Yumiko Kamata

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MS, MBACP; GMBPsS, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Available for new clients
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Leicester LE2 & London N1
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

                   I currently offer face-to-face / zoom online sessions

I am a qualified Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. Since therapy is not one size fits all, I work in the way that is most suitable to your preference by drawing on a number of established psychotherapeutic approaches depending on your needs and preference (e.g.psychodynamic, CBT, humanistic approaches).

Integrative therapy is also an approach to wellness that recognises the     interconnection between mind, body and soul.

I am also a certified Somatic Experiencing®Practitioner (SEP), having completed 3+ years of training. Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) is a naturalistic, and neurobiological, body-oriented approach to healing traumas (i.e. shock/medical trauma, developmental trauma) and other stress-related disorders. It is known to be a safe and powerful approach developed by Dr. Peter Levine.

I integrate a SE™ into my practising psychotherapy if necessary... 

Body is the container that holds the human pre-verbal experience before the mind labels them. Integrating body's instinctive 'felt sense' into psychotherapeutic approaches can help us to be aware of what is really going on in the present and to heal underlying issues rooted in the past much more than the mind alone can do

I believe that at the heart of resilience is a belief in oneself. The safe and supportive space to work through our personal difficulties would enable us to be in touch with our real needs. A warm, non-judgmental and trustworthy voice is sometimes all you need to resonate with. However; we sometimes benefit from exploring our resources holistically, which may include emotions/affects, behaviours/movements, thoughts/meanings, images and physical sensations......

                            You do not have to suffer alone...

I am empathetic, non-judgmental, engaged and collaborative. Together, we can explore your needs and process what arises using the resources you have. I'll invite you to "be curious" about the process.....

I have a good understanding of the challenges that culturally diverse individuals and societies face.

Training, qualifications & experience


Bachelor of Art (BA) in Psychology  (Sophia University, 2000).

Masters of Science (MS) in Counselling (San Francisco State University, 2003).

PG Certification in Clinical Psychology (University of Birmingham, 2015).

Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP)


Registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

Graduate membership of British Psychological Society (MBPsS) with Graduate Basis of Charted Membership (GBC)

Training & Work Experiences

Shiba children's counselling clinic, Family Service agency of San Francisco, Care home, California Pacific Medical Centre (skilled nursing unit / palliative care unit), Non-profit social service agency, Cruse Bereavement Care, Birmingham NHS Queen Elizabeth hospital, Coping with cancer, primary&secondary schools in Leicestershire etc.

I currently work with adults (+16) and couples in private practice. While working in private practise, I worked as a school counsellor for 5 years. 

I am a member of Sullivan & Associates. 

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£40.00 - £80.00

Additional information

 Leicester ( LE2 or LE4) face to face:

Individual counselling/SE session £60 (55mins) ; Couple therapy£70 (55mins)

I am currently not taking any new clients in London

Online Counselling/SE session via Zoom:

Individual counselling/SE £40-50  (Please feel free to determine the fee corresponds with your financial situation)

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Yumiko Kamata
Yumiko Kamata