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Dr. Gwendolyn Drake, Psychologist

Stress, Anxiety Trauma and 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

17yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Expats, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Life Purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Women's 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

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.

Dr Drake doesn’t just hear you but listens. She asked thoughtful questions that shows she is listening and probes to uncover additional information you may not have thought was relevant. Very kind and empathetic without feeling judged.

Written on Jan 17, 2023 after therapy with Gwendolyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Dr. Drake has been a calming and stabilizing influence during my grieving. She listens intently, is non-judgemental, knows how to compassionately offer guidance, and makes me feel like she's got my back. I enjoy each session and count her as an important enabler to me building my new solid foundation for myself.

Written on Jan 02, 2023 after therapy with Gwendolyn for 5 months on issues concerning depression, grief, and coping with life changes

Dr. Drake is an amazing listener and makes you feel comfortable from your very first interaction with her. I’ve not had many sessions with her, but I can already tell she is excellent at what she does. Not only that, but you can easily tell she does actually care about her clients from the very first meeting with them. I would recommend Dr.Drake to anyone!

Written on Dec 30, 2022 after therapy with Gwendolyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

Great therapist!

Written on Dec 10, 2022 after therapy with Gwendolyn for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Dr. Drake is kind and she really listens. I didn’t have many sessions with her but she has an open and friendly demeanor.

Written on Sep 30, 2022 after therapy with Gwendolyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Dr. Drake is personable and supportive, providing several strategies and worksheets that effectively breakdown the session at hand. I leave her sessions feeling seen and rejuvenated to tackle another week.

Written on Sep 28, 2022 after therapy with Gwendolyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues