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Claire Ratcliffe MBACP - Psychotherapist, Supervisor & Couples Therapist

Stockport SK1 & Cheadle SK8
07830 906822 07830 906822

About me

When people seek the support of a counsellor or therapist, many are 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 we will work together 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 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 a number of 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 also provide individual and group supervision for staff within drug and alcohol services, and for other organisations within Greater Manchester.

Relationship & Couples Counselling

I am a fully trained and qualified relationship therapist, and have been working with couples & 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
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

Psychotherapy & Counselling Training
Post Graduate Diploma in Transactional Analysis 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  

Working with Eating Disorders and Obesity

Neurodiversity Training
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

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

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)

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Transactional analysis

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I offer a free 15 minute 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

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

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) & 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.

The Labyrinth Centre
43-47 Middle Hillgate

Greater Manchester

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Daytime & evening appointments are available on weekdays.

Telephone and online sessions are also available.

Types of client

Employee Assistance Programme


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
Telephone supervision

View supervision profile


Claire Ratcliffe MBACP - Psychotherapist, Supervisor & Couples Therapist

Claire Ratcliffe MBACP - Psychotherapist, Supervisor & Couples Therapist