Arts Psychotherapist & counsellor Ellie Smale

Art psychotherapist Ellie Smale


Phone: 0114 3830203

"I first became interested in therapy whilst working as an artist with children and young adults for a children’s charity; very quickly I saw that art materials could be a vessel for much deeper, more honest communication than is normally possible.

I saw benefits to the young people I worked with. Sometimes feelings and experiences that had been ‘locked away’ were expressed through art work, and the result was an understanding and new self-knowledge that changed things for the better.

 • What is art psychotherapy?

I gained an Advanced Post Grad. Diploma in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts from the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, London in 2009 and distinction for a Masters in Arts Psychotherapy Practice from the University of Leeds Beckett  in 2018.

Both training courses have creative expression at their core but together they offer a wide theory base. This means that I am confident in working together with clients, regardless of how different presenting issues might be.

I am committed to continuing professional training as there continue to be wonderful things I can add to my practice. Psychosynthesis, Hakomi and Internal Family Systems training add a depth of knowledge to my therapy that acknowledges the body in our experiences and emotions, as well as ways to work to resolution with challenging aspects of our selves.

I feel privileged and honoured to work with people in the way that I do. Moments of shared pain can be as exquisite as shared joy, and the inner wisdom that everyone possesses never fails to impress me.

It is often said that a therapist and client co-create therapy and in my experience the process of therapy is always unique, just as is every person, their lives and their response to it. People often look for therapy or counselling when they have come to the end of the road, maybe the old coping strategies don’t work or have become problems in themselves.

I know that calling a therapist or councilor can take guts and whatever the reason for your call, I will meet you as you are. If you would like to enter into therapy with me, but have any doubts or are unsure of what this involves, please contact me for more detailed information.