Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in West Hollywood.
British born Oliver Drakeford is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and licensed therapist in the West Hollywood / Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles. He has experience providing therapy to adolescents and adults individually, as well as providing family counseling and group therapy.
Oliver helps clients with a broad range of needs, from anxiety, depression, mood disorders and addiction issues, to communication issues within a family.
He is the Clinical Director of an adolescent treatment center in Malibu and developed a family focused approach to helping teens and their families connect and strengthen relationships. Oliver enjoys working with teens, families and adults in private practice.
He views the individual as part of a complicated system of relationships which is useful to explore in individual, couple, or family therapy.
Hours for counseling are available during the week and over the weekend which are convenient for families living beyond Beverly Hills, Los Angeles & West