Danny van Deurzen-Smith


NSPC Roles
Deputy Principal,
Course Leader,
Research Supervisors: Masters and Secondary,


Danny is an existential coach, specialising in neurodiversity, LGBTQ+ issues, self esteem and creativity. Having graduated from the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling with an MA in Existential Coaching, they are now the course leader for the same programme, as well as for the new MA in Diversity Studies programme. Danny regularly runs workshops on existential coaching, gender fluidity and working with autism, and co facilitates a support group for LGBTQ+ adults with an autism spectrum condition.

Danny has an MA in Existential Coaching and a BA in Russian with Film Studies. Research interests include:

  • Autism Spectrum Conditions
  • LGBTQ+
  • Coaching
  • Diversity
  • Gaming

Danny has a limited number of spaces available for masters and secondary doctoral research supervision.

Danny is currently working on their first book, a self-help title on how to be your own existential coach which will translate existential ideas into accessible life practices. They have published several articles in the Journal for the Society of Existential Analysis, and a chapter on existential coaching in Du Plock’s Case Studies in Existential Therapy. Speaking experience includes the first world congress for existential therapy, the philosophy now conference and the weekend university.

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