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Online Therapy Los Angeles: The best way to make therapy CONVENIENT.

Are you seeking a Los Angeles therapist for individual therapy, couples counseling, or both?

The convenience and affordability of online therapy services can be a big selling point, especially when the treatment is tailored to the unique needs of those living in Los Angeles or anywhere in California, like it is at Oliver Drakeford Therapy.

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Oliver Drakeford Therapy: Online Therapy In Los Angeles

I’m a licensed marriage and family therapist with a decade of experience as a mental health provider, and I help people deal with and work through painful emotions or emotional challenges in order to help them have a healthy relationship with themself, others and family.

I bring a wealth of experience, training and credibility to offer quality, effective mental health care that caters to your unique needs and therapeutic journey.

Online therapy creates a convenient, safe and nurturing environment for, fostering health, healing, and recovery while cultivating self-understanding, self-esteem, confidence, healthy relationships and, uncovering what is most meaningful and giving you the best options for life. 

Oliver Drakeford, LMFT - Online Therapy

Experienced Mental Health Counseling for Adults and Couples Therapy Online

Teletherapy presents a unique and accessible space for providing mental health services and offering practical tools and support from the comfort of your own space. The digital format of virtual therapy breaks down traditional barriers, making it easier for those who are hesitant to seek face-to-face therapy to engage in a process that respects their need for privacy and convenience while also providing targeted interventions to manage mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression.

For couples, online therapy offers a shared yet individual, safe space to engage in meaningful dialogue around issues or problems.

integrating goal-directed and evidence-based modalities to overcome these challenges. This can lead to more open communication, fostering a deeper understanding and stronger connections between partners. My online sessions are designed to create a secure environment where men and couples can explore their emotions, challenges, and aspirations in a way that is tailored to meet the unique dynamics of each individual and relationship, supporting them through their mental health and healing journey. As a mental health professional, I ensure that therapy sessions provide a confidential and supportive space, facilitating growth and healing.

Why Choose Telehealth or Online Therapist Los Angeles CA?

If you live in Los Angeles, traffic challenges, location, and work constraints can make it difficult for anyone, especially hard-working professionals, to attend in-person sessions regularly. This can make your mental health journey a challenge to get started with.

Teletherapy breaks down these barriers, providing flexibility that aligns seamlessly with the demands of busy lives. It can address a broad range of mental health issues, including addiction, mood disorders, chronic illness, trauma, grief, relationship issues, and life transitions, across different age groups and cultural backgrounds.

Whether you’re a professional navigating career stress or a couple working through relationship dynamics, accessing therapy from the comfort of your own space can enhance the overall experience.

It allows you to prioritize your mental well-being without the logistical hurdles, creating a more accessible and tailored approach to therapy in the vibrant and dynamic environment of Los Angeles and California. 

If you're looking to explore more, schedule a free consultation over telehealth below and help find some options for you with my self or other mental health support. 

Online Therapy Los Angeles with couples


Convenience and Accessibility:

Therapy can be done via the comfort and privacy of your own home, making it easier for those hesitant about traditional in-person therapy. Online therapy aims to assist individuals in overcoming obstacles to achieve personal growth, manage anxiety, and lead a more fulfilling life.

Comfort and Privacy:

Online therapy eliminates the need to travel to a therapist's office, saving you time and money on gas and parking. Therapy can take place at home or work, making it easier for those hesitant about traditional in-person therapy.


Schedule sessions at your convenience to let therapy fit seamlessly into your busy life. Online Mental Health Professionals address a range of mental health providers on your schedule and can refer you to other resources, including psychologists, and counselors, who are available to meet specific needs.


You're saving the planet with one less car ride to your therapist's office while still working in a safe and nurturing space, promoting health, healing, and recovery in a supportive environment.

Effective Mental Healthcare:

Oliver Drakeford uses evidence-based methods to create a personalized approach to therapy, catering to your unique needs, and there's plenty of new research showing that online therapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy.

Online Therapist in Los Angeles

Common Issues Addressed in Online Therapy

Anxiety Disorders: Online therapy can provide coping strategies and techniques like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to manage symptoms of generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, and other anxiety-related conditions.

Depression: Therapists utilize various modalities such as CBT, interpersonal therapy, and mindfulness to help clients overcome depressive symptoms and negative thought patterns and regain a sense of joy and motivation.

