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Theraputic services for body, mind & spirit

At Light of Mind we know that each human is a totally unique and beautifully complex individual.

Our aim at Light of Mind is to provide a safe, encouraging, hope filled and empathic system of support around the people who we serve.

Therapy Specialists in eating disorder care
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A note from our founder Mary Franklin-smith

Light of Mind was created to help people have an embodied experience of their own mental health. We offer interventions to enable those we serve to come into a trusting relationship with their bodies, spirit, purpose, and intuition.

It is our perspective that isolation creates and exasperates suffering and that connection eases it. At Light of Mind we prioritise community and aim to find innovative ways to help one another come into trusting relationships with the human and more than human world around them.

Wishing you the peace of the deep oceans.



As we begin to see our burnout as a blessing and our suffering as a signpost we come to understand that our innate health is always here to guide us by letting us know our moment by moment needs

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We each experience the world differently and live in our own internal reality.

“The world is not as it is, but as we are”

We each have vastly different viewpoints, perspectives, beliefs and relationships. In order to find peace within ourselves and one another we each need to do the work to understand our inner world.

“The near explains the far”

As we come to understand our inner conflicts, prejudices, bias and addictions we can declutter our minds and makes space for outer connections and reconciliations.

We each need help to see beyond our own blindspots. Through connection with a trusted other we can start to feel safe enough to face our shadows. One of the most healing experience a human can have is to be fully witnessed by another.

We each need to be seen and feel understood.

As we start to trust that our story is safe to share, we begin to see clearly the reasons why we feel and act the way we do. We begin the journey of observing and exploring our psyche we find the answers to questions we didn’t even know we needed to ask. Step by step we come into closer contact with the self we were born to be and develop compassion for the self we learned to be in order to be accepted.

Mary is a highly skilled and experienced clinician whose therapeutic work is informed by a variety of evidence-based psychological therapy models. Her professionalism and unquestionable integrity underpins her compassion and the unfaltering hope that she holds for her patients. Mary fills the room with light, hope and promise even in times of great distress and crisis.

Dr Monique Schelhase, Clinical Lead for CONNECT

Jess was always so attentive, engaging and caring. Sessions with Jess were the most impactful sessions I had on my recovery journey and I always really looked forward to them!

Client: group intervention

Lise has a gift of being able to listen and absorb so much more than what is verbally communicated and provide deep insights that are hugely beneficial. These insights and guidance have repeatedly unlocked stuck parts of me and have been transformational for my life.

1:1 client

I suffered for years with debilitating anxiety and depression. Working with Mary has given me a completely different outlook on my life, within hours of working with Mary I understood I have always had the capacity to be happy

Light of Mind personal therapy client

Working with Cath has helped me in so many ways, especially in finding a new way (…) to actually bring me into my body and feel grounded and connected with myself (which has been incredibly important and transformative for me, as somebody who usually spends all of my time in my head!)

1:1 client

Aside from being an excellent therapist, she too has a unique way of captivating an audience which enables her to successfully convey information and facilitate learning, both within both large and small group settings. Her portfolio of training includes regional and national training within the NHS and private sector. The NHS CONNECT: West Yorkshire Adult Eating Disorder Service is pleased to be able to collaborate with Light of Mind in order to enable the best possible care for those with moderate to severe eating disorders across West Yorkshire.

Dr Monique Schelhase, Clinical Lead for CONNECT

Mary is a delight! She enables people to come into relationship with their creative and deeper than conflict self

Mary Smail - psychotherapist and director and course leader of Seseme institute

Mary worked with my 7-year-old daughter who was petrified of going out after witnessing a dog attack. Mary literally spent 30 minutes with my daughter and to my amazement my daughter was calm and happy to be in the presence of dogs again! I would highly recommend her to anyone who has a phobia or fear.

Light of Mind client

Meet the team

Light of Mind founder, Mary, lights up the rooms she enters with a burst of creative ideas, oceans of hope and intuitive wisdom. She birthed Light of Mind because she wanted to offer the world a service that focused on sharing creative ways to introduce people to the intuition that lies within us all. She is thrilled to be able to welcome you to this online space and introduce you to her team of practitioners. Each practitioner is talented and experienced in guiding people to their peace and clarity. Here at Light of Mind, we know that every human being is unique and responds to different approaches. Between them the whole team offer a beautiful variety of ‘doors into’ wellbeing – all with the same aim; to help people wake up to their wonder.

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