Alisa Drake

(MA, LPC)

About Me

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Alaska. I earned my Bachelor’s in Psychology (1998) and my Master’s in Counseling Education (1999). I have spent the past 17 years working with adults whose lives have been impacted by sexual abuse, childhood trauma, sexual assault, domestic violence, addictions, depression, suicide, grief and loss, anxiety, and more. Having also worked in both men’s and women’s prisons for over a decade, I am uniquely equipped to provide counseling support to both those who have experienced abuse/harm, as well as, those who have caused abuse/harm.

Alaska is a beautifully diverse state with a large population of Alaska Native/American Indian individuals. Being fortunate enough to have traveled to many rural villages to provide workshops, trainings, and counseling support, I have developed a strong cultural sensitivity, a respect for the spiritual beliefs of others, and a deep honor for people from all walks of life.

My first mission as a therapist is to listen, show compassion, listen some more, come alongside you, empower you to grow, and help you facilitate positive change. While being gracious and compassionate are core aspects of my style, speaking hard truths and identifying areas of growth are also key components in my approach. Together, we will have opportunities to explore both your past and current circumstances and consider the ways that they are impacting you, and those whom you love, today.

While I do uniquely tailor my approach to meet a clients specific needs, I will often use the frameworks of both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy for a solution-focused approach. Most clients I have worked with over the years have expressed an appreciation for my laid-back style and my light-hearted sense of humor. Life can be hard and painful and it is my belief that we need to “come up for air” every so often to smile and laugh; to reflect and appreciate the progresses made; and to fully embrace that hope and healing are possible.

On a personal note, I was born and raised in the great state of Alaska and am 4th generation Alaskan. My husband and I have three sons and quite a few chickens. When I’m not working, you can find me, my husband, and our boys out in the great outdoors, where we live a subsistence lifestyle of hunting and fishing. I also love a good book (forget using screens to read ... give me a good old fashioned paper and ink book to hold), cooking, gardening, horseback riding, and jumping on the trampoline with my boys. What I don't love is shoveling the driveway, potty-training boys, and plate-sized jumping spiders in Australia (google it).

My BetterHelp workdays are Mondays and Thursdays. You'll find that I am most available and responsive on those days. If you need a urgent reply on any other day, just let me know, I will work diligently to connect with you. I’m glad you’ve reached out to BetterHelp.com and I look forward to partnering with you on your journey to health and healing.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Relationship
  • Trauma and abuse

I also have experience in Family, Grief, Parenting, Self esteem, Depression

Years of Experience: 17

Licensing

LPC #901 (Expires: 2017-10-31)


Reviews

Written by K.I. on Sep 14, 2017 after counseling with Alisa for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and trauma and abuse

Alisa Drake is supportive. She has a knack in my case for getting right through to what is the problem. She does not minimize my distress but empathises, and which in my case, really helps! Thank you

Written by A.Z. on Sep 06, 2017 after counseling with Alisa for 1 month relationship, family, and parenting

After I stopped counseling with a previous therapist because we didn't get on, I was paired with Alisa. I can honestly say Alisa is the best therapist I have ever had. She is attentive, makes me question myself and is never judgemental. I feel as if she gets me, takes the time to read my messages and responds to them with care and consideration. I would recommend her to anyone if they are looking for a therapist.

Written by L.Y. on Aug 04, 2017 after counseling with Alisa for 2 weeks relationship, trauma and abuse, and grief

Alisa has been remarkable for me in just a short time. She is very supportive and acknowledges the deep moments and painful times I share with her before recommending things to me to assist.
I feel I have a connection with Alisa. I can share with her more than I have been able to share with close friends of family. I am very grateful for her support and expertise.