Marian Swinfen

Marian Swinfen. Friday. m: 07790-323784
I offer psychotherapy with a mindfulness approach, for those who are looking for a supportive, compassionate and relational space to help you explore your personal difficulties and the challenges you are facing in life. I work with a wide variety of issues and I can offer both long and short term therapy, depending on what you need.

During the Coronavirus crisis I will be offering online sessions for all my current and new clients. I’m happy to consider phone sessions if this is your only option. I will be able to resume face to face sessions as soon as safety for everyone permits.

My aim

My aim is to help you with easing feelings of distress and to develop more clarity about yourself and the issues you face. Our focus would be to facilitate your process in finding helpful ways of relating with your issues of concern, making any changes that are needed and enable you to access and develop your personal resources and potential for growth by working through your difficulties.

About Marian

I have a masters degree in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapeutic Practice. I also have experience in other fields of counselling and ways of working. Overall I have over twenty years of previous experience in supporting clients to find ways of relating with and addressing difficult and uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, moods and states of mind that they are experiencing. I have also helped clients who want to change problematic behaviour and improve their relationships, both with themselves and with others.

I have experience working in a NHS mental health team offering long term psychotherapy to clients with issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression and unresolved family difficulties.

During the past fourteen years I have worked with anger, conflict, resentment, communication, parenting and intimacy in relationship. I currently also work with those who are or have been in abusive relationships.


Mindfulness is simply the practice of becoming aware of what is happening in us from moment to moment, with an open curiosity and acceptance. This is very helpful in a number of ways:

– It helps us to become clearer about the detail of our internal experience and the patterns we have developed that can increase our distress and difficulties.

– It helps us to create more space around our internal experience so that we have more choice around how to relate to it and the situations we face.

– It helps us to develop a kinder and more understanding relationship with ourselves and so to become more able to support ourselves in difficulty and to experience a greater sense of well-being.

Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy

Mindfulness-based therapy is an invitation to embark on a journey of self-discovery in an open and supportive relationship with the therapist as your ally, helping to hold an open and inclusive awareness of what is happening and what will help. It is a space where anything can be brought, heard and included without judgement, however difficult or painful.

My intention would be to meet you where you are, as you are. This usually means combining a deep and empathic listening, with a practical and relational approach. I will draw on my experience of what might help, but will also focus primarily with you on your own enquiry into what hurts and what helps.

My experience has been that whilst the journey of therapy can touch on painful and difficult experiences it can also be very touching, enlivening and deepening process for those of us involved in it.

Training, Qualifications and Experience

MA in Mindfulness-Based Therapeutic Practice with Karuna Institute.
BPhil in Social Work.
Working within the NHS in a mental health team offering long term psychotherapy.
Developing and working within community projects for domestic violence and abuse, relationship issues and parenting.
Probation Officer working with individuals and running and supervising group-work on thinking skills, substance misuse, domestic violence and general aggression.
Accredited Cognitive Behaviour training in the programmes above.


I charge £35 for a one hour session. I will also consider concessions for those who are on lower incomes.

I offer a free 15 minute initial phone consultation which enables us to decide on whether it is right for us to work together.


I can offer sessions on Fridays at Croft GP surgery in Torquay, between 8.30am and 7.30pm.

I can also see clients on Thursdays at my home practice near Totnes, with easy access from Torbay, Teignbridge and South Hams. Times are negotiable.

Registered member of UKAHPP
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