my first experience of counselling was literally life-changing.

Finding Hope

Put simply, counselling helped shift my glass from half empty to half full. By this, I don't mean being blindly optimistic. Far from it, in fact. This isn't some kind of a happy-ever-after miracle cure. It's more about developing a deep understanding that you are in fact good enough, so even when life hits you hard, you have the resources to cope, to find calm, to accept your emotions without fear, and an inner conviction that essentially you'll be ok no matter what.

Qualifications and Experience

Many years later, when a back injury let me to consider career change, I realised I wanted to help others make similar changes and trained as a psychotherapist / counsellor. I now offer face-to-face counselling in Stamford, Lincolnshire and online counselling to clients all over the UK. I am fully qualified with a Postgraduate Certificate in Person Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and a Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, plus other trainings along the way (see below). I've worked as a counsellor in a private practise in Leicester, for the mental health charity Mind, and the national bereavement charity Cruse.

Helping You Feel Comfortable

Thinking back to the first time I visited a counsellor, I know the thought of counselling can seem really awkward, strange, even scary. I get that choosing to open up takes courage, but I also know it can be the first step towards healing, growth, and a calmer, more fulfilled life. So it's my priority to help you feel comfortable and safe from the moment we first speak. 

Supporting You To Find Your Own Way

Together we would work through your worries and help you rediscover your sense of direction. By helping you understand your thoughts and feelings, recognise your own strengths and consider your options - perhaps even those you've already written off as impossible - I would support you to find your own way to make change happen.

Where appropriate, I would offer information about how your mind and body interrelate. This can help you gain a greater understanding of the way that life has shaped you and how present day events might trigger you. And when needed, I would invite you to try techniques to help soothe anxiety, and relieve stress, helping you find a new sense of calm.

Professional Expertise

  • Mind CPSL Changing Lives Counsellor 

  • Cruse Bereavement Counsellor

  • Counsellor at Rutland House Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Postgraduate Certificate (Level 7) in Person Centred and Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy 

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Level 5)

  • Cruse Bereavement Care Foundation Training Course

  • NAPAC Supporting Survivors of Childhood Abuse Training Programme

  • Men As Nurturers (Synergy Training)

  • Working with Clients Bereaved by Suicide (Lifecraft)

  • Cruse Bereavement Care Online Support Skills

  • Cruse Bereavement Care Telephone Listening Support Skills

  • Cruse Bereavement Care Working With Suicidal Clients Remotely

  • Cruse Bereavement Care Trauma Awareness

  • Cruse Bereavement Care Safeguarding

Time for Change?

Thanks for visiting and if you're thinking about counselling in Stamford, or by telephone or online elsewhere, and feeling like you'd like to take the next step, please telephone or text me on 07870 135986, or email me and I'll get back to you within 24 hours.
We would then arrange a free online or telephone consultation where we can work out whether I'd be the right person to support you. If we do decide to go ahead, we would then book a first session.

Get in touch

If you'd like to take the next step, feel free to contact me by phoning or texting 07870 135 986, or by filling in this form to arrange an initial online or telephone chat. This gives us a chance to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to therapy, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 07870 135 986. If I can't answer, please leave a message with your name and phone number and I'll call back as soon as I can. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have at any stage.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.

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