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About me

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy known to be a gentle way of treating trauma and various emotional struggles. We sometimes find that words cannot express how we feel, or what we have been through.  Since Art Therapy does not need to solely rely on spoken language, it can access often inaccessible places, so that you can process your thoughts and feelings in a different way.  It is also effective for children who do not have the vocabulary to talk about difficult experience.

In Art Therapy, you do not have to be good at art, or even talking.  Art materials allow you to have control, and they can let you externalise your difficult feelings without having to reveal everything; once they are ‘out there’, safely expressed in your artwork, you can take time to explore them slowly.  I will respect your privacy and guide you through this process.

Art Therapy can help various issues including: Confidence and self-esteem, Emotional/behavioural difficulties, Family issues, Experience of abuse, Self-harm and suicidal thoughts, Depression and anxiety, Major life changes, Past trauma, Loss of control, confusion and uncertainty, and Mental health struggles

For more details, please visit my website: www.arttherapyplymouth.com.

I am a registered Art Psychotherapist with the HCPC, a Recognised Private Practitioner/Supervisor with the British Association of Art Therapists.  I gained my Art Psychotherapy MA in 2008 working in Forensic Mental Health, and I have since been treating children and young people who experienced sexual violence and abuse and adults with complex mental health issues.  I believe everyone is different, therefore exploring each person’s world and learning how they think is key to effective treatment.  So getting to know you will be the first part of my work with you.

I am fully insured and DBS checked at the enhanced level, to ensure safe practice with you, or your child.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA in Art Psychotherapy
  • Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture
  • Art psychotherapy supervision
  • Foundation in Family Therapy
  • BA in Art and Design
  • Working with children and young people who have experienced sexual assault/abuse
  • Working with adults suffering from complex mental health issues
  • Working with those affected by domestic abuse
  • Working in Forensic Mental Health
  • Working with families
  • Woking in the NHS
  • Multi-agency / Multi-disciplinary: NHS, CAMHS, Police, Social Services, Schools.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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.

Therapies offered

  • Art therapy/Art psychotherapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic

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  • Initial meeting / studio viewing / online consultation: free
  • Art Therapy session (one to one): £50
  • Assessment (once only): £65
  • Online Art Therapy session (one to one): £35
  • Online / telephone assessment (once only): £50
  • Art Psychotherapy supervision £55


Friday is currently available for face-to face work (see website).

Online Art Therapy

Stoke Damerel Parish Centre
85 Paradise Road

Key details

Sign language
Other languages Japanese
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Unfortunately, access to the studio is only possible by stairs. If you have a limited mobility, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Art Therapy clinical supervision is one to one for 60 minutes, held at the studio of Stoke Damerel Parish Centre.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Art Therapy In Plymouth - Naoko Takematsu, MA, MFA, HCPC/BAAT reg.

Art Therapy In Plymouth - Naoko Takematsu, MA, MFA, HCPC/BAAT reg.