Melanie Drake MBACP

Melanie Drake MBACP

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East Sussex

0330 010 3430 / 07971 647393

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About me

By coming to personal therapy, you may be seeking to find relief and gain insight into the obstacles which might be blocking your path to health and happiness. Whatever your circumstances, therapy can be the first step in an empowering journey of self-awareness and transformational change. By shedding light on blind spots and working with you to overcome inner resistance, I can help you move forward equipped with the strategies you need to thrive.

Therapy offers a safe, confidential place where you can talk about your relationships and emotions or difficult events in your life which you wish to make sense of. Or you might have unhelpful or negative thoughts and behaviours that you want to change. You don't have to be in crisis to have therapy.

I will not give you advice or solve your problems for you. I will listen to your story, helping you to understand yourself better and make positive changes in your life.

The arc of therapy is a process, not an event.

How it works:

We will usually have a number of scheduled, regular sessions lasting for around 50 minutes. This time will be yours every week. We can then begin to engage in a supportive, collaborative process. I suggest an initial commitment of 12 sessions, after which we can review our work and decide how to proceed. However, you can stay in therapy for as long as you wish.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

Child Play Therapist/Counsellor - Training at Place2Be

Group Therapy Facilitator - Adults

12 Step Recovery

MBACP (membership #376475)

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • dysfunction
  • abandonment
  • abuse in relationships
  • obsession and compulsion
  • social anxiety
  • aging
  • alcohol abuse
  • anxiety disorder
  • attachment problems
  • sex issues
  • co-dependency
  • depression
  • divorce adjustment
  • drug and alcohol
  • pornography addiction
  • emotional regulation
  • online addictions


London Practice

50 Minute Individual Therapy Session - £80
30 Minute Introductory Session - £40
90 Minute Individual Session - £140

Rye Practice

50 Minute Individual Therapy Session - £50
30 Minute Introductory Session - £30
90 Minute Individual Session - £90

Further information

Some of the difficulties that I can help you with are:

  • anxiety
  • stress
  • alcoholism
  • addiction
  • feeling sad
  • low esteem
  • depression
  • loss of meaning and purpose
  • relationship and marriage issues
  • family issues
  • separation and divorce
  • affairs and betrayals
  • break-ups
  • infidelity
  • adjusting to change
  • life transitions
  • co-dependency
  • people pleasing
  • loneliness
  • attachment and abandonment
  • drug and alcohol misuse
  • low self-confidence
  • feelings of inferiority
  • loss and grief
  • abortion
  • forgiveness
  • guilt
  • shame
  • spirituality
  • midlife transition
  • aging

Maps & Directions

Chelsea, SW10
Rye, TN31

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

Please note: The access to my practice is via a staircase at both locations so, unfortunately, it is not accessible for wheelchair users.


Chelsea: Tuesdays 12pm-8pm and Wednesdays 12pm-8pm

Kensington: Thursdays 10am-3pm

Rye: Fridays 12pm-7pm

Types of client

Older adults