Danny Ford - Therapist and Mindfulness Teacher
I offer compassionate listening because I believe you deserve to love and trust yourself.
I understand what it's like to have a harsh inner critic
After years of feeling lost and empty, believing myself to be unlovable, and suffering with severe anxiety, I decided to find help. My journey has included long term psychotherapy, meditation, and studying with Gabor Maté and Buddhist wisdom teachers.
Having come a long way on my journey of personal healing, I felt called to serve other people as a guide in their personal healing.
I put off getting therapy for years. Looking back, I wish I had sought help sooner, and I'm so appreciative of the people who helped me to heal. Don't wait to get help, like I did!
I offer therapy and mindfulness teaching, grounded in compassionate presence and a commitment to being real about the complex and often messy realm of human relationship.Talk to me about therapy
You deserve to love and trust yourself.
As human beings we have natural and healthy needs. We need to feel seen, understood, valued and included.
Sadly, in our increasingly stressed, distracted and disconnected society, these natural needs often don't get met sufficiently well. If these needs are not met to the degree we need them to be as children, often despite the very best intentions of our parents or caregivers, it can lead to a whole range of tremendous and painful challenges.
These can include feeling empty, feeling cut off from your feelings, having a powerful inner critic, not knowing what you feel, want and need, having low self-esteem, lacking confidence, and not setting healthy boundaries.
My approach honours your natural and healthy needs - to feel seen, understood, valued and included.
I will support you to become more present, self-compassionate and empowered in your life. I offer a process that invites you to reconnect with your body and emotions, uncover conditioned beliefs and patterns that have held you back, and develop a bone-deep trust and confidence in yourself.Talk to me about therapy
2020 - 2021: The Heart of Listening - Facilitator Training with Deborah Eden Tull (Author of Relational Mindfulness: A Handbook for Deepening Our Connections with Ourselves, Each Other, and the Planet)
2019 - 2020: Compassionate Inquiry - Professional Online Training with Gabor Maté (Author of When the Body Says No: The Hidden Cost of Stress and In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction)
2013 - 2014: Professional Mindfulness Teacher Training with Martin Aylward (Author of Awake Where You Are: The Art of Embodied Awareness) and Mark Coleman (Author of From Suffering to Peace: The True Promise of Mindfulness and Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery) - Mindfulness Training Institute
2010 - 2016: Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy - Scarborough Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Institute
UKCP Accredited Integrative Psychotherapist (Accredited since September 2016)
MTI Certified Mindfulness Teacher (Certified since December 2014)