Marcus Santer

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

My name is Marcus Santer and I’m a relationship therapist working in Dawlish, Exeter and Exmouth.

Now then, when I look for an overarching theme to connect the many, varied interests in my life so far, I see the common thread is a desire to help people. From writing poetry as a school boy for my friends to give to their girlfriends to counselling people to make healthy lifestyle changes…

…And everything in between.

I’ve always sought to leave people better off than I found them.

In 2015 whilst writing my book 5th book (ZEN+ The art and science of living healthier for longer) I discovered research suggesting the quality of your social connections has a huge impact on all aspects of your well being, physically, emotionally and mentally.

In other words…

People Nourish People

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 counselling work I quickly discovered that 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 can really cripple how you show up in your life.

I’ve worked with couples for years and relationships in crisis was a very common theme in my work and because of my love of learning and helping people, I knew I had to go back into counselling training so as to best serve the people I work with. Specifically I wanted to learn tried and tested skills to help couples in distress get back to a loving and nurturing relationship – or to part company if that’s the best course of action.

Eventually I decided to make couples therapy my main focus of attention and my couples work is based on the theory of Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy or EFT.

I have experienced first hand the benefits of EFT.

My training helped me to improve my own important relationships, especially with my wife Clarabella (we married in 2000) and my son Ollie.

Who Am I?

Marcus Santer swimming in the Devon sea with his dog, Louis

I love walking through the rolling Devon hills and swimming in the sea with my faithful Labrador Louis. I also enjoy spending time in my workshed doing metal work. And when the sea isn’t too cold you’ll find me snorkelling around the rocks.


I started counselling in 1994 and I’ve been in private practice ever since. Along the way I’ve completed my intermediate certificate in counselling and my diploma in counselling.

In 2002 my son was born and quickly diagnosed with cerebral palsy (it’s okay) as a result I needed to be available at the drop of a hat for appointments and what not. Being self employed and working from home was the best option and for 16 years I concentrated on helping people to stack the odds of a longer, healthier and happier life in their favour.

My son is older and more independent now and I’m ready to get back into the driving seat and help good folk like you to get back to the loving relationship with your partner that you want.

After much research, I decided to specialise in working with couples and began my journey with Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.

Long story short…

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

What Next?

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