Mark Vernon

About Mark

I am a psychotherapist and writer, with an interest in ancient philosophy. I’m convinced that, today, we suffer from a loss of the skills and insights that illuminate our inner lives, but also that such wisdom is being advanced and recovered. My books cover subjects from friendship and belief, to wellbeing and love.

As a psychodynamic psychotherapist, I have a private practice in London, working with individuals who have a variety of concerns, as well as working 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 being published by the BBC, The Guardian, Church Times, and elsewhere. I teach at The Idler Academy and The School of Life and also lead workshops and groups on the dynamics of transformation and inner life.

I’ve appeared on a wide range of platforms including at the Hay, How The Light Gets In, Edinburgh International, Oxford and Dartington book 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.