About me

I'm Danny. I'm a psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher based in Wakefield.

I help people who feel flawed, unworthy or unlovable to heal their wounds, find freedom from deep-rooted self-judgmental beliefs, and grow to truly love and accept themselves, so that they can live happier, more deeply fulfilling lives with genuine compassion and connection.

Here's my story
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Hi, I'm Danny. I'm a psychotherapist and meditation teacher based in Wakefield.

I help people who feel flawed, unworthy or unlovable to heal their wounds, find freedom from deep-rooted self-judgmental beliefs, and grow to truly love and accept themselves, so that they can live happier, more deeply fulfilling lives with genuine compassion and connection.

My Story

From Chronic Isolation to Self-Love and Connection

From as far back as I remember I felt different. In a way, I am. But I'm not nearly as different as I once believed. I'm non-binary. Nowadays I love my gender difference, and see it as a part of my beauty. But that hasn't always been the case.

From childhood right through to my thirties, I believed that I was "weird" and "unloveable". These perceptions formed early in my life and the feelings of shame, sadness and terror that accompanied them were often overwhelming. I felt lost, alone, and empty inside.

I know now, that so much of my suffering was coming from conditioned perceptions. 

I felt completely alone and I had no idea how to live authentically and just be myself. My heart longed for deep connection, and the freedom to be myself.

There came a point where I felt that my life had to change. In 2003, I was inspired to seek out new experiences and hit the "reset" button to shake things up. I moved to China in the hope of learning something new about myself and beginning to find my place in the world. 

It took a few years in the metaphorical wilderness, but in 2008 I found meditation. Meditation practice, and the friendships I forged with other practitioners, were life changing. I finally began to feel nourished, accepted and loved by others.

Becoming a mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist felt right: a natural evolution after devoting many years to my personal healing and growth. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been helped by several wise and compassionate meditation teachers and therapists.

Doing this work, serving as a therapist and mindfulness teacher, is an extraordinary gift. I am paying forward the gifts my therapists and teachers have offered me, and I witness people's growth, compassion, vulnerability, courage and commitment to doing their work.

I know what it is like to suffer deeply, 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-compassion, self-acceptance and confidence.

I'm so glad I took the first step of my path of healing, growth and transformation. And every step since. They have led me to wholeness and love.

I don’t offer a “quick fix" and I never experienced one myself. You’re on a journey and I'm here with you for the long-haul to create meaningful and lasting change. I’m not for everyone, which is why I have shared some of my own story, to help give you a sense of who I am and whether you might like to work with me. You can also read more about my approach to therapy here, to help you decide.

My Story

From Chronic Isolation to Self-Love and Connection

From as far back as I remember I felt different. In a way, I am. But I'm not nearly as different as I once believed. I'm non-binary. Nowadays I love my gender difference, and see it as a part of my beauty. But that hasn't always been the case.

From childhood right through to my thirties, I believed that I was "weird" and "unloveable". These perceptions formed early in my life and the feelings of shame, sadness and terror that accompanied them were often overwhelming. I felt lost, alone, and empty inside.

I know now, that so much of my suffering was coming from conditioned perceptions. 

I felt completely alone and I had no idea how to live authentically and just be myself. My heart longed for deep connection, and the freedom to be myself.

There came a point where I felt that my life had to change. In 2003, I was inspired to seek out new experiences and hit the "reset" button to shake things up. I moved to China in the hope of learning something new about myself and beginning to find my place in the world. 

It took a few years in the metaphorical wilderness, but in 2008 I found meditation. Meditation practice, and the friendships I forged with other practitioners, were life changing. I finally began to feel nourished, accepted and loved by others.

Becoming a mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist felt right: a natural evolution after devoting many years to my personal healing and growth. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been helped by several wise and compassionate meditation teachers and therapists.

Doing this work, serving as a therapist and mindfulness teacher, is an extraordinary gift. I am paying forward the gifts my therapists and teachers have offered me, and I witness people's growth, compassion, vulnerability, courage and commitment to doing their work.

I know what it is like to suffer deeply, 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-compassion, self-acceptance and confidence.

I'm so glad I took the first step of my path of healing, growth and transformation. And every step since. They have led me to wholeness and love.

I don’t offer a “quick fix" and I never experienced one myself. You’re on a journey and I'm here with you for the long-haul to create meaningful and lasting change. I’m not for everyone, which is why I have shared some of my own story, to help give you a sense of who I am and whether you might like to work with me. You can also read more about my approach to therapy here, to help you decide.

Featured in

My article "Why Mindfulness and Psychotherapy work well together" was featured in the first issue of Planet Mindful magazine.

A selection of my guided meditations are on the popular meditation app, Insight Timer. My guided meditations have over 7000 plays in the app.

I’ve also been a guest on the Secular Buddhist Podcast, a popular podcast on Buddhist meditation, and have my own guided meditation podcast.

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What I offer

I offer therapy in person at my own therapy room in Wakefield or online therapy with clients around the UK. 

I also offer private one to one mindfulness meditation coaching to practitioners online.

Now that the new website is live, I will begin offering more mindfulness teaching online. 

Mindfulness teaching

I currently lead monthly mindfulness sessions for NHS Shared Business Services in Leeds. Previously, I led mindfulness meditation classes regularly for Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds (2010 - 2018) and Leeds City Council (2017 - 2018). I've made a temporary return to leading weekly meditations online for Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds as part of their secular programme to help the centre and community during the lockdown.

I am a Mindfulness Teaching Supervisor for the Mindfulness Training Institute, where I also mentor teachers in training.

Professional Trainings

Compassionate Inquiry (Professional Programme) with Dr. Gabor Maté and Sat Dharam Kaur - Online Course (April 2019 - April 2020)

Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy - Scarborough Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Institute (Oct 2010 - July 2016)

Professional Mindfulness Teacher Training with Martin Aylward and Mark Coleman - Mindfulness Training Institute (Nov 2013 - Nov 2014)

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