Claire Ratcliffe MBACP/UKCP - Psychotherapist, Supervisor & Couples Therapist
There are many reasons why people choose to come to therapy. For some, it can be a sense of discomfort, an internal struggle, or perhaps an external trigger has pushed you towards seeking support.
Therapy can be an empowering experience, supporting you to reconnect with yourself, to notice and take care of your needs, bringing you self awareness, healing, and a deeper sense of security.
I work to provide clients with a safe and attuned therapeutic experience. This gives you the space to look at old patterns of behaviour that are no longer serving you, supporting you to make healthier changes, moving you forward into a place of authenticity.
My main training and theoretical background is Transactional Analysis & Integrative Psychotherapy.
I offer both short-term and long-term therapy for adults, couples, and groups.
I am committed to providing a confidential, secure, and supportive 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 16 years experience of working in a therapeutic capacity. I have been working as a therapist since 2010, and have been working with couples and other variations of relationships since 2013.
Alongside my private practice I have have experience working within units specialised in working with those who have experienced sexual abuse/assault and areas surrounding this. I have also worked within prison services providing Psychotherapy for women who have experienced trauma.
I have extensive experience counselling staff in the Occupational Health Division within the NHS, and within local GP surgeries. I spent several years facilitating stress, anxiety, and resilience training for staff who work within the NHS. In addition to this, I have significant experience working within Mental Health Rehabilitation services.
I provide individual and group supervision for staff within various organisations in Greater Manchester.
Relationship & Couples Counselling
I am a fully trained and qualified relationship therapist, and have been working with couples, polyamorous & other relationship variations since 2013. I work with heterosexual and same sex couples who are at various stages in their relationship. Relationship counselling allows you to work through issues 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.
Relationship/Couples Therapy Training
• Certificate in Couples & Relationship Counselling
• Advanced Certificate in Couples & Relationship Counselling
• Advanced Certificate in Working with Affairs & Trauma
• Workshop: TA (Transactional Analysis) and Working with Couples
• Workshop: Can We Repair After the Affair
• Workshop: Forgiveness After the Affair
• Workshop: The Symbiotic Power Struggles in Relationships
• Workshop: Domestic Abuse Awareness
• Workshop: BDSM/Kink
• Workshop: Infidelity & Trauma in Relationships
Psychotherapy & Counselling Training
• Post Graduate Diploma in Transactional Analysis & Integrative Psychotherapy.
• Diploma in Integrative Counselling.
• Certificate in Counselling Skills
• Certificate in Counselling Concepts
• 101 Transactional Analysis Certificate
• Advanced Certificate in Trauma Informed Practice
• Certificate in Supervision - Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy
• Certificate in Working with Eating Disorders and Obesity
•Certificate in Working with Groups
• Certificate in Understanding Autism (ASD)/Asperger Syndrome
• Workshop: The Inner World of Asperger’s
• Workshop: Introduction to Child Development
• Workshop: Neurobiology & Human Development
• Workshop: Understanding ADHD
• Workshop: Neurodiversity
Short Term Courses
• Foundation Training in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
• Diploma in Social Care
• Certificate in Child & Adolescent Studies
• Workshop: Transgender Awareness
• Workshop: Development of the Self
• Workshop: Attachment Theory & Psychotherapy
• Workshop: Metaphors in Therapy
• Workshop: Psychology of Sexualised Trauma
• Workshop: Working with Addiction
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Telephone & Online sessions available
Supervision for both qualified counsellors, and counsellors in training.
Staff support / Clinical & Reflective Supervision within organisations (Individuals & Groups)
I accept EAP referrals (Employee Assistance Programme)
I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation prior to making an appointment. If you then decide you would like to book a session:
Individual Therapy Session - £50 (50 minutes)
Couples Therapy Session - £70 (60 minutes)
Telephone and online sessions are also available.
*Administration costs may be incurred if reports are required.
For Supervision fees please refer to my supervision profile.
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, Hazel Grove, Bramhall, Altrincham, Central Manchester, Wilmslow, Didsbury, Chorlton, and other surrounding areas.
There is free parking available at the rear of the building.
I regularly upload posts about all things therapy related on Twitter - @CR_Psych
or you can find me on Facebook https://m.facebook.com/CRCounselling
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
Daytime & evening appointments are available on weekdays. Telephone and online sessions are also available.
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) & UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and adhere to their ethical framework and guidelines.
I am fully and comprehensively insured.
I hold a current and up to date DBS.
I offer supervision for qualified counsellors, and counsellors in training.
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.