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Michael Guilding BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor, Psychotherapist & Supervisor

York, YO26 5BS
07932 626919 Registered / Accredited
York, YO26 5BS

I have 19 years experience as a supervisor of counsellors and psychotherapists within the NHS and in private practice.  I have a Diploma in Supervision (WPF) which I gained in 2003.

Counsellors and psychotherapists are care-givers, who can only remain effective if they are very well supported.  I see the supervisor's role as a key element of that support, and the core of my task as being to help my supervisees to become the very best therapist they have it in them to be.

I am very interested in the extent to which therapists can make real and sustained contact with their clients (empathic attunement) and think that it is usually the activation of the therapists fear system in one of its many forms which causes this contact to be broken, and therapy to become ineffective. I pay great attention to the arousal of fear and anxiety in the therapist  - helping them to see when and how this is occurring and assisting in their development as "fear-free" caregivers.

My core training was psychodynamic, but I have been constantly training in other approaches throughout my career and work well with practitioners from many orientations.  I have a particular interest in trauma (I am trained in EMDR),  in attachment theory as applied to therapy with adults and in the contribution of neuroscience to psychotherapy.

My fees are £50 per hour - I normally work in 90 minute sessions, but this is flexible - the initial discussion is free.

I offer one day workshops for therapists on understanding and regulating the biological Fear System.  The unregulated operation of the fear system is responsible for anxiety, depression, trauma, and loss of self-esteem, motivation and vitality.  It's activation in the therapist during work with clients is perhaps the key to loss of attunement and the stalling of therapeutic progress.  See:


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17 Wetherby Road
YO26 5BS

Type of session

In person
Home visits

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I work Wednesdays Thursdays and Fridays and I can offer morning and evening sessions.

Types of client

Older adults


Michael Guilding BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor, Psychotherapist & Supervisor

Michael Guilding BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor, Psychotherapist & Supervisor

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