Dr Kyoko Kobatake (Purna Centre for Kindness and Wellbeing)
- Who am I? -
I am a fully qualified and highly specialised psychodynamic and art psychotherapist. I have over 15 years' experience in the NHS and in voluntary sector as well as in my private practice.
My particular interest is in working with children and young people aged between 5 and 18. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship where a child or a young person can freely express and explore their feelings and experiences.
I am also trained to work with family units, such as a parent or a carer and a child; I will be there not to take sides but to support you find a balance within your relationships that would respect and benefit you both.
In addition I am confident in working with individual adults suffering from a range of effects from depression, anxiety and relationship issues through to severe and complex trauma and PTSD.
I value kindness, compassion and social justice in my work as well as in my private life, and my professional approach is rooted in my genuine interest in each individual's stories. My therapeutic style is trauma-informed, responsive and creative. I base my work on the understanding that all human experiences are multi-sensory, and am learning more about body-based work and the neurobiology of trauma.
- Why would you see me? -
You may be struggling with something extremely difficult that has happened to you, or that you are currently going through. You may be trying to make or integrate some changes to your life. You may be feeling acutely sad, anxious, angry, tense, confused, or that you can no longer control how you feel. You may be experiencing problems in your relationships that are important to you.
Alongside my training in various therapy modalities, I have degrees in psychoanalytic theories and psychology. I have researched extensively in impact of childhood trauma, both historic and ongoing, and in particular in how it may affect development and relationships. While there are many counsellors and psychotherapists offering to work with a range of difficulties, it is helpful and more effective to seek a professional who specialises in trauma work if you feel your difficulties are related to a difficult event or series of events that you have experienced.
Similarly, therapeutic work with children and young people require particular understanding of how developing brains, bodies and minds work. I have specialised in this area of work and can draw on different methods including use of creative arts and play to foster therapeutic space for younger clients.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Core training in psychotherapy, counselling and psychology -
- PhD Psychoanalytical Theories
- MSc Art Psychotherapy
- PG Diploma Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- PG Diploma Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People
- BSc Psychology
- Additional and specialist training -
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
- CATT (Children's Accelerated Trauma Treatment)
- Therapeutic Play
- Dyadic Parent-Child Therapy
- Creative work with children with Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
- Reflective Supervision
- Yoga and Midfulness
- Professional accreditation and membership -
I am registered and accredited as an Art Psychotherapist with British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
I am registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP); additionally, I am a member of BACP Children, Young People and Families division.
I am a member of EMDR Association UK & Ireland.
I am a member of the PVG scheme (for work with adults and children).
- Who can I work with? -
I specialise in work with children and young people (aged 5-18), individual adults and family units (parent/carer and child).
- How do I work? -
I have qualifications and training background in a range of therapeutic modalities, which means I am able to work in a way that respects your needs, interests and strengths. My core training is in psychodynamic psychotherapy and art psychotherapy, and I see therapy as a collaborative, creative and liberating work between the client and the psychotherapist rather than a relationship where the therapist simply tells the client what to do.
When I work with a child or a young person, their parent or carer will be consulted on and supported throughout the process of therapy, in a way that respects confidential and therapeutic space for the child or the young person. Sometimes, working as family units may be appropriate; I will be able to explore with you the best way to work.
I have experience of working with individuals from all over the world, and I am confident working cross-culturally and with language support where appropriate.
I offer on-line sessions to those of you who find it difficult to, or prefer not to, travel to my therapy room in Central Glasgow.
As well as being a qualified psychotherapist, I am a trained yoga and mindfulness practitioner and am able to integrate holistic and multi-sensory approaches to wellbeing.
- What issues can I work with? -
I have particular interest in working with a range of issues which include, but are not limited to, loss and bereavement, complex trauma (in particular developmental and relational trauma), relationship difficulties at home and/or at school/work, sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic abuse, impact of personal issues (including trauma, abuse and addiction) on relationships, loneliness, identity issues, human rights abuses, vicarious and secondary traumatisation, and working with minority groups including refugees and asylum seekers.
Additionally, I have an extensive experience working with children with developmental disabilities including Autism spectrum disorder, hearing impairment, vision impairment, cerebral palsy and language and speech disorders. I am happy to be involved as a part of the child's support network along with their carers, teachers, siblings and other professionals.
I am also able to offer clinical supervision to counsellors, psychotherapists and professionals who work in therapeutic relationships.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
(keywords) therapy, psychotherapy, counselling, art therapy, child, children, young people, adolescents, teenagers, individuals, families, parent and child, attachment, development, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, trauma, PTSD, Autism, Asperger's syndrome, learning difficulties, impairment, developmental disabilities, loneliness, bullying, school, addiction, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, self-esteem, confidence, family issues, loss, bereavement, puberty, identity, minority, asylum seekers, refugees, unaccompanied children, kindness, compassion
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I offer a short, free consultation of up to 30 minutes. This can be face-to-face or over the phone, whichever is convenient and more comfortable for you.
Following this, my fees are £60 per 50 minute session, however if this makes it difficult for you to access my service, please get in touch and we can explore a Pay-What-You-Can option.
I have limited number of sessions available each month for no- or low- cost sessions for young people under the age of 18. Please ask me about this if you are interested.
(Pay-It-Forward scheme) If your situation means you are able to pay more than the published fees, please let me know as this would help me work more with those who are not able to pay fully for their sessions.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Can work with language support|
Types of client
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Supervision & training
I can offer clinical supervision to practicing counsellors, psychotherapists and creative therapists, as well as trainees and students in psychodynamic and art psychotherapy.View supervision profile