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JOHN DRAKE, ms, lmhc 

From 1977 through 1987 John worked as a counselor and family relations worker in group homes for troubled adolescent boys and girls.  The goals of these clients were most often to return their family home.  Some had the goal to emancipate from the family and learn skills to live independently.  

"I completed the practicum for my Master’s Degree at Children’s Home Society in Spokane, WA. where I provided family, group, and individual counseling services to at-risk children and their families. That included facilitating Parents Anonymous groups for stressed parents.  Subsequently, I provided specialized counseling to families in danger of having a child placed out of the home, developmentally delayed clients with community protection issues, seniors and long term care clients in nursing homes. Most of my work now is helping people who have substance abuse problems, and often a history of trauma."      

Types of Counseling and Methods

John uses an integrated counseling approach tailored to each person’s style, needs, and goals.  Overall, he uses what works, drawing on training in a variety of therapeutic methods including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Behavioral Therapy.  He believes most clients benefit greatly from unconditional positive regard from a genuinely empathic therapist.  John has also had training to address Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and bi-polar disorder.  Other areas John works in are improving communication and managing emotions. 

Professional Qualifications and Experience
1977     Bachelor of Arts - Social Work - Eastern Washington State College
1991     Master of Science - Applied Psychology - Eastern Washington University
2017     Certified - EMDR Treatment of Trauma - EMDR International Association

Current Licensure
Licensed - Mental Health Counselor - LH00011090 - State of Washington
Licensed - Chemical Dependency Professional - CP6037808 - State of Washington