A warm welcome
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.
This is a chance for you to meet me, 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.
A MESSAGE FROM THE WANDERER
Today outside your prison I stand
and rattle my walking stick: Prisoners, listen;
you have relatives outside. And there are
thousands of ways to escape.
Years ago I bent my skill to keep my
cell locked, had chains smuggled to me in pies,
and shouted my plans to jailers;
but always new plans occured to me,
or the new heavy locks bent hinges off,
or some stupid jailer would forget
and leave the keys.
Inside, I dreamed of constellations—
those feeding creatures outlined by stars,
their skeletons a darkness between jewels,
heroes that exist only where they are not.
Thus freedom always came nibbling my thought,
just as—often, in light, on the open hills—
you can pass an antelope and not know
and look back, and then—even before you see—
there is something wrong about the grass.
And then you see.
That’s the way everything in the world is waiting.
Now—these few more words, and then I’m
gone: Tell everyone just to remember
their names, and remind others, later, when we
find each other. Tell the little ones
to cry and then go to sleep, curled up
where they can. And if any of us get lost,
if any of us cannot come all the way—
remember: there will come a time when
all we have said and all we have hoped
will be all right.
There will be that form in the grass.
Words for the new decade:
"Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet."