I am a Certified Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Professional (CAADP), and a Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor, level III (ACGC-III) in the state of Alabama. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Alabama. I have worked in the field of addictions and mental health for over 20 years.
My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect and compassion. I provide a nonjudgmental zone and exercise the use of “person-first” language. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral and client-centered therapeutic approaches. I make use of motivational interviewing in most of my session, but am also well versed in other therapeutic styles of facilitating counseling sessions. My specialty area is co-occurring disorders with adolescents and young adults. I have since broadened my scope to focus on the mental health needs of student-athletes with emphasis on transitioning from high school competition to intercollegiate sports as well as the impact of transitioning to life after competition. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
I am glad that you have taken the first step and look forward as you continue to move forward in your recovery/healing process.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Career difficulties, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Money and Financial Issues, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Love, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
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Dr Drake is amazing! I’m so glad I’ve found her. She is attentive and really listens to what you’re saying and how you feel. When you can’t find the words you’re trying to say she has then. I highy recommend
Written on Sep 10, 2022 after therapy with Carmela for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and self esteem
she’s amazing !!
Written on Apr 06, 2022 after therapy with Carmela for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, anger management, career difficulties, and coaching