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Dr Kyoko Kobatake

MBACP(accred) HCPC / Purna Centre for Kindness and Wellbeing

About me

---While we face this Coronavirus/ COVID-19 outbreak, I have increased capacity for my online therapy sessions. This can be accessed from anywhere in the world. You may be struggling with the current situation full of unknowns, with the effect of changes to our day-to-day, with the impact on the education and schooling, employment/ job security, and relationships, or with hearing, witnessing or experiencing severe illness and losses. The sustained period of uncertainty may have stirred up residues of past experiences that remained hidden but unresolved. My hope is to help you feel grounded, more at peace and resilient. Please enquire.---

- 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.

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, exploratory 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? -

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 may be helpful and more effective to seek a professional who specialises in trauma work if you feel your difficulties are related to a significant 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.

- Who do I work with? -

I work primarily with individuals (children, young people and adults) and family units. I am particularly interested in working with adolescents and young adults. 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 all parties.

In addition I am confident in working with individual adults experiencing a range of effects from depression, anxiety and relationship issues through to severe and complex trauma and PTSD. My interest in child development informs my work with adults who may wish to unpick behavioural and relational patterns they have developed that may have roots in their childhood.

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

- Additional and specialist training -

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
  • CATT (Children's Accelerated Trauma Treatment)
  • NET (Narrative Exposure Therapy)
  • Therapeutic Play
  • Dyadic Parent-Child Therapy
  • Creative work with children with Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • Yoga and Mindfulness
  • Outdoor Therapy and Ecopsychology
  • Reflective Supervision

- 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 accredited as a counsellor/psychotherapist by British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (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).

- How do I work? How am I different from other therapists/ counsellors? -

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 across the world, and I am confident working cross-culturally and with language support where appropriate.

I offer on-line sessions via Zoom 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 psychotherapist, I am a qualified yoga teacher and mindfulness practitioner, and I enjoy integrating 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.

I am also able to offer reflective clinical supervision to counsellors, psychotherapists and professionals who work in therapeutic relationships.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.


EMDR Association UK



The British Association of Art Therapists

The British Association of Art Therapists

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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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, displacement, identity, racial trauma, minority, asylum seekers, refugees, unaccompanied children, kindness, compassion, coronavirus, COVID-19

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£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer a short, free consultation of up to 20 minutes. This can be face-to-face or over the phone, whichever is convenient and more comfortable for you.

Following this, my fees are £65 per 50 minute session. If you are a student or un/under-employed, you can access a concessionary rate of £55 per session. For couples/ families work, the fees start from £80 per session. I offer discount for block bookings.

I am registered with BUPA and several other private insurance providers.

I have limited number of sessions available each month for low- cost sessions for people who may be unable to pay the full fees. Please ask me about this if you are interested.

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.


I currently do not have any capacity to take on new clients (September 2021).


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Additional languages

Can work with community language support

Online platforms



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I can offer clinical supervision to practicing counsellors, psychotherapists and creative therapists, as well as trainees and students in psychodynamic and art psychotherapy.

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Dr Kyoko Kobatake

Dr Kyoko Kobatake