Mary Smail Psychotherapist SW2

About Mary

My training 

I trained as a creative arts therapist with Sesame Drama and Movement Therapy in 1990 and for ten years used movement, story and imagination to help people become more themselves. Examples where I worked as a Dramatherapist include:

  • Children survivors of abuse (St Christopher’s Fellowship)
  • Adults with Learning Difficulties (NHS)
  • Adults in mental health care (Chapel Orchard Centre)
  • Elders in residential and day care (Roundabout)
  • One to one Dramatherapy with adults (Private Practice)

In 2006, after completing a counselling course at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation, I trained with Re Vision and graduated as a psychotherapist. 

Registration and Professional Membership

I am  registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. You can check my registration at and at

I am a professional member of :

British Association of Dramatherapists

Re-Vision Counselling and Psychotherapy with a Soulful Perspective

Confederation of Analytical Psychology

I am supervised regularly by a senior Jungian analyst..  This means I discuss my client work with another professional but do not disclose any information such as names or places so it is confidential and supports good practice.  

My Therapy Practice

A session runs for fifty minutes normally once a week at an agreed regular time.  I work from an upstairs room in my home in Tulse Hill.  The nearest tube is Brixton and then there is a five minute bus ride with many choices of regular buses to take.  My normal fee rate is £50 but I negotiate some concessionary rates to people who have a valid need.  


Training and Supervision

I worked for 15 years as a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama teaching students how to work through healing rituals and ancient myths and fairy tales on the MA Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame). I co-authored a book on this subject published in 2013.

I supervise both experienced and in-training therapists. 

Sesame Approach - the use of drama and movement in therapy

When I am not working with people in a one to one setting, I train people in the use of drama and movement in therapy the Sesame Approach in courses throughout the UK, Ireland.   I presently convene the Principles of the Sesame Approach Foundation Course at Cork Institute of Technology, Cork, Ireland.  I also run a course called Psyche and Soma for qualified therapists wishing to train in the place of unknowing and soul-making through the Sesame Approach

Other bits about me

Although I am a Scot I have strong ties to Ireland and all things Celtic.  The way that people come to life, even in the direst of situations continues to inspire me, along with a deep belief that however hard a situation appears, something new will eventually emerge.

I am a singer, songwriter, storyteller and have a life long experience of using the folk arts within church settings and spiritual contexts.

My present special area of interest is to explore areas of creativity with people in the last stages of life, with Alzheimers, or who are dying or in a bereavement process.  

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