Claire Ratcliffe (MBACP) Counselling & Supervision

Claire Ratcliffe (MBACP) Counselling & Supervision

43-47 Middle Hillgate
Labyrinth Business Centre

07830 906822

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43-47 Middle Hillgate
Labyrinth Business Centre

07830 906822

About me

When most people seek the support of a counsellor or therapist, they're often looking to 'fix' a problem. Something might just not feel quite 'right' or you may be consciously aware of what your issue is. You may have tried several ways to work through this already. 

Therapy can provide an opportunity for a healthy, positive change which can help you move towards a richer, more fulfilled life.

I believe the key element in successful therapy is the relationship between therapist and client.  I will support you in identifying what it is you would like to work through in therapy, and work with you to get to the place you would like to be.

I welcome the opportunity to explore with you what you would like to work through, and how to make genuine changes which feel right for you.

I offer both brief, and long-term therapy for adults, couples, and young people.

I am committed to providing a confidential, secure, and caring environment to explore and work through your difficulties.

If you have any queries, or would like to arrange a session please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience


I have 14 years experience of working in a helping capacity, and have been working as a therapist since 2010 using Integrative Therapy.

Integrative Psychotherapy is a form of therapy that combines various psychological theories.
I have undertaken several forms of counselling and psychotherapy training, and have found a way to blend them together to produce good results for my clients.
Integrative Psychotherapy is a holistic approach, which takes into account your mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.

My main areas of experience include working with: Relationship issues, same sex relationships, Abuse - (emotional, physical and sexual), separation and divorce, affairs, sexuality issues (LGBT), coming out, identity development, shame, childhood related issues, stress, bereavement, loss, insecurity, family issues, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and many more.

Alongside my private practice I have also worked within a unit specialising in working with those who have experienced sexual abuse, and areas surrounding this.

I have extensive experience counselling staff in the Occupational Health Division within the NHS, also within local GP surgeries, and other counselling organisations within Greater Manchester.

I accept referrals from solicitors, schools, Universities, GP's and other organisations and counselling services.

Marriage & Relationship Counselling

I am trained in working with couples at various stages in their relationship.  Relationship counselling allows you to work through problems in your current relationship, look at how past relationships may be affecting your current one and explore ways of improving and strengthening your relationships in the future.

Training & Qualifications

Diploma in Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in Counselling Concepts
101 Transactional Analysis Certificate
Certificate in Couples & Relationship Counselling
Advanced Certificate in Couples & Relationship Counselling
Workshop: TA (Transactional Analysis) and working with couples
Foundation Training in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
Diploma in Social Care
Certificate in Child & Adolescent Studies
Certificate in Supervision - Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy

I am currently studying on a 4 year training course at the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy towards a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy.

- 5 years experience working within Mental Health Rehabilitation Services.
- 3 years experience counselling staff who work within the NHS.
- 3 years experience counselling Local Authority staff.
- 2 years experience counselling for a therapy centre in Manchester.
- 2 years experience counselling in GP surgeries.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Individual counselling for adults & young people (ages 14 upward)

Couples & Relationship counselling

Supervision for both students and qualified counsellors

Staff support / supervision within organisations

I also accept EAP referrals


I offer a free telephone consultation prior to making an appointment. If you then decide you would like to book a session:

£40 - £45 per 50 mins for individuals

£50 per 60 mins for couples

*Administration costs may be incurred if reports are required.

For Supervision fees please refer to my supervision profile.

I provide a limited number of reduced cost therapy places (daytime sessions only) to those on low incomes, state benefits and students, including trainee counsellors.  Please enquire for details.

Daytime & Evening appointments are available on weekdays

I run a private practice in Stockport which is conveniently located within walking distance from the train station and major bus routes.

I am within easy reach from Marple, Glossop, Cheadle, Bramhall, Altrincham, Central Manchester, Wilmslow, Didsbury, Chorlton and other surrounding areas.

There is free parking available at the rear of the building.

For more info you can look me up on Twitter - @CRCounselling
or find me on Facebook

Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.  If I am unable to answer your call please leave a voicemail and I will get back to you at the earliest opportunity.  All calls, emails and texts are treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Further information

To ensure I can help clients in the best way possible I enhance my professional practice by regularly working in supervision, therapy and participating in professional learning programmes.

I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and adhere to their ethical framework and guidelines. 

I am a member of UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis)

I am fully and comprehensively insured.

I hold a current and up to date DBS.

I also offer supervision for students and qualified counsellors.
Please refer to my supervision profile, alternatively contact me via email or telephone for further information.


All therapy I provide is confidential. There are some situations, however, when I will not guarantee this. If I consider you are in danger of hurting yourself or someone else I will break confidentiality. However, this is discussed and agreed between us at intake.

Maps & Directions

Stockport, SK1 3DG

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Daytime & evening appointments are available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I completed my Supervision training at The Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy and offer Supervision for both qualified and student Counsellors.

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