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Dr Gareth Drake

Dr Gareth Drake CPsychol, MSc, DClinpsy, PGDip,
Clinical Affiliate, CPG

Gareth is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, professionally registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). He has extensive clinical experience with clients across the lifespan in a range of public and private sector settings.

Alongside his work with City Psychology Group, he is employed by the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust in an innovative service that supports GPs via the provision of assessment, joint consultation and treatment for people struggling with complex or persistent psychological and physical difficulties in primary care.
Through his unique clinical experience, Gareth has developed skills to respond effectively to the diverse needs and particular distress of the clients he meets with for psychological therapy. Whether this is due to chronic physical pain, relationship or employment stress, early life events, losses or traumatic changes, Gareth seeks to provide a therapeutic space in which such experiences can be thought about with warmth and curiosity.

Gareth draws on a range of evidence-based treatments in his clinical work. He has found that contemporary third-wave cognitive and behavioural (CBT) models - Mindfulness-based, Compassion-focussed and Acceptance and Commitment therapies - can provide, even over a relatively short period of time, a helpful reframing or shifting of perspective in relation to distress, leading to relief and clarity where previously there had been a sense of hopelessness. He is interested in both the practice of mindfulness and its use in clinical settings, where he has applied it individually with clients, to groups in the form of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, and in teaching sessions to nursing and medical professionals. He has found his further training in psychodynamic therapy useful when thinking about problematic patterns in relationships that seem to persist or be repeated, despite the upset they cause.

Gareth is particularly interested in the convergence of different therapy approaches and in the link between bodily distress, pain and emotional difficulties. He seeks, alongside his clinical work, to continue publishing research in this burgeoning field.

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