+++ Because of the coronavirus situation, I am not starting work with new clients, though I continue to work from home with existing clients. If you think you may be interested to meet with me once social distancing rules begin to ease, please email me, either now or when things become more normal, and I look forward to arranging a first exploratory meeting with you once we can meet in person +++
Welcome to my website - as a visitor, you are probably giving serious thought to working with a therapist or counsellor, perhaps for the first time.
It's important to find someone who is a good match for you and for your particular needs and concerns. It is also important to find a therapeutic approach or orientation that resonates with you.
For these reasons, I offer a free exploratory first meeting to help you decide about working with me and to learn more about my approach to psychotherapy.
About Mark Wright
I have been living in Devon since 2006, working as a psychotherapist in Exeter for the NHS, and in private practice, and also, for four years, as a counsellor in a voluntary sector counselling service.
I now work as a therapist in private practice at the Nautilus Rooms in Totnes, in the heart of the South Hams.
I am accredited by the UKCP and hold a Masters degree in Core Process Psychotherapy, a body-centred psycho-spiritual psychotherapy.
I work with people interested in making the inner journey, both those starting out and those already committed to the work of inner change and personal development.
I have been exploring the world of depth psychotherapy for thirty years, since the late 1980s. I have an equally long-term commitment to spiritual practice and enquiry, and my approach to psychotherapy is informed by this.
You can learn more about my background and training here.
How can psychotherapy help?
Working with a psychotherapist gives you a private and confidential space where you can explore all that is going on for you and within you.
You can begin to explore your experience in an unpressured way, free from judgement.
You can get to know yourself more deeply and more honestly; you can learn to listen to the wisdom that is always here within you, however buried it may seem.
Most fundamentally, this kind of creative inner work can provide a profound support for your journey through life, and for your development, growth and maturation as a person. It is a way you can begin to bring all of yourself - heart and mind, body and soul - back together into a more harmonious whole.
As a result, many people have found that working with a psychotherapist is a rich and life-changing experience, a journey that can sometimes be challenging and painful, but is often rewarding, and sometimes even magical.
A free first meeting
If you think you might like to work with me, or would like to find out more, I offer a free exploratory first meeting.
I work in Totnes, in the heart of the South Hams, in south Devon.
This is an opportunity for you to meet me in person, and for us to to explore your needs and wishes.
What brings people to psychotherapy?
Some people want help from a therapist with their personal, relationship or work difficulties, including with common concerns such as irritability and anger, anxiety and panic, low mood and depression, or because they feel unhappy or overwhelmed without understanding why.
Others may have been through overwhelming or traumatic shocks and events, from any stage of life, which they need to address and heal.
People also come because they find themselves in periods of significant, demanding or unexpected change in their life, and they want help to navigate the changes.
Most fundamentally, people come to psychotherapy because of their need or wish to make their own personal inner journey towards greater self-awareness and maturity.
Whatever is bringing you, all that is needed to make good use of this work is a degree of commitment to your own well-being, and some openness.
My approach, as a body-centred psycho-spiritual psychotherapist, will help you to slow down and to bring a more open curiosity and awareness to yourself and the inner felt sense of your experience.
Few people are used to doing this, but bringing attention to our inner experience (sometimes called mindfulness) is profoundly healing. All the evidence confirms this.
And now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.
For once on the Earth
let’s not speak in any language,
let’s stop for one second,
not move our arms so much.
It would be a fragrant moment,
unhurried, without engines,
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.
The fishermen of the cold sea
would not harm the whales
and the saltworker
would look at his broken hands.
Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories without survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk with their brothers and sisters
in the shade, doing nothing.
Don’t confuse what I want
with total inaction.
Life is only about what we do.
I want nothing to do with death.
If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving so much,
and for once did nothing,
perhaps a huge silence could
interrupt this sadness,
this never understanding ourselves
and threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the Earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and then is alive.
Now I’ll count to twelve,
and you keep quiet and I will go.
THIS IS THE TIME
This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.
Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.
If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.