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.  We have a waiting room for our clients with its own toilet and facilities for clients to make their own drinks.  The driveway ouside the practice is kept free for client parking.

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

Michael offers both brief and long-term individual counselling and psychotherapy covering stress, anxiety, panic, depression, low self-esteem, bereavement, abuse, trauma, and other less easily defined issues such as loss of energy, motivation and vitality. 

In order to find time for writing and developing training for psychological therapists in working with our Fear System (the biological threat-response system), I have had to close my private practice to new clients and supervisees.  I do apologise to anyone I have disappointed.

I am presently taking a sabbatical break until May 2019, but from May I would still be very happy to see any clients I have previously worked with at any time in the past who may wish to have a follow-up session, or to undertake some further work with me.

Any potential clients who had hoped to work with me on the basis of my particular approach (a combination of Una McCluskey's Exploratory Goal-Corrected Psychotherapy and Focusing Oriented Therapy) might be interested to know that  Fran has undertaken the same training as I have in both of these approaches, and is still open to taking on new clients.


Michael is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist with 23 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 estabished 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 both brief and long-term work.   He works with a wide range of issues, with a particular interest in attachment and relationship problems, anxiety and trauma, and the recovery of motivation and vitality.   He also provides clinical supervision to other counsellors and psychotherapists.



Fran Guilding

07837 789 564


Fran is a BACP Accredited Counsellor, Relate trained and with a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic and Systemic Couple Therapy.  She has worked as a counsellor at Relate for over 10 years with couples, individuals and young people.  She has worked in private practice for the past 6 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.