Mary Smail at SoulWorks UK - telling the untold story
Zoom Calls till we are through the Virns
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 a 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 ageing 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.
In times of Covid, I am offering a safe place on Zoom and confidential time for you to bring whatever 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.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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.
Concessions offered for
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.
Day time sessions presently available - people wanting to come before work are welcome to enquire. No evening times available for the next three months.
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.