Counselor / Therapist

Ana Drake, LPC

Ana Drake, LPC photo
Licensed Professional Counselor
Portrait Health Centers are multi-specialty clinics that employ the most cutting-edge and proven assessment protocols and treatment options available, believing that an Effective Treatment Depends On An Accurate Diagnosis. Individuals should not have to “play doctor” by researching available treatments and then self-selecting which of these treatments has been scientifically validated and would be most appropriate for themselves or their family. At Portrait Health Centers, we provide a comprehensive and multi-specialty assessment to determine the underlying causes of your symptoms and incorporate an appropriate treatment plan.
Specialties: Included but not limited to Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Grief and Loss, Career Counseling, Relationship Conflicts, Substance Use, Anger/Stress Management, Behavioral Issues, Body Image, Coping Skills, Eating Disorders, Self-Esteem, Self-Harm, Social Skills, Trauma and PTSD, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Issues related to Culture, Multicultural Issues, Communication Issues, Attachment, Sexual Identity, Wellness and Self Care, Parenting, Postpartum Concerns

Population specialties: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Individual and Group

I believe that the key for successful therapy is the relationship between the client and the counselor. This relationship will promote the client’s capacity to discover and use his/her inner resources to change. Therapy can be scary and provoke a lot anxiety. I try to experience my clients’ world with empathy through our relationship to gain understanding of their issues. I believe that each individual is different and each person carries his/her own set of experiences, struggles, and fears. Because of this, they are unique, and they need to be treated according to their individuality. While each person is ultimately responsible for their own journey, we will work as a team to find the best fit for treatment according to his/her needs. Together we will work towards opportunities to find their balance in life.

I received my Master of Arts in Human Development Counseling from the University of Illinois in Springfield. I also graduated with my bachelors in Psychology in Brazil where I previously worked as a therapist. I am a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. I am also recognized by and part of Chi Sigma Iota International (an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling). Besides English, I speak Portuguese and I understand Spanish.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and with my friends. I like reading and watching the news on the internet, and I also like shopping.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Educational Therapy  Online / Phone / Skype Therapy
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  EMDR Therapy  Pet Therapy
 Adolescents  Family Conflict  Play Therapy
 Adoption  Gay or Lesbian Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Anger Management  Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Premarital Counseling
 Anxiety and Panic  Gifted / Talented Issues  Problem Gambling
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)  Grief and Loss  Psychoanalysis
 Asperger's Syndrome  Group Therapy  Psychological Evaluation / Testing
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Herpes and STD Counseling  Psychopharmacology
 Bicultural Difficulties  Hypnotherapy  Relationship Issues
 Body Image Issues  Learning Disabilities  Religious Counseling
 Caregiver Issues  Life and Wellness Coaching  Self Esteem Issues
 Children's Counseling  Life Transitions  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Chronic Illness  Loneliness  Sexual Dysfunction
 Couples Therapy  Marriage & Family Therapy  Stress Management
 Depression  Marriage Counseling  Trauma and PTSD
 Divorce  Men's Issues  Women's Issues
 Domestic Violence  Neuropsychological Evaluation / Testing  Work and Career Issues
 Eating Disorders  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)