Marcus Santer - Couples Counselling Specialist

Marcus Santer - Couples Counselling Specialist

About me

I specialise in working with couples in serious relationships experiencing serious problems, for example:

  • Affairs and betrayals
  • Separation and divorce
  • Lack of love and support
  • Sex and intimacy issues

And more.

I am a couples counsellor trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)?

You might not have heard of EFT so let me explain what makes EFT different to other relationship therapy models, here goes...

EFT was developed by psychologists Susan Johnson and Leslie Greenberg at the University of British Columbia.

Research studies have found that EFT is an effective treatment for distressed couples. More than 70 percent of couples receiving EFT recover from symptoms of relationship distress; up to 90 percent report seeing improvements in their relationship.

Over 25 years of research has documented EFT’s benefits to couples who are facing other challenges, including depression, sexual disorders, traumatic exposure, breast cancer and childhood illness.

EFT therapists are very proud of the research this model is built upon. We meet the gold standard from the American Psychological Association (AMA) perspective for evidence based therapy.

Because of the science and research backing EFT, it's therapists can lean heavily on it.  We not only have great outcomes - not just in terms of the percentage of couples who not only recover but are actually more happy, more satisfied - but we also know how to do the therapy session by session.

EFT is more than a clinically proven approach, it offers couples a new experience of their relationship, one that provides renewed trust and a deeper level of intimacy.

One of the other facets of EFT that sets it apart is the level of linkage between 'in-session' change and outcomes is unusual in the field of relationship therapy. EFT works and is proven to be effective.

A lot of people do couples therapy without getting trained, a lot of couples therapy is offered without rigours research behind it.

If you want the gold standard of couples counselling...

Congratulations, you've just found it.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am registered with:

  • International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (ICEEFT)
  • British Emotionally Focused Therapy Centre (BEFT)

And I'm an individual member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

As well as working with private clients in and around Dawlish, I also provide EFT couples counselling at the Quiet Mind Centre in Exmouth.

Long story short...

Yes, I'm qualified and yes, I can help you.

Member organisations


Therapies offered


It is the policy of South Devon Couples Therapy to provide couples counselling regardless of the couples ability to pay.

I want to make therapy affordable for every couple so I currently operate a sliding scale of fees.

My fees are based on yours and your partners combined annual income.

This means people on higher incomes are asked to pay higher but realistic fees so that I can cover the costs of counselling work with people on lower incomes.

Fees for couples counselling are subject to review on an annual basis.

The 2019-2020 fees are listed below:

If your combined household income is:

  • Tier 1 -  Under £17,639 per annum... Fee £35 per hour
  • Tier 2 -  £17,640-£29,399 per annum... Fee £45 per hour
  • Tier 3 -  £29,400 and above per annum... Fee £60 per hour

Proof of household income is required to access therapy at Tiers 1 and 2.

Further information

I'm not one of those 'jack of all trades' counsellers...

I'm a specialist.

I only work with couples and I only practice couples counselling

Maps & Directions

Dawlish, EX7

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I can offer Saturday and evening sessions.

Types of client