Below are real letters and testimonials from graduates of my program.
The end of endless therapy. I believe in giving you the tools to recover from your childhood trauma, re-parent yourself, repair your life and have the freedom to be all you were meant to be. Though I miss my clients once they graduate, I understand that the greatest compliment of any therapist’s work is when clients bloom and thrive in the “real world”; not just within the protective walls of a psychotherapists’ office.
I’m on your side,
Dr. Arlene Drake
I finally realized that I deserved better, I deserved to live fully.
There was a time when I couldn’t confront my mother and father. I was so afraid to hurt them, disrupt the family system. You were patient and honest. It was pivotal to me when you said, “as long as you keep them off the hook, you leave yourself on it.” I finally realized that I deserved better, I deserved to live fully. I was tired of paying their dues.
I confronted them and spoke the truth. The truth that I had been beaten for. Beaten to try to keep me quiet. Now, with your help I’m finally free! I have confidence and a sense of peace. I couldn’t have done this without you. You were the perfect woman for the job. Therapist, mentor, friend.
With love and respect,
I thought that love could never exist for me.
After 5 years of sobriety I had reached a place in my life where I was still unhappy, angry and I thought that love could never exist for me. A friend mine in AA, who once had the same issues, was honest enough to tell me she had been sexually abused as a child. She told me she had found an amazing therapist that had groups designed for overcoming trauma. She gave me your number and I called you the next day. It was the best decision I ever made.
Arlene, you, taught me how to re-parent myself and, ultimately, to love myself. I had many other experiences with therapy but they never really reached the core of my issues and they all felt like never ending cycles. The best thing about your therapy is that it’s deigned to heal so there is an end and you graduate and learn how to be happy and whole in your life. Thank you for being an angel who has dedicated her life to helping and healing people, like me, who were robbed of their childhoods.
Thank you for my life and freedom.
You helped perform the miracle of growing up. Thank you so much for all your love, help, support and wisdom. I would not have made it through the last 3 years without you. Thank you for my life and freedom.
There was no messing around—this was work.
Last year I began working at a women’s residential chemical dependency rehab. Of course, over 60% of my clients presented with sexual abuse and trauma. One day, while in group, I caught myself sitting with my legs tucked underneath me, listening to a client read the first letter to their perpetrator. As I realized I was doing as you had taught me, my heart smiled. I remember how you would sit in your chair as you facilitated group. Your class, graceful hands and energetic, passionate approach to therapy struck me. There was no messing around—this was work.
My peers have told me I have an assertive style to therapy. That I tell it like it is and don’t give into the “yeah but’s”. I think I learned that from you as you modeled it while I was your client.
You forever have a place in my heart. You brought me out of my sleep and I respect and admire you very much.
I am now at peace, something I have never been.
Where do I begin? You saved my life and I will be forever grateful. You have a true gift of healing, and as far as I am concerned nobody does it better. I owe my sanity to you. You encouraged me to see things I never saw, and take risks I would have never taken. Each step was difficult, but in the end proved to be very rewarding. I am here today, feeling like a much different woman than I did when I first met you. Thank you for helping me re-discover my life, my family, and most of all myself. I am now at peace, something I have never been. Boy does it feel good.
With love and respect forever,
I am the man I am today for knowing you.
Thank you for your sometimes tough and often tender love. You have been my teacher, my mentor, and always my friend. What do you say to someone who has changed your life? You have led me on the Path – sometimes pulling, sometimes pushing, but never letting go. I am the man I am today for knowing you.
Your loving and faithful friend always,