Marcus Santer

Marcus Santer, Relationship Therapist in Dawlish, Exeter, and Exmouth

My name is Marcus Santer and I’m a relationship therapist based in Dawlish.

There are few absolute truths in life, but here’s one of them:

You and I are social creatures and whilst we all require different amounts of connection we all need connection. Through my couples counselling work I quickly discovered people nourish people and perhaps the most powerful source of nourishment comes from the relationship you have with your partner.

This means if the relationship you have with your partner isn’t solid, it will really cripple how you show up in your life.

My couple’s work is based on the theories of Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and John Gottman’s work at The Gottman Institute.

EFT and Gottman therapy are based upon sound, tried and tested, repeatable studies of what works in helping couples in crisis. EFT also meets the gold standard from the American Psychological Association (AMA) for evidence-based therapy.

Who Am I?

I started work as a therapist very early due to having to figure out some of my own life issues. As a result I’ve been married for the past 20 years and we have a beautiful son. This is nothing less than miraculous and I put it down to learning how to do a much better job of communicating all those years ago.

I grew up in one of those classic British marriages and I understand both personally and professionally the impact of that life on my parents and their children. I don’t want that for you and more importantly I don’t want it for your children.

We can all do better and I have science-based solutions to your problems.

A teacher of mine once told me that:

“Marriage therapy is an incredibly difficult discipline to master. That’s why most therapists don’t specialise in it, in fact most therapist won’t even do it. And yet anyone not specialising is a dilettante. It is so hard to get right that if you’re not wholly focused on it you will never be very good.”

That’s why I only do marriage therapy, I’ve been doing it for years, it’s all I do. There’s a reason for that. If marriage was easy we wouldn’t have a 52% divorce rate. If marriage therapy was easy we wouldn’t have a 52% divorce rate, seriously, I’m horrified by the approach lots of so called marriage therapists take.


I started counselling in 1994 and I’ve been in private practice ever since. I’ve completed my intermediate certificate in counselling, my diploma in counselling and many other qualifications along the way. And yes…

…I’m a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP <-- Click here to see my Registration Certificate, opens in a new window)

Long story short…

Yes I’m qualified and able to provide real solutions to real problems for real couples.

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