Ian Rattray

Ian Rattray

3 East Hill

07973 427488

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3 East Hill

07973 427488

About me

I offer caring, professional and therapeutic counselling to adults, couples, children and adolescents from a private setting near the centre of Colchester.

About Me
I have an empathic and insightful approach, aiming to enable you to understand and make sense of your experience of life, and work with you to find a way to deal with your issues that is right for you, to shift from stuck patterns of relating to others and the self.

I believe that through reflecting on your life and relationships, and how you think, feel and behave, you can gain the clarity, insight and understanding which can enable you to see life in a new light, deal with things differently or make changes.

"Sometimes the smallest of changes in our awareness can have a large impact on our lives."

My Experience
I have experience of a wide range of presenting issues having practised as a counsellor for approximately 9 years, working in private practice, primary and secondary schools, primary health care and local organisations.

I have particular experience and interest in working with couples and other groups.

I am a Tutor on a BACP Accredited Diploma in Counselling and am an approved counsellor with Barnardo's Adoption Agency.

My Therapeutic Approach
My therapeutic approach is integrative.  This is based on a humanistic existential framework, integrating other approaches, such as creative and experiential methods and psychodynamic thinking.

I offer both short and longer term therapy.

Working With Children
With younger children I use therapeutic play as this is a very natural way for them to express themselves.  In a trusted environment it can enable them to explore and make sense of their experience of life and help them develop towards their potential.

The Next Step
For an appointment or simply to find out more about counselling and the service I provide, please feel free to call or text on 07973 427488 or email me at ian@ianrattraytherapy.com

If I’m unable to answer your call please leave a message with the confidential answering service and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Training, qualifications & experience

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

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.

I have an enhanced DBS certificate required to work with children and vulnerable adults.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


£35 - £50 for individuals
£40 - £50 for couples
£45 - £55 for families

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.

Daytime and evening appointments available.

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.

Where I Am
I practice from private therapy rooms on East Hill in Colchester. This is located about a 10 minute walk from the town centre, the nearest car parks being Priory Street and All Saints House (Roman Road). After 6pm there is street parking nearby.

Maps & Directions

Colchester, CO1 2QL

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Daytime, Evenings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Supervision available