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

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

Stoke Damerel Parish Centre
85 Paradise Road

07305 927 297

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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.  Children who do not have the vocabulary to talk about difficult experience can greatly benefit from Art Therapy as well.

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

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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.  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 those affected by domestic abuse
  • Working in Forensic Mental Health
  • Working with families
  • Multi-disciplinary and Multi-agency work: NHS, Police, Social Services, CAMHS, Schools, GPs.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Photos & videos

  • The Art Therapy studio


  • Initial meeting / studio viewing: free
  • Assessment (once only): £60
  • Art Therapy session (one to one): £45

Maps & Directions

Plymouth, PL1 5QL

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Japanese


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Please contact for Nov. Dec. appointments.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

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

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