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Dr. Gwendolyn Drake, Psychologist

Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

I believe that a sense of compassion is essential in dealing with life's challenges, and I take my work and my clients seriously. Seeking help is difficult enough, and it's my job to make the process easier by offering my clients a warm, empathic, and safe place to address their challenges and concerns. If you are struggling with a particular issue, or simply looking for a safe place to express yourself, I'm excited to begin the process with you.

I am a clinical psychologist with 17 years of experience, and am currently licensed in Virginia, Tennessee and Arkansas. I was excited to join the BetterHelp team because I have always believed that mental health services are more effective in a range of formats, and in a manner that makes them accessible anytime and anywhere. My areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, trauma, stress and adjusting to many of the challenges life throws our way. I utilize a client-centered approach (meaning that YOU are the expert on you) that will allow you to identify your own strengths and resources, as well as cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based and dialectical behavior therapeutic approaches.

I look forward to speaking with you!

Professional experience

18yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Depression Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Compassion fatigue, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Expats, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / loneliness, Life purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and financial issues, Mood disorders , Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Women's issues, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Services offered

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License information

TN Psychologist 3537

VA Psychologist 0810004452

AR Psychologist 202222


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Gwendolyn Drake. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

I am very pleased with my sessions with Dr. Drake. She understands me and encourages me.

Written on Apr 05, 2024 after therapy with Gwendolyn for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, grief, and coping with life changes

I have been seeing Dr. Drake for a couple of years now. Initially it was to process trauma and past that, she has been just as helpful to help me talk through every day struggles. She is quick to communicate when scheduling, and very accommodating with my schedule. She has truly helped me through so much and I continue to feel heard and helped :)

Written on Apr 02, 2024 after therapy with Gwendolyn for 2 years and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Dr. Drake is an empathetic and insightful therapist. She has helped me navigate complicated personal and professional challenges.

Written on Mar 25, 2024 after therapy with Gwendolyn for 2 years and 7 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Dr. Drake is very kind and knowledgeable and I really enjoy our sessions.

Written on Jan 30, 2024 after therapy with Gwendolyn for 1 month on issues concerning depression, grief, intimacy-related issues, and anger management

She is very good at what she does. She was easy to talk to.

Written on Dec 25, 2023 after therapy with Gwendolyn for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue

Dr. Drake is very focused during our sessions and very client oriented/driven. We can be focused on a specific thing that we planned to discuss, but she can tell and will ask if something else is weighing on my mind even more at the time. She is flexible and very aware. She is SO genuine and it is SO refreshing. She takes great notes and constantly repeats things back to me for clarification and understanding. I am rarely anxious for my sessions like I was with previous therapists, because she actually HELPS with the anxiety and shame and stress, which is what therapy and counseling is supposed to be. Another major thing I appreciate about her is that she gives tough love--she will make sure I check my motives, my thoughts against myself and see a bigger picture, not constantly be stuck in the moment. She is the real deal.

Written on Oct 10, 2023 after therapy with Gwendolyn for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, self esteem, and compassion fatigue