Danny Ford: Mindfulness Teacher · Psychotherapist

Psychotherapy

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My philosophical approach to Psychotherapy

I see people as whole, even though they often do not feel that way when they come to see me, especially if they are suffering deeply. This is in contrast to CBT or the medical model that views people who are struggling emotionally as needing to be “fixed”.

I integrate 3 main philosophies and psychotherapy approaches into my work. These include Buddhist Psychology, Feminist Theory, and Gestalt Psychotherapy.

Mindfulness and Buddhist Psychology

Mindfulness and Buddhist Psychology is concerned with deepening your awareness:

Discovering more about your emotions, thoughts, and behaviours in relation to yourself; your relationships to others; and the world around you.

Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt psychotherapy holds that people intrinsically strive towards growth and balance in their lives.

It focuses on increasing your awareness of the “here and now” to facilitate a deeper understanding of yourself.

It looks at your past experiences as they relate to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in the present.

Feminist theory

Feminist theory acknowledges the social and cultural influences of people’s pain and suffering due to living in a world dominated by a philosophy of individualism and a model of having “power over” others.

Psychotherapy infused with a feminist perspective sees people as having equal worth regardless of their gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity, etc.

My Psychotherapy Style

The above 3 theories and approaches underpin my work with my therapy clients. I weave them together in a way that best meets your unique needs to help foster your healing and growth.

Emotional wounds stem from a lack of love and connection in our lives. As a psychotherapist, my goal is to be caring and compassionate in the deepest way possible. I will honour you through every step in our work together. I will respect your pain and the decisions you make in order to feel more complete and whole.

Research shows that the quality of the relationship between therapist and client accounts for the success of therapy more than any other factor. 

I place the utmost importance on connecting with you authentically, without judgment.

Our relationship will serve as a container in which you can grow towards feeling worthy of authentic connection, build your confidence, and become more comfortable within yourself. You will see that there’s nothing inherently wrong with you. Your suffering is not your fault, and you can heal and come to value yourself.

I will help you get in touch with what is interfering with your sense of being whole and worthy. If you struggle deeply in your life is likely because important parts of your being have been split off and suppressed to an extent where they cause you pain. My goal with you in therapy is to help you integrate the parts of yourself that are not being acknowledged and expressed.

For your convenience, I offer online therapy throughout the UK, as well as psychotherapy in Wakefield and Leeds.

Work with me

If you’d like to get started with therapy, please give me a call on 07715 272633 or use the contact form.

You can ask any questions you may have and we can explore if we could be a good match. 

 
 
 

Wakefield

I recently opened my own counselling and meditation room in the heart of Wakefield, just around the corner from Wakefield Westgate train station. The beautiful grade two listed building is also home to The Mindfulness Network and Mindfulness Wakefield.

The room is designed to provide a peaceful, welcoming and comfortable space for both therapy and meditation.

Services and Classes in Wakefield

  • Individual psychotherapy

  • Counselling

  • Mindful Mentoring

  • Mindfulness Meditation classes and half-day retreats

  • Relational Mindfulness: A Mindful Speaking and Listening Group 

 
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Leeds

I see counselling and psychotherapy clients in Leeds at a private psychology suite on Great George Street. 

Services in Leeds

  • Individual psychotherapy

  • Counselling

  • Mindful Mentoring

 

Online Therapy

See me from the comfort of your own home, with online therapy appointments.

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Fees for Psychotherapy and Counselling

I offer competitive pricing for counselling and psychotherapy.

Individual Psychotherapy or Counselling

My standard fee is £50 per session. Sessions are 60 minutes.

Please enquire about my sliding scale if my standard fee is prohibitive.

Group Therapy for Depression or Anxiety (Small Groups)

The first appointment will be for an individual session with me and this is charged at £25.

If you join a small group (3 participants per group) the fee is £21 per 75 minute group session.

Please note that small group sessions run for 12 week blocks and I ask that you commitment to attend and pay for all sessions in the block. At the end of each 12 week block there will be an opportunity to commit to another 12 week block, after a week or two break, subject to sufficient interest from other people in the group or new people waiting to join.

Payment methods

Payment may be made in advance by bank transfer or by card payment over the phone, or by cash or card during the session.