Mary Smail Psychotherapist SW2

Publications & Teaching



Dramatherapy with Myth and Fairytale – the Golden Stories of Sesame

Jenny Pearson, Mary Smail and Pat Watts, Jessica Kingsley Pubs                                                              2013




Moving through a block in psychotherapy                                                                                             1996

Discovering the Self through Drama and Movement – The Sesame Approach,  Jessica Kingsley Press


Sharing the Space Inside - One to one work with people with Learning Difficulties                              1996

Discovering the Self through Drama and Movement – The Sesame Approach, Jessica Kingsley Press   


Open Sesame and the soul cave, Routledge International Handbook for Dramatherapy                            2016


Maps for Soul Making - Story Enactment in Psychotherapy, Transformation in Troubled Times,                                Transpersonal Press                                                                                                                              2018   




Soul, Sesame Journal                                                                                                                                  Spring, 2002

The Story Chalice,  Sesame Journal                                                                                                           October 2004

Resounding Myth - Voice work in traditional story, Sesame Journal                                                           October 2005

Conditions of a Soul Pedagogy, Sesame Institute Journal,                                                                            November 2010

Downloading Soul, Teaching paper                                                                                                               April 2014

The Making of the Sesame Psyche and Soma course, Sesame Journal                                                         Autumn 2010

Soul in a Baseball Hat - Meeting James Hillman. The Psychotherapist                                                        Summer 2013

Uneasy in Exile - the forest of Chemo Ther                                                                                                September 2014

Something About Soul. The Guild of Pastoral Psychology, London, UK                                                           November 2017

Video Story enactment in Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy Excellence                                                                                                     2017




Ireland, Ongoing trainings in the Sesame Approach to Drama & Mvt Therapy                                                    2001 to 2016

Sweden, The Myth of Er, European Psychosynthesis Conference,                                                                               2009

AustraliaSoul Play and the Sesame Approach, Psychotherapy Network Int Conf,                                                     2011

Korea, Soul Play, Korean Dance Movement Therapy Association                                                                                2015

Germany, Stories and Soul, Institut für Theatertherapie                                                                                           2016

Greece, Playing with Soul Grace, Play, Perform, Learn, Grow. Anatolia College, Thessaloniki, Greece                       2018

Greece,   Workshop with Robert Romanyshyn. Play, Perform, Learn, Grow.  Anatolia College. Thessaloniki, Greece                                2019





God and the Afterlife – God in the Pub meeting, Wimbledon

The Spirituality of Dying – Handy hints for walking through the Valley of the Shadow of Death – Retreat Weekend, Wimbledon

The Last Things. Death, Dying and the Life to Come, Advent Retreat

Something About Soul – Death, Grief and Peripheral Seeing – Death Conference, Wales

When Death Stops By – Korkut and Uncertainty – St Christopher’s Hospice, London

Loss and Grief – Re-Vision Counselling Students

The Soul and Death – Wales 2015 with Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership

Bereavement and Grace Initiations, Dr Banardos, Wales

The Death Edge and Soul Midwifery– Felicity Warne and the Soul Midwives.   British Association of Dramatherapists 2017

Death and the Soul, Keynote. Mental Health Day conference, Wales,  

The Village of Grief (Axel Schwaigert) and the Oracle Tree. British Association of Dramatherapists, 2019





Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK - MA Drama & Movement Therapy (Sesame)                                                                                                                                                       1992 - 2015

Clinical Placement Supervisor

Group Clinical Preparation Tutor (sesame approach)

Group Clinical Supervisor

Myths and Fairytale Enactment Tutor

Viva Panelist

Central Sesame/Liason Group


Sesame Institute UK and International

3 annual Introductory Trainings to Drama & Movement Therapy                                                                    1994 - 2015

Sesame Ireland 

 Annual training events in the Sesame Approach - Cork, Dublin,                                                                    1996 to 2015

Sesame Approach Foundation at Cork Institute of Technology planning team

Sesame Wales                                                                                                              

 Ongoing annual Sesame Insitute CPD Workshops                                                                                          1999 to 2015

Keynote, Dramatherapy Wales first conference



Psyche and Soma - Soul making through Sesame - Course founder and convenor of one year CPD for registered professionals

Cowbridge, Wales                                                                                                                                                    2008

Vauxhall, London                                                                                                                                                     2010

Clapham, London                                                                                                                                                     2012

Clapham, London                                                                                                                                                     2014

Newport, Wales                                                                                                                                                       2018

London                                                                                                                                                                    2020

Wales                                                                                                                                                                                                               2021


RE-VISION COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY WITH SOUL IN MIND                                        2016 - ongoing


Stories of Soul-Making, Stage 4 Psychotherapy Trainees

Loss and Bereavement. Stage 3 Counselling Trainees