Mary Smail Psychotherapist SW2

Therapy and Supervision in South London

What happens in a session?

When we first meet I will ask you to tell me about what issue it is that makes you look for therapy.  We may explore this through talking, or it may be that you would like to work though creative media. How we work will be your choice. I will ask you to tell me about your life so that we can explore what your story has been and what your are working towards. If we decided to work together we will set a contract which is an understanding between us around confidentiality, the session time, the session fee and other logistics.  We will also look at goals for the therapy and talk about how to review the work.   

 Sessions are 50 minutes long and are offered at the same time on a weekly basis.   I am not a therapist who keeps silent or takes on distant role, but will enter into the material you bring by listening, supporting and challenging you to listen to yourself and take what you hear seriously. The work is about us as a team listening to what is lost or hurt, frustrated or disempowered in your story and looking for the "soul-ution". Your Soul is the expert. My skills are about enabling you to trust yourself.

I am a member of the Health and Care Professions Council, the British Association for Dramatherapy, the Sesame Institute and the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy), and as such abide by their ethical frameworks. I will maintain confidentiality around any material a client brings.

What informs the therapy

"We do know that in a usual person who comes to therapy there is a torment of some kind, pathology of some kind.

And the first move is to affirm it – not fight it or even analyze it. Give the pathology shelter. Let it sit down in the chair".

James Hillman Inter Views page 24

My practice leans on:

  •  The Wounded Healer archetype as a means of understanding descent,depth as means of emerging soul story and soul-making.
  • Giving a place to shadow, pathology as described by James Hillman
  • The energy of field and what emerges when client and therapist can trust that there is more than the duo present
  • Lost ness, not knowing, slowing, vulnerablilty, meaning-making,
  • The reverie, image-laden language of Soul – supporting clients to discover and trust symbol and imagination.
  • The place of body in the therapy room as communicator of the unconscious, through the non-verbal.
  • The Inter Family Systems and Self Lead therapy and the meeting and attending to sub-personalities as aspects of the whole being which need a hearing.



My home in  London, SW2 2EE which is in an upstairs room of a private house. (There is no lift).


The fee for a session is on a sliding scale between £50.00 to £60.00.  I ask you to meet this self assess at what rate you pay.    I offer a small number of reduced rate fee for people who are on benefits or in very exceptional circumstances. This can be discussed at a first meeting.

Clients Write:

Mary's well-balanced professionalism and personality provides a safe, comfortable environment in which to work. The lightness and colour of the therapy room provide peaceful, easy surroundings and the range of tools we used both through talking and by using imagination helped me a lot to see things I had not known about before in my life.

Alice, Accountant, Psychotherapy client (Used with permission).


Mary Smail is an entirely unique woman. Being in her presence is to dwell with a being that is enlightened. IIn other words, she is wise, she understands, she knows. You will feel held, attended to and cared for if you are lucky enough to work with Mary. If you let her, she will help you discover your path to your own intuition. She is gentle and courageous. She is enchanting, but don't take my word for it, experience for yourself.

 Mary Franklin-Smith, HCPC registered Dramatherapist (Used with permission) 


As usual, words just don't seem to cut it! What I want to say is what a privilege it has been to have worked with you. You have shown me how to listen to myself and given me tools to put what I hear back into my life.

Ed, Personal Trainer, Dramatherapy client (Used with permission)


Over four years of supervision with Mary I have felt supported and enriched on both a personal and professional level. It is her flexibility in approach and unfaltering acceptance that makes her a unique supervisor. Having worked in some unconventional settings in the uk and abroad, it is this flexibility and her ability to be along-side but never to lead or prompt work that has been invaluable.

Being supervised by Mary is like having a co-facilitator in the room, her wisdom enthusiasm humour and care transcends the supervision space and is ever present in the clinical work.

Alex Ramsden, Dramatherapy Supervisee (Used with permission)