Ian Rattray

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Dip. Couns, BA, MSc, Registered MBACP (Accred)
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Colchester CO3 & CO1
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Welcome.   I am a qualified, registered and experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor offering counselling and therapy to Individuals (adults and young people) and Couples.

What brings you to Counselling?

Sometimes life can be difficult or challenging.  Maybe you have feelings that you are struggling with such as sadness, anxiety, anger, depression, stress, worry, guilt, or shame?

Perhaps something has particularly knocked you sideways? Maybe you are finding your usual means to cope with life’s challenges no longer suffice or you realise they are not the solution?

Or do you find yourself feeling lost or empty, or caught up in a cycle of thinking or behaving that is affecting your emotional well being or making life, work or relationships difficult?

Do you see the same patterns repeating in your life but are finding it difficult to do something different? Are you finding close relationships a challenge, or struggling to get on with family, groups or work relationships?

Have you and your partner got into stuck ways of relating? Is this leaving you feeling hurt, sad or lonely, or are you hurting or blaming those you love?

You may be able to identify a reason why you feel the way you do, or maybe there are so many reasons you feel overwhelmed.  You may simply have a general sense that life isn’t working out as you want it to.

How can Counselling help?

I offer to meet you without judgement and to provide a therapeutic space with the opportunity to explore thoughts, feelings, and experiences as well as and how you go about life, helping you gain a new perspective and find a way to experience improved mental and emotional health, improved relationships, and to make choices that enable you to live the life that is true to you.

I can help you with a diverse range of issues, in particular depression, anxiety, anger, couples, loss and bereavement, relationship issues, self-esteem, self-image, crisis, confidence, illness, addictive behaviour, abuse and trauma.

How do I work?

I believe our path to healing and improved well-being is as unique as we are individuals, and that we all have the ability to live to our personal potential within the parameters of our particular life circumstances.

And so I believe the relationship with your therapist, one that is understanding, safe, secure and collaborative, is fundamental.

In matching the therapy to you, my Integrative Approach enables me to bring together therapeutic approaches that are best for you and what you want to achieve.

This is based on a Humanistic/ Person-Centred/ Existential framework, integrating Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic thinking,  Interactional, Systemic, Gestalt and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Creative and Experiential Methods.

“Sometime the smallest of changes in our awareness can have a large impact on our lives”.

The Next Step

For an initial appointment or simply to find out more about counselling and the service I provide, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I will reply promptly and normally within 1 working day.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have approximately 14 years counselling experience, working in local services and organisations, schools, including setting up counselling provisions, the NHS in addition to private practice.  I am a Clinical Supervisor and provide Training and Workshops to counsellors, therapists and those involved in the care of others, and organisations. I am trained to work with Adoption and related issues.  Previous roles include Tutor on a BACP Accredited Diploma in Integrative Counselling.

Diploma in Integrative Counselling - BACP Accredited course (2011)
Certificate in Working with Couples
Certificate in Clinical Supervision
Certificate in Creative Therapy
Certificate in The Rewind Technique for Post Traumatic Stress
Personality Disorders
Children's Mental Health

As a member of the BACP I abide by their Ethical Framework. This means I follow a framework to ensure good practice, part of which is to have regular clinical supervision.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£50.00 - £60.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • BUPA
  • Vitality

Additional information


A number of appointments are available at a reduced rate for anyone who has genuine difficulty paying.  Please ask about this when you make an appointment.

When I work

Daytime, Evenings

Further information

What to Expect

Your first appointment will give the opportunity to decide of counselling with me is the right step for you. The number of sessions you need then depends on your personal situation. Normally we would meet weekly and review your needs after several sessions with the option to continue for as long as you need or for a fixed number of sessions.

Colchester, Essex, CO3

Colchester, Essex, CO1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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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.

Online platforms



In person

Supervision available.

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Ian Rattray
Ian Rattray