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EXPERIENCED RELATIONSHIP THERAPIST:
Los Angeles

Oliver Drakeford MA, LMFT, CGP is a Therapist in West Hollywood CA, providing counseling in Los Angeles and is a relationship therapist for adults via online therapy in California. 

My Story

With nearly a decade of experience as a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist,  I provide therapy and counseling to adults, couples and families in the West Hollywood area. I prioritize the importance of healthy and balanced relationships. with our self and others which means I help people work with anxiety, depression, addiction, family dynamics and of course, relationships.

My training at the prestigious Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills has been further enriched with a certification from the Los Angeles Institute and Association for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS). I continually strive to enhance my approach by incorporating contemporary influences, such as 'Mentalization-Based Training' and 'Modern Group Analysis' training.

As a licensed therapist, my services include talk therapy and in-person sessions at my office on Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood. Additionally, I offer online therapy and virtual mental health care for individuals located in California. Whether it's helping clients address past trauma or improve their relationships, my goal as a therapist is to create a safe space to assist people in making positive changes in their lives.

SPEAKING & TEACHING ENGAGEMENTS

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  • The Britley- January 2024

  • nsight Treatment Center IOP - Family Systems Trainings and Consultation Groups, 2022.

  • OKHumans, In-Service Training - Family Systems - Structural Mapping, 2022

  • Meridian Counseling, Los Angeles, Structural Mapping and Family Systems, 2022.

  • Antioch Community Therapy Services - In Service Training. Family Systems, 2021

  • The Maple Counseling Center - Maple Alumni Association. Modern Psychoanalytic Theory: Techniques. 2021.

  • Pacific Teen Treatment Center - In Service Training.  Family Systems Training - Structural Interventions. 2021

  • Antioch Community Therapy Services - In Service Training. Modern Analytic Theory Techniques For The New Therapist. 2021

  • The Maple Counseling Center - In Service Training Modern Psychoanalytic Theory. 2020

  • Antioch University, Los Angeles - Adjunct Professor. Group Treatment Methods, 2019.

  • American Group Psychotherapy Association Annual Conference. "Utilizing Attachment Theory in Multifamily Groups in an Adolescent Residential Treatment Center", 2019.

  • American Group Psychotherapy Association Faculty Diversity Training 'Working With LGBTQ+ Clients in Group', 2019

  • Southern California Counseling Center: "The Magic of Group Therapy". 2018

  • Paradigm Treatment Centers, San Francisco, CA. "Modern Group Analytic Thinking & The Group Contract"2018

  • Models Of Pride: "Best Friend Boot Camp- Communication for Connection".  2017

EMPLOYMENT:​

Pacific Teen Treatment Center, Malibu

  • Clinical Director

  • Family Focused & Systemic Approach to Treatment. 

  • Multifamily Group Facilitator

  • Group Process & Group Therapy Experiential Training. 

Paradigm Treatment Center, Malibu

  • Lead Group and Family Therapist

  • Adolescent Therapy

  • Multi-Family Group Therapist.

The Maple Counseling Center:

  • Adult program. 

  • Adolescent (ACT) program,

  • Group Therapy Program: Co-Facilitator of The Gay Men's Interpersonal Process Group

Beverly Hills High School:

  • Individual Therapist​

Moreno High Continuation School:

  • Group Therapy Co-facilitator

  • Individual Therapist ​

Los Angeles LGBT Center

  • Social Group Facilitator

TRAINING & CERTIFICATIONS

The Gottman Institute

The Center For Group Studies (CGS)

  • Certificate of Completion in Group Leadership

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Los Angeles Institute and Association of Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS)​:

  • Certificate in Psychoanalytic Studies

Anna Freud National Center for Families and Children:

  • Mentalization-Based Treatment: Basic Training

Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles:

  • Conference: The Problem and Promise of Power as a Group Leader

  • Principles of Group Psychotherapy

American Group Psychotherapy Association:

  • Conference & 2017 Donald T Brown Memorial Award Recipient.

  • Conference 2018, Houston Tx.

  • Conference 2019, Los Angeles, CA - Faculty. 

EDUCATION

Antioch University, Los Angeles: Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology.

Manchester Metropolitan University: BSc International Business Studies. 

AWARDS

The Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health Donald T Brown Memorial Scholarship for Group Psychotherapy. 

Contact

Please book a free consultations call with me and you can ask me any questions you have and see if you think I'll be able to help you.

8702 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, 90069

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