Ian Rattray, Dip. Couns, BA, MSc, Registered MBACP (Accred)

Ian Rattray, Dip. Couns, BA, MSc, Registered MBACP (Accred)

3 East Hill

Layer Road

07973 427488

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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 always within 1 working day.

I offer sessions in the town centre (CO1), a peaceful rural location just outside the town towards Layer (CO2) and CO3.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have approximately 10 years counselling experience, working in local services and organisations, schools, including setting up counselling provisions, the NHS in addition to private practice.  I am an approved counsellor with Barnardo’s Adoption Agency.   I am a Clinical Supervisor and provide Training and Workshops to counsellors, therapists and those involved in the care of others, and organisations.  Previous roles include Tutor on a Stage 4 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

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£40 - £60 per session

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.

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.

Maps & Directions

Colchester, CO1 2QL
Colchester, CO2

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Daytime, Evenings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Supervision available