About Mark

I am a psychotherapist and writer, with a keen interest in ancient philosophy, as well as the illumination of inner life. My writing covers subjects from friendship and beliefs, to wellbeing and living in the modern world.

My most recent books are on spiritual intelligence, Dante’s Divine Comedy and Christianity, as understood by the Oxford Inkling and friend of C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield.

As a psychodynamic psychotherapist, I have a private practice in London, working with individuals who have a variety of concerns, as well as having worked at the Maudsley Hospital in south London in a personality disorder service.

I contribute to and have presented a number of programmes on the radio and write as a journalist, with my work published by the BBC, Aeon, Church Times, and elsewhere, including The Idler, where I write a regular column and contribute in a variety of other ways. I  also lead workshops, give talks and podcast, including in a longstanding series of conversations with Rupert Sheldrake.

I have worked with the International Society for Science and Religion on projects examining human evolution and, currently, spiritual intelligence. I’m also working on a project looking at rituals and processes of love with the Royal College of Arts, funded by the Fetzer Institute. I collaborate with the think tank Perspectiva on the spiritual aspects of life, not least in the Realisation Festival at St Giles House, Dorset.

I’ve appeared on a wide range of platforms including at the Hay, How The Light Gets In, Wilderness, Port Eliot, No9, Edinburgh International, Greenbelt, Oxford and Dartington festivals. My books have appeared in translation around the world.

My studies began with a degree in physics, before two degrees in theology, followed by a PhD in philosophy – an academic journey that took me from the universities of Durham and Oxford to Warwick. My professional life began as a priest in the Church of England, from which I resigned about 20 years ago.