Naomi Pears-Scown

Arts Therapist


Caseload full I am not currently taking on any more clients at present


Emphasising the creative process over the end product.
Compassion, self-expression, and reflection as tools for healing.
This is a space for you to breathe and be.
Arts therapy sessions are held in my beautiful, bush-surrounded studio in Orewa.

Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Identity
  • Mental Health
  • Personal Development
  • PTSD
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress
  • Trauma

Counselling/Therapy Services

You might begin a session knowing exactly what you’d like to work with and talk about, or you might not.  It might have taken all the energy you have to just show up. However you arrive, I’m here with you, to guide and collaborate and hold this space for you. I will not be making any diagnoses or interpretations based on the art that you make, or how you make it. This is a space and opportunity for you to explore, pause, reflect, be curious, and to make your own meaning of what might come up. Our time together is confidential, respectful, and collaborative.

Arts Therapy is for people who would like to use creativity, along with other tools, to increase their ability to cope with challenges. Sometimes people enter Arts Therapy when traditional talk-based therapies have not worked for them, or when they want to explore their creativity as a tool for healing in their lives. Feedback from clients I have worked with have found my approach helpful in relaxing them and helping them feel grounded, making them feel safe in their bodies, giving them space to process their pain and trauma, and engaging them in an activity that is both fun and freeing.

Counselling/Therapy Approach

I am passionate about supporting people to access their innate creativity and improve their wellbeing. My personalised approach is trauma-informed, strengths-based, mindful, and person-centred. My style and personality is gentle, sensitive, grounded, and compassionate.

I like to work in a client-led way, and provide prompts and materials as a starting point to help anchor clients and honour their experiences. I implement a broad range of interventions that integrate several therapeutic areas at the same time such as visual arts making, writing, mindfulness, sensory work, storytelling, talking, play-therapy, movement, and mindfulness.

Background and Experience

I have worked with a range of individuals over the past 8 years, facilitating individual therapy, weekly arts therapy groups, creative workshops and self-development groups.

  • Sexual Violence sector providing ACC Sensitive Claims therapy
  • Individual therapy to children, adolescents and young adults
  • Individual and group therapy in primary, intermediate, and secondary schools
  • Oranga Tamariki working with children in care
  • Dementia and hospital groups for the elderly
  • Community and residential mental health group work
  • Intellectual Disability group work


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Registered Clinical Arts Therapist
-Professional Member of the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Arts Therapy Association (MANZACATA)
- ACC Registered Counsellor

Q Qualifications

Graduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy - AUT

Master of Arts (Clinical Arts Therapy, First Class Honours)- Whitecliffe College of Arts and Deign

Bachelor of Arts (Social Anthropology & Religious Studies)- Massey University

Certificate of Proficiency in Youth Addiction and Co-existing Problems- Auckland University

Q Appointments

Monday - Friday
Flexible times

Individual arts therapy sessions are held in my beautiful studio in Orewa and are usually an hour long. Most people come to therapy weekly or fortnightly for a period of time.

Q Fees

ACC Sensitive Claims sessions are fully funded for survivors of sexual assault.

If you are under 25 years old, we can get funding through I Am Hope Gumboot Friday.

If you are between 12-24 years old, we may also be able to access funding through the Health West Youth Hub.

I can help you with all of these processes.

Otherwise, if you are paying privately, my session rate is $120 (GST inclusive).

Q Payment Options

Cash or bank transfer