Mary Smail At SoulWorks UK

Mary Smail At SoulWorks UK

About me

If  you feel ... anxious, depressed or struggling with low self worth, up against a brick wall, held back by inner-critic attacks, concerned about relationships, resentful of someone and unsure how to forgive, wondering about sexual orientation, wanting to be more creative, concerned about dyslexia, prosopagnosia, dyspraxia issues, wanting to think through a professional/work situation, wishing to explore spirituality or consider God-questions, hurt through misunderstanding in a  church situation, without someone who really  matters, in a grief or bereavement process, wondering about what happens when a Soul dies, dealing with areas of dying (your own or someone who you care about), meeting the aging process of your parents or of a loved elder, if you are asked to "cheer up" when you feel down
then I am ready to meet you to see if we can work together to tell your story as you would like it to be.

I will provide a safe(upstairs) room  and confidential time for you to bring what ever issue you would like to explore. New opportunities usually come to us through what seems most difficult. The gift is to trust that there is more than we see - the Soul story may not yet have had any space to be heard and recognised.

I am trained both in Psychotherapy  (talk therapy) and as a Creative Arts Therapist, (Sesame Dramatherapy) so can offer the option to talk, or to use a more imaginative, symbolic approach.   The work can be focused and short term or it may need a longer on-going timescale. We will work with whatever you bring. The work of Carl Jung, James Hillman, Thomas Moore, Robert Romanyshyn and Marian Billy Lindkvist are the greatest inspirers of the way I work. As I am also an Assertion Trainer it may be that we work to build up your self esteem and confidence, giving you everyday skills to cope with relationship, work and life in general.  I also work through  Internal Family System (inner parts work) and am training in EMDR therapy.

I am registered to practice with the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists and with the Health and Care Professions Councils, and am answerable to both these bodies, regularly reviewing my practice to ensure good practice.

Training, qualifications & experience

Reg Arts Therapist at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Counselling Skills - Westminster Pastoral Foundation
Post Grad Diploma in Psychotherapy - Re-Vision
Cert in Supervision through the arts - Creative Arts Supervision Training -

I have worked for over 25 years with children and adults in both groups and in private practice.  I also have vast experience in training therapists in the UK, Ireland  Sweden, Korea, Serbia, Ireland and Australia.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My particular interest is working with people who are in any area of what I call the Death Lands -

Diagnosis, Bereavement, Palliative Care, The Dying Process, Suicide, The "Beyond Life".

I have completed The Soul Mid Wife foundation training with Felicity Warner and am involved in training therapy students on the place of Loss can be worked with in counselling and therapy.

Photos & videos

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My normal session fee is  £55. An agreed lower fee in special circumstances, or with students can be discussed.  I offer an initial half-hour consultation for which there is no charge.

Further information

I start working with people by allowing them to tell their story so that together we can begin to discern what is missing or hidden. Rather than getting over involved in pathology, my practice is based on their being a creative, healthy part in everyone, however hopeless their situation appears.   I call this inner knowing, "soul intelligence"  and try to offer a relationship where together   a way through dilemma and confusion can be discovered.

Maps & Directions

London, SW2

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

My therapy room is up a set of stairs. There is a handrail but no lift.


Day time sessions presently available - people wanting to come before work are welcome to enquire.  No evening times available for the next three months.

Types of client

Older adults

Supervision & training

I trained as a supervisor with Creative Arts Supervision Training and with the Society for Analytical Psychologists.  I presently supervise training students and experienced therapists.  A supervision hour lasts for 50 minutes normally.  I work as the supervisee prefers - through creative art resources or in the more usual spoken presentation of client work.  I have worked with supervisees overseas through Skype and on the phone. 

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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