Claire Ratcliffe MBACP - Psychotherapist, Supervisor & Couples Therapist

Claire Ratcliffe  MBACP - Psychotherapist, Supervisor & Couples Therapist

The Labyrinth Centre
43-47 Middle Hillgate

Greater Manchester

07830 906822

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About me

You do not have to be having a crisis to benefit from counselling/psychotherapy. Anyone who wants to understand themselves and their life will take value attending sessions.

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. I imagine you may have tried several ways to work through this already.

If you want to make genuine changes, to experience a richer, and more fulfilled life but don't know where to start, then therapy can really help.

My main training and theoretical background is Transactional Analysis & Integrative Psychotherapy. The aim of psychotherapy and counselling is to help you deal more effectively with your past and present challenges and make decisions for your future that enhance your wellbeing. I enjoy the work I do immensely as I work with my clients to gain self-awareness and lead a more satisfying and fulfilling life.

In our sessions we will look at identifying what it is you would like to work through in therapy, look at the obstacles you have and how you 'get in your own way', and I will work with you, to help you get to the place in your life you would like to be.

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

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 helping capacity. I have been working as a therapist since 2010, and have been working with couples since 2013.

There are a number of reasons why you may choose to enter therapy. My main areas of experience include working with:

Abuse - (emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, including historical abuse)
Trauma – Including vicarious trauma
Childhood related issues
Relationship issues – Codependency, separation, divorce, affairs & loss of connection
Family issues
Sexuality issues (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender - LGBT)
Confusion around sexuality & coming out
Identity development
Stress, Depression & Anxiety
Burn out, lack of motivation and feeling stuck
Self-esteem, Self-awareness & Self-acceptance

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 also work 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, also within local GP surgeries, and other counselling organisations within Greater Manchester.  In addition to this, I have significant experience working within Mental Health Rehabilitation services. I facilitate stress, anxiety, and resilience training for staff who work within the NHS.  I also provide individual and group supervision for various organisations within Greater Manchester.

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

Relationship & Couples Counselling

I am a fully trained and qualified relationship therapist, and have been working with couples 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 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 Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in Counselling Concepts
101 Transactional Analysis Certificate
Certificate in Couples & Relationship Counselling
Advanced Certificate in Couples & Relationship Counselling
Foundation Training in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
Diploma in Social Care
Certificate in Child & Adolescent Studies                                                                       Certificate in Understanding Autism/Asperger Syndrome (ASD)                                       Certifícate in Understanding ADHD

Advanced Certificate in Trauma Informed Practice

Certificate in Supervision - Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy

Workshop: TA (Transactional Analysis) and working with couples
Workshop: Transgender Awareness
Workshop: Development of the Self
Workshop: Attachment Theory & Psychotherapy
Workshop: The Symbiotic Power Struggles in Relationships
Workshop: Metaphors in Therapy
Workshop: The Inner World of Asperger’s
Workshop: Psychology of Sexualised Trauma
Workshop: Introduction to Child Development
Workshop: Neurobiology & Human Development                                                         Workshop: Domestic Abuse Awareness
Workshop: BDSM/Kink                                                                                               Workshop: Neurodiversity

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Individual Therapy for adults & young people (aged 14 upward)

Couples & Relationship Therapy

Supervision for both qualified counsellors, and counsellors in training.

Staff support / Clinical & Reflective Supervision within organisations (Individuals & Groups)

I also accept EAP referrals (Employee Assistance Programme)

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

Sessions are for 50 minutes.

Individuals - £50

Couples - £60

*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 unemployed or receive low income.

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.

I regularly upload posts about all things therapy related on Twitter - @CR_Psych
or you can 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 a member of UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy)

I am fully and comprehensively insured.

I hold a current and up to date DBS.

I also 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.

Maps & Directions

Stockport, SK1 3DG
Cheadle, SK8

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Daytime & evening appointments are available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

If you are looking for a Supervisor, I recommend that we meet for an initial appointment to explore your needs as a clinical practitioner.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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