About me

Hello, I'm Matt Ratcliffe. 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, gambilng, 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 can also offer phone and Skype counselling.

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.

In addition to my private practice I also run a counselling charity and 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 - www.counselling.ltd.uk

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.

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From £25.00 to £45.00

Concessions offered for

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

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 £45 per session.
Telephone sessions are £45 per session.
Skype / video sessions are £45 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.


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

Due to serious illness I’m afraid I’m unable to take in any new clients or respond to messages.

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.

North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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