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 concerns. It is also important to find a therapeutic approach that meets your needs.
For these reasons, I offer a free 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 first meeting, but please first check my availability to see if I have a space that will work for you.
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.
Exalted Truth imposes upon us
Heat and cold, grief and pain,
Terror and weakness of wealth and body
Together, so that the coin of our innermost being
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He or she may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273 CE) was born 813 years ago this month, and has always been revered as one of the great figures in Islamic creativity and thought. In the last two or three decades, he has become a best-selling poet here in the West too.
"The crisis we are experiencing today ... is a crisis of the world and mankind such as has occurred only during pivotal junctures - junctures of decisive finality for life on Earth and for the humanity subjected to them ... The crisis of our times and our world is in a process ... of complete transformation, and appears headed towards an event which, in our view, can only be described as a "global catastrophe" ... We must soberly face the fact that only a few decades separate us from that event ... Stated differently, if we do not overcome the crisis it will overcome us; and only someone who has overcome himself is truly able to overcome
Jean Gebser, from the preface, p. xxvii, The Ever-Present Origin
Jean Gebser (1905-1973) was one of the great intellects working in the German-speaking world in the last century. In the 1980s, a German state-funded academic review considered him to be one of the three most influential German-speaking thinkers of the century, alongside Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein; it is remarkable that so few in the English-speaking world know of him. He wrote these prophetic words in 1949.
"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".
Carl Sagan (1934-1996) was an American astrophysicist who was best-known for his series Cosmos.
“If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear.”
Joanna Macy (b. 1929) is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology.