Danny is an American/Turkish music therapist living in Istanbul. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Therapy, and is a board certified music therapist (MT-BC) by the American Music Therapy Association. Danny specializes in working with child growth and development, psychiatric health, and trauma rehabilitation. He uses his extensive musical knowledge across a wide range of instruments, including the guitar, percussion, piano, drums, harmonica, vocals, ney and oud. In his clinical work, Danny approaches clients with patience, an open mind, and a keen eye for assessing client needs. With an honest yet playful approach, he is a versatile character within different populations. He speaks fluent English, along with a moderate level of Turkish, and utilizes his bilingual abilities during his work.
He has worked with Syrian refugee children through Project Lift, adults with psychosis through Bakırköy Ruh Ve Sinir Hastanesi, and has held numerous individual and group music therapy sessions with children and young adults. He has also implemented several workshops throughout Istanbul, including for TEDx ODTÜ, Boğazici Universitesi, Sanat Psikoterapileri Derneği, Naturel Festival, Galatasaray ITM and Soho House. Danny’s past work includes well-respected institutions such as Robert College, Hisar Eğitim Vakfı, Istanbul International Community School, Düşler Akademisi, and Helen Doron Kindergarten. As a performance artist, he has performed in concerts with Zeytin, Rebel Moves, Nil Karaibrahimgil, Can Bonomo, Irem Candar, The Social Inclusion Band, and more.
He enjoys spending his free time writing and producing his own original songs and videos, oftentimes collaborating with friends on new projects. In 2016, he established Malibu Music Therapy, and is currently exploring new ways to promote and use the new concept and name.