Dr Alexander Drake
Qualifications: DClinPsy, MSc, BSc
Accreditation and registered:Health and Care Professions Council (HPCP)
Availability: Thursdays & Fridays
Dr Alexander Drake is an HCPC-registered clinical psychologist who offers a compassionate, safe, and non-judgemental space for you to explore the problems that are holding you back in life and find a new, healthier, happier, and more engaged way of living. If you are fed up, miserable, struggling to cope, or trying to move your life in a different direction, Dr Drake can help.
Drawing from his breadth of experience in the NHS, private healthcare and third sector, Dr Drake specialises in treating anxiety, depression, bi-polar, anger, attachment, trauma, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, functional neurological disorder (FND), medically unexplained symptoms, and work and relationship problems. He has worked in adult and older adult mental health, substance misuse, learning disability, neuropsychology, and functional neurology, and applies his breadth of knowledge to a deep understanding of the conditions he specialises in.
Dr Drake is interested in enhancing therapeutic outcomes via deliberate practice, improving our understanding of how anxiety can manifest in the body (e.g. as nausea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), dizziness/vertigo, tinnitus, blurred vision, headaches and migraines, pins and needles, shaking) and how these physical symptoms of psychological distress can be resolved, and developing our understanding of the precise mechanism by which our body expresses psychological distress.
For those thinking of embarking upon a therapeutic journey, Dr Drake uses a therapy called intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP), a novel, rigorous and evidence-based method that aims to produce the greatest possible therapeutic gain in the shortest time possible. ISTDP is an integrative therapy – it incorporates ideas from many approaches – that will help you to examine your thoughts (cognitive therapy), actions (cognitive behavioural therapy), relationship patterns (psychoanalysis, systemic therapy), attention (mindfulness therapy), and feelings (emotion-focused therapy), so you can discover the self-defeating behaviours that hold you back. You will then be helped to identify for yourself alternative ways of living that you can choose to use instead. Dr Drake will also help you to notice and attend to the ways your body suffers from your psychological distress and, if necessary, teach you techniques for downregulating your body so your physical symptoms improve. A collaborative process from beginning to end, you will be guided and invited – never pushed or pulled – to heal and grow as quickly as you are able.
A passionate learner, winner of two university prizes and published academic author, Dr Drake continues to refine his understanding of human psychology so he can provide the highest quality professional service to you. He also provides his expert opinion to the courts, for which he provides assessments of capacity and cognition of litigants in family law cases.