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Harriet Drake

Who am I?

I am a highly qualified relationship counsellor and psychosexual therapist with over 12 years’ experience of providing individual and couple therapy with clients wishing to develop, maintain, repair or perhaps end their intimate relationships. This includes same sex relationships and clients from a range of cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds. I work as an integrative therapist based on psychotherapy drawing on CBT techniques when appropriate.

My particular areas of interest include:
• Depression (a frequent factor in relationship
• Anxiety issues (including panic attacks and other anxiety-related issues
• Stress management
• Difficulties in communication
• Affairs and the impact on relationships
• Anger/conflict management
• Separation and divorce
• Parenting (including step-parenting)
• Loss of sexual desire
• Breakdown of sexual relationship
• Erectile problems and painful sex

Qualifications and experience
I worked as a health psychologist at Guy’s hospital before training at The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships in individual and couple psychodynamic therapy. I have an MSc in psychosexual and relationship therapy. I continue to work at TCCR as a clinician and trainer where I was previously the lead trainer and supervisor in their Couple Therapy for Depression Training for therapists working in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services in the NHS. I supervise practitioners, supervisors, and trainers in this particular model.

As part of my professional and ethical commitment to maintain and develop my skills I engage in regular Continuing Professional Development. This includes taking specialist short courses, writing for publication and presenting at conferences and training events.

How I work
An initial session will last 50 minutes, during which I will discuss with you the exact nature of the problems you’re having and when things started to get difficult. I’ll ask you about your current family circumstances, early experiences and family history, in order to understand you better. At the end of the first session we’ll have made a start in trying to understand patterns that you may be stuck in and how therapy might help you. Follow-up sessions are usually scheduled weekly at the same time and are also of 50 minutes duration.  I offer time-limited and open –ended therapy depending on your specific needs. Treatment can vary from 6 sessions to a year or longer. Sometimes a short-term piece of work over a few sessions can be used as an introduction to something longer.

All my work is confidential, subject to the limitations on confidentiality imposed by law and by what professional bodies recognise as best practice. My aim is to ensure my work with you is safe, effective and professional. I therefore receive regular supervision from a senior fellow professional. Client confidentiality is maintained by strict use of anonymity in supervision.

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