Hi, I’m Danny Ford.
I am a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and IMTA Accredited Mindfulness Teacher.
You can work with me Online or in person in Wakefield and Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Here is my Story: From Chronic Isolation to Self-Love and Connection
Similar to the counselling clients and meditation students I now work with, I was once someone who felt lost and empty inside. I believed I was ‘different’ from others and that no one else suffered like I did.
There came a point in my life where I felt that my life had to change, or I would die inside. I then moved away from my family and travelled and lived in China, Ireland, and Australia for 6 years in an attempt to make peace with myself and find my place in the world.
It was through discovering mindfulness and a meditation community in 2008 that I finally felt that I had “come home”. The Dharma teachings I listened to as well as the meditation practice, were life changing. I finally felt nourished, accepted and loved by others.
Since my discovery of the wise and compassionate psychological teachings of the Buddha and the practice of mindfulness meditation, I have dedicated the past 6 years of my life to healing myself and studying to become a meditation teacher and psychotherapist.
My Mission as a Mindfulness Teacher and Psychotherapist
My wish is that no one feels unlovable or suffers from chronic loneliness. My work as a psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher is a way of taking steps to help make this happen for my clients. My key goal for my therapy clients and meditation students is to help them find more love and connection within themselves and with others. I want you to nourish yourself so that you truly value and accept yourself. When you feel worthy and confident, you will have a greater ability to listen to your inner voice, leading you towards a deep sense of inner peace, happiness, and fulfilment.
My Gifts as a Therapist and Mindfulness Teacher
Being a meditation teacher and psychotherapist is my calling. I have a gift for connecting authentically with my clients with an open and giving heart. My clients tell me that I listen to and empathise with them on a profound and deep level. I am sensitive and intuitive with a strong presence, which can help guide you towards healing and growth, even if you doubt that it is possible.
I know what it is like to suffer greatly, and this helps me understand the depth of your pain and struggle. Because I have also found my way out of the pain, I can provide hope as you develop the courage you need to move towards more self-acceptance and confidence.
I am passionate about learning and have a gained a lot of wisdom from my 8 years of intensive study with some of the best Western teachers offering teachings in Buddhist Dharma and meditation practice.
I am currently training in the Compassionate Inquiry approach with Dr. Gabor Maté and Sat Dharam, and will be gradually integrating this approach in my therapy and mentoring work.