Harriet Drake MSc COSRT (accred) UKCP (Reframe Counselling)
I am a highly qualified relationship counsellor and psychosexual therapist and supervisor with over 15 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 and have a practice in Greenwich and Canary Wharf.
I'll offer you an initial session lasting 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.
My particular areas of interest include:
- Depression (a frequent factor in relationship problems)
- 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.
Training, qualifications & 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 therapy and a diploma in supervision from the Society of Analytical Psychology. I work at TCCR as a psychosexual supervisor and as a supervisor and trainer on their Couple Therapy for Depression Training programme for therapists working in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services in the NHS. I supervise practitioners, supervisors, and trainers in this particular model.
My publications include co-authorship of the book “Couple Therapy for Depression: a clinician’s guide to integrative practice” Hewison, Clulow and Drake (2014) OUP.
The book is a stimulating read, and an excellent step by step primer on depression and its treatment for trainee therapists and even for people seeking therapy. It also provides a useful and informative update for more experienced clinicians. The way therapist’s essential competences were decided and the training developed is fascinating and would be useful to other psychological therapy organisations whose work has not yet been widely adopted. I particularly like the use of case examples and of reflective practice questions at the end of each chapter. (Professor the Baroness Shiela Hollins,Past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, past Chair of the Division of Mental Health, and current patron of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors)
This is an important book that will become a core text for all therapists who work with couples. By bringing together both a review of the research on couple therapy and a framework for clinical practice, the book will give therapists the skills and knowledge to work confidently and effectively with couples who are troubled by depression. (Nick Turner Former Director of the Relate Institute and Head of Clinical Services at Relate)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
couple therapy for depression
Fees range from £70 to £125 depending on location, duration and type of work agreed upon (individual, couple or psychosexual)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer some evening and weekend sessions as well as day time appointments
Types of client
Supervision & training
I offer psychosexual and individual and couple supervision.