A warm welcome
Welcome to my website. As a visitor here, you are probably considering whether to work with a therapist or counsellor, perhaps for the first time.
It's important to find someone who is a good match 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 in Exeter and at the Nautilus Rooms in Totnes.
I am accredited by the UKCP and hold a Masters degree in Core Process Psychotherapy, a psycho-spiritual approach to 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 and within you.
You can begin to explore your innermost thoughts, beliefs, feelings and experiences in an unpressured way, and 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 development, growth and maturation as a person, and for your journey through life. 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 be challenging and painful, but is often rewarding, and that can even be 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.
We can meet in Exeter or in Totnes.
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, maturity and presence of mind.
Whatever may be 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, helps you to slow down and to bring a more open curiosity and awareness to yourself and the inner felt sense of your experience, which few people are used to doing, but which is profoundly healing. Bringing attention to our inner experience (sometimes called mindfulness) is what enriches us, and what changes us. All the evidence confirms this.
I met him on the train,
and before long I felt I knew him,
I felt I could trust him.
He was in education: ‘Learning for Life’ he called it
I said I was interested in education too,
so he invited me to come with him
to where he taught and learned.
It was off the main road, near the fire station.
It didn’t look like a school …
You walked in the door of a second- hand shop
and, going through to the back,
you came to a big room with a lot of people in it.
We stood and looked around.
In the corner was an old man with a white stick.
Beside him sat a girl reading him the newspaper.
‘Nice to see young folk helping the blind,’ I said.
‘Oh,’ he replied, ‘he’s actually teaching her how to see.’
Across the floor, in the direction of the toilets’
Came a wheelchair.
A paraplegic boy of 18 sat in it
and a boy of the same age pushed it.
‘It’s great when friends help each other,’ I said.
‘Yes,’ he replied, the boy in the chair
is teaching the other how to walk.’
An old woman lay in a bed at the bottom of the room.
She was covered with open sores.
A woman, much her junior, was dressing her wounds.
‘Is she a nurse?’ I asked
‘Yes’, he replied, ‘the old woman is a nurse.
She’s teaching the other how to care.’
Seated round a table were a group of young couples.
A doctor in a white coat was talking to them about childbirth.
He spoke slowly and used sign language with his hands.
‘I think it’s only fair
that deaf people should know about these things, ’I said.
‘But they do know about these things,’ my friend replied.
They are teaching the doctor to listen.’
And then I saw a woman on a respirator, breathing slowly.
These were her last breaths.
And around her were her friends, smoothing her brow,
Holding her hands.
It’s not good to die alone,’ I said
‘That’s right,’ he replied,
but she is not dying alone.
She is teaching the others how to live.’
Confused and not knowing what to say,
I suggested we sat down.
After a while I felt I could speak.
‘Seeing all this,’ I said, ‘I want to pray.
I want to thank God that I have all my faculties.
I now realise how much I can do to help.’
Before I could say more,
he looked me straight in the face and said,
‘I don’t want to upset your devotional life,
but I hope you will also pray
to know your own need.
And I hope you will never be afraid
to be touched by the needy.’
John L Bell