Dan’s professional interests include resilience, diversity, disability and inclusion and supporting the growth and wellbeing of leaders, clinicians and educators.
He is a qualified executive performance coach, a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, an Associate of King’s College London, a postgraduate in Neuroscience: Mindfulness and Clinical applications, and has practiced acupuncture for 25 years both privately and within the NHS. Dan has over 30 years’ mindfulness experience as a mindfulness practitioner in both Zen and Tibetan lineages, training for extended periods under authentic teachers.
Through collaboration with A Resilient Mind, Dan offers corporate organisations and their employees short courses and individual sessions in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).
MSC is mindfulness and compassion training, not simply mindfulness training. It provides the tools to develop emotional strength and resilience, allowing individuals to admit their shortcomings, motivate themselves using kindness, and forgive themselves.
MSC teaches core principles and skills that enable participants to respond more effectively to difficult situations and emotions in their lives and with the same compassion and benevolence that they would extend to a dear friend. Compassion is not so much an emotion, as a genuine desire or wish to remove suffering. Self-compassion is neither self-pity nor self-indulgence.
MSC is an empirically supported training programme based on the ground-breaking research of Prof. Kristin Neff, PhD, and the clinical expertise of Dr. Christopher Germer, PhD. Latest research demonstrates the proven benefits of MSC may safely and effectively improve health – enhancing emotional wellbeing, building resilience, reducing anxiety and depression, improving work and home relationships – and that these benefits are still sustained one year after the completion of the MSC program (which is significantly shorter than the more well known Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses).
In addition to MSC training, Dan is able to offer classical 5-element acupuncture either at his clinic in Belgravia or on-site at client organisations where appropriate. He is a member of, and a safe practice verifier for, the British Acupuncture Council.