Matt Ratcliffe

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BA (Hons) Dip. Member MBACP
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Selby, North Yorkshire, YO8
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About me

Hello, I'm Matt. I’m an Integrative Counsellor working to help people that wish to change their lives. People, perhaps like you..?

Sometimes it's hard to find time for ourselves in our busy lives but by reflecting on ourselves and our issues, we can better understand and equip ourselves with the awareness and skills to make positive changes in our lives, for the present and the future.

I offer one-to-one counselling using an Integrative approach. Together we have a unique space with time to explore your thoughts and feelings. You're not judged or criticised, but understood and accepted. We work together safely and with trust, so you can better understand yourself, better handle life’s difficulties and start to make the changes you want in your life...

Counselling gives us the chance to look at ourselves and change things for the better. I can help you:

  • explore your thoughts & feelings
  • make sense of your experiences increase your self-awareness
  • cope with problems and difficulties
  • form new perspectives & options develop your ability to make choices

Issues with which I have particular experience include:

  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Depression
  • Self Esteem issues
  • Loss & Seperation
  • Sadness, Bereavement & Grief
  • Relationship, Separation / Divorce & Family Issues
  • Personality & Bipolar / Manic Depressive Disorders
  • Suicide
  • Self Harm
  • Abuse
  • Trauma / PTSD
  • Addictions (alcohol, gambling, sexual)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Emotional & Identity issues
  • Sexuality / Gender Identity
  • Phobias

I am BACP Registered (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapists) and work safely and ethically, abiding by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling.

I offer short and long term therapy, which is one-to-one. I work face-to-face, where we meet in person for sessions. I also offer online counselling too.

My private practice is based in Selby, which is easily accessed by towns such as Goole, York, Doncaster and the surrounding areas of North, West, South and East Yorkshire. The rooms are private, bright and comfortable.

In addition to my private practice I also run a counselling charity called SHINE! which provides counselling for young people. I am a Tutor of Counselling for an organisation with links to the NHS.

Please feel free to contact me for a free no obligation consultation to hear more about what I offer and to discuss what you might be looking for from therapy.

Thank you.

Training, qualifications & experience

BACP Certificate of Proficiency

AQA / BACP Counselling Skills L2

AQA / BACP Advanced Counselling Skills L3

CPCAB Advanced Diploma Integrative Therapeutic Counselling L4

BA(Hons) Fine Art

Understanding Therapeutic Practices With Dreams, Nightmares & Sleep Disturbances (CPD Workshop, York University)

In addition to my private work:

2015 - present
I am the founder and manager of SHINE! - a charity providing counselling in the Selby area.

2015 - present
I am a Tutor of Counselling Skills Level 2, with The Skills Network - a UK nationwide technology-based learning resource, which works with the NHS, private healthcare and corporate sectors.2012 - 2014

2012 - 2014
Counsellor at the charity No. 5 Young Peoples Counselling Service, based in Reading. Established in 1971, No 5 provides invaluable counselling to young people aged 10-25, and has strong links with schools, colleges and the local community.

2010 - 2014
Counsellor working alongside Sheen Lane NHS Practice in North Sheen, Surrey. Working alongside the GP surgery I was one of a team of 3 counsellors assisting patients on recommendation by the doctors.

2013 - present
I am also a member of Counselling Ltd, a UK charity which assists people on low-incomes to access help with mental health issues through local counselling -

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£35.00 - £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

I offer an initial phone or face-to-face consultation (at £25) so that we can explore your expectations of therapy and answer any questions you have. From there you can see if it's for you.

Individual counselling sessions are 60 minutes long and are usually held weekly, though this is tailored to suit the needs of the client.

Face to face sessions are £50 per session.
Skype / video sessions are £50 per session.

I believe counselling should be accessible to everyone who needs it. 25% of my client work is at reduced fee, so I am able to offer some concessions / negotiated fees (discussed with the client) based on personal circumstances.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My session hours are during the week Monday - Friday daytimes and evenings.

Further information

I believe as people we continually learn to better ourselves throughout our lives and am committed to my ongoing personal and professional development. I am continually seeking to build upon my knowledge and skills and attend regular training so I may be the very best I can be in what I do.

Selby, North Yorkshire, YO8

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

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Matt Ratcliffe
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