Michael and Fran Guilding run independent private practices, working from their purpose–built consulting rooms at Wetherby Road, York.  The practice is close to the ring road on the west of side of York with easy access to Leeds and Harrogate.  There is a waiting room with its own toilet and facilities for clients to make their own drinks.  

Fran offers couple and relationship counselling, counselling for children and young people.  In addition she has worked with individuals who have depression, anxiety, stress, low self esteem and those who have been abused or bereaved.  

Michael is no longer taking on any new psychotherapy clients, but is still happy to see returning clients he has worked with in the past, and therapists looking for a clinical supervisor.  

Michael Guilding

07932 626 919

Michael is a Senior Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist with 26 years’ post-qualification experience. In his early years as a counsellor he worked for WPF Counselling North in Leeds, The Tuke Centre in York, and The Oakdale Centre in Harrogate.   

He established his own private practice in 1997 and also worked within NHS Psychological Therapies Department as Practice Counsellor for the Tadcaster Medical Practice and the Jorvik Medical Practice in  York.  In 2004 he took up the post of Head of Counselling within NHS Psychological Therapies with responsibility for the recruitment and management of counsellors working within GP practices in the York and Selby areas.  In 2007 he also took on the management of the local Primary Care Mental Health Team.

He retired  from the NHS in 2011 and now works part-time in private practice.

Michael sees clients for  brief and medium-term work.   He works with a wide range of issues, with a particular interest in attachment and relationship problems, anxiety, depression  and trauma, and the recovery of motivation and vitality.   He also provides clinical supervision to other counsellors and psychotherapists and runs training workshops for therapists on understanding and regulating the biological fear system.

I will be retiring from clinical work at the end of March 2023, but will continue to run workshops for a time.

See details of my new workshop for counsellors and psychotherapists "Fear and the Therapisthere.

For my thoughts on wellbeing, the fear system and depression see my new website: www.michaelguilding.com





07837 789 564

Fran is a BACP Accredited Counsellor, Relate trained and with a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic and Systemic Couple Therapy.  She worked as a counsellor at Relate for over 12 years with couples, individuals and young people.  She has worked in private practice for the past 10 years.

Fran has a background working in schools with children with behavioral problems, and is trained in young people’s counselling. She has provided counselling in schools, and has counselled young people and families as part of the Relate service. 

Fran has started facilitating groups for those in caregiving professions (therapists, social workers, nurses, carers, doctors)  exploring the Dynamics of Attachment in Adult life (McCluskey model).  This model of group work provides a deep but safe and supportive way of thinking about our own lives and attachment styles and those of our clients, particularly how we and they seek care and how this can affect outcomes.