Dr Kyoko Kobatake (Purna Centre for Kindness and Wellbeing)

Dr Kyoko Kobatake (Purna Centre for Kindness and Wellbeing)


07942 646757

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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. If you are struggling with the current situation full of unknowns, with the effect of isolation and changes to our day-to-day, with the school/ college closure or the impact on your employment/ job security, or with hearing, witnessing or experiencing severe illness, I may be able to support 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 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 and adults) and family units. I am particularly interested 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 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
  • BSc Psychology

- Additional and specialist training -

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

- 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 all over 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 qualified 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.

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

EMDR UK & Ireland

Accredited register membership

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, coronavirus, COVID-19

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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 offer discount for a block booking. ---If you are impacted by the current COVID-19 outbreak and feel that you are unable to pay the full fees, please enquire and we can assess what may be possible.---

I have limited number of sessions available each month for no- or low- cost sessions for people who may be unable to pay the full fees. 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

Glasgow, G3

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: Can work with language support


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


I have limited availability on Thursdays and Fridays at the moment (March 2020).

Types of client

Young people
Employee Assistance Programme

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.

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