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 first exploratory 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.
E M Forster
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 first exploratory 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.
My white brother does many things well, for he is more clever than my people, but I wonder if he knows how to love well. I wonder if he has ever really learned to love at all. Perhaps he only loves the things that are his own but never learned to love the things that are outside and beyond him. And this is, of course, not love at all, for man must love all creation or he will love none of it. Man must love fully or he will become the lowest of the animals. It is the power of love that makes him the greatest of them all . . . for he alone of all animals is capable of love.
Love is something you and I must have. We must have it because our spirit feeds upon it. We must have it because without it we become weak and faint. Without love our self esteem weakens. Without it our courage fails. Without love we can no longer look out confidently at the world. Instead we turn inwardly and begin to feed upon our own personalities and little by little we destroy ourselves.
You and I need the strength and joy that comes from knowing that we are loved. With it we are creative. With it we march tirelessly. With it, and with it alone, we are able to sacrifice for others.
There have been times when we all wanted so desperately to feel a reassuring hand upon us . . . there have been lonely times when we so wanted a strong arm around us . . . I cannot tell you how deeply I miss my wife's presence when I return from a trip. Her love was my greatest joy, my strength, my greatest blessing.
I am afraid my culture has little to offer yours. But my culture did prize friendship and companionship. It did not look on privacy as a thing to be clung to, for privacy builds up walls and walls promote distrust. My culture lives in big family communities, and from infancy people learned to live with others.
My culture did not prize the hoarding of private possessions, in fact, to hoard was a shameful thing to do among my people. The Indian looked on all things in nature as belonging to him and he expected to share them with others and to take only what he needed.
Everyone likes to give as well as receive. No one wishes only to receive all the time. We have taken much from your culture . . . I wish you had taken something from our culture . . . for there were some good and beautiful things in it.
Soon it will be too late to know my culture, for integration is upon us and soon we will have no values but yours. Already many of our young people have forgotten the old ways. And many have been shamed of their Indian ways by scorn and ridicule. My culture is like a wounded deer that has crawled away into the forest to bleed and die alone.
The only thing that can truly help us is genuine love. You must truly love us, be patient with us and share with us. And we must love you - with a genuine love that forgives and forgets . . . a love that forgives the terrible sufferings your culture brought ours when it swept over us like a wave crashing along a beach . . . with a love that forgets and lifts up its head and sees in your eyes an answering love of trust and acceptance.
This is brotherhood . . . anything less is not worthy of the name.
I have spoken.
Chief Dan George, from My Heart Soars