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 your particular needs and concerns; this is why I offer a free first exploratory meeting to help you decide about working with me.
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 or contemplative 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 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. 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 sometimes even magical.
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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.
THE SUMMER DAY
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean –
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down –
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
The American poet Mary Oliver died on 17 January, aged 83. Now seems a good time to revisit and to celebrate her poetry; The Summer Day is among her best-known and best-loved poems.