Trauma and PTSD: Online EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is an effective treatment for trauma, allowing clients to process and heal from disturbing life experiences in a safe and supportive environment or virtual environment.

Couples Therapy: Virtual sessions provide a neutral and safe space for couples to improve communication, rebuild trust and intimacy, and learn conflict resolution skills under the guidance of a licensed therapist together. A marriage and family therapist can help with relationship work.

Family Therapy: Online family counseling addresses interpersonal dynamics, fosters understanding between family members, and provides tools for healthy communication and bonding. 

Grief and Loss: Therapists help clients process and cope with the emotional turmoil of losing a loved one, going through a divorce, or any other significant loss through online grief counseling. 

Stress Management: Therapy equips clients with relaxation techniques, mindfulness practices, and lifestyle adjustments to better manage work stress, caregiver stress, and other sources of chronic stress.

Life Transitions: Whether it's a career change, becoming a parent, or any other major life event, online therapy provides a supportive space to navigate uncertainties and develop strategies for a smooth transition.

Substance Abuse and Addictions: Virtual therapy sessions for addiction counseling can combine therapeutic approaches like CBT and motivational interviewing to help clients overcome substance abuse issues and maintain long-term sobriety.

Preparing for Your First Online Therapy Session

Think About Your Goals: take some time to think about what you'd like to work on, what change you would like to see in your life and what issues you'd like to address. Your therapist, depending on their therapeutic approach, will help you do this if you're not sure, but sometimes it's helpful to put some thought into it before your first session

Find a Private, Comfortable Space: Make sure you are in Los Angeles or California! Most therapists are only licensed in the state they practice in, and it might get complicated if Set up in a quiet room where you can speak openly without interruptions or distractions. Make sure the space feels calming and has good lighting. Use headphones if needed for extra privacy.

Test Your Technology: Prior to the session, test your internet connection, webcam, microphone, and the video platform to ensure everything is working properly. Have a plan B like switching to a phone call if technical difficulties arise.

Be Open and Honest: Approach the session with an open mindset. The more transparent you are about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, the more effective the therapy will be. Don't hold back.

Manage Expectations: Your first session will likely involve the therapist getting to know you, discussing your goals, and explaining their approach. Real progress takes time, so be patient with yourself and the process.

Practice Self-Care: Therapy can bring up difficult emotions. Have a self-care plan ready like taking a walk, journaling, or talking to a loved one after the session to process everything and to prioritize your well-being.

Frequently Asked Questions About Online Therapy

Q: Is online therapy as effective as in-person therapy?

A: Yes, research shows that online therapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy for treating a wide range of mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, trauma, and more. The key factors are having a licensed therapist who is qualified to help and being an engaged patient committed to the therapeutic process over a decade beforehand.

Q: Can I do a combination of in-person and online counseling sessions?

A: Absolutely. Many experienced therapists offer a hybrid model allowing you to have some appointments virtually and others in the office. This provides flexibility while still maintaining the in-person connection when desired. Combining the two can be an ideal setup for some clients. My office is located at 8702 Santa Monica Blvd

Q: What's the difference between working with a private therapist online versus using a platform like BetterHelp or Talkspace?

A: When working privately with an online licensed therapist, the experience largely mirrors traditional therapy with consistent, weekly 45-60-minute video sessions over a secure platform. This allows for an ongoing therapeutic relationship to address your needs deeply. Platforms like BetterHelp and Talkspace provide more limited services like messaging a therapist and periodic video chats, which can be helpful for some but may not substitute comprehensive therapy.

Q: How can I ensure privacy and confidentiality with online therapy?

A: Reputable online therapists use HIPAA-compliant video platforms with end-to-end encryption to protect your privacy. You'll also want to find a private space without distractions for your sessions. Your therapist should clearly explain their confidentiality policies and data storage practices.

Q: What are some advantages of online therapy over in-person?

A: Key benefits include the convenience of meeting an online therapist from home, avoiding commutes, more flexibility in scheduling, and increased access to providers outside your local area. Online therapy can also feel more comfortable for some versus being in an office setting.

Q: Are there any issues online therapy cannot adequately address?

A: While highly effective for many conditions, online therapy and video sessions may have limitations for more acute mental health crises or complex trauma cases where intensive in-person treatment could be better suited initially. Severe substance abuse issues may also require in-person care. However, online therapy can still play a supportive role in many of these situations.


Please feel free to reach out and schedule a 15-minute client consultation with me.

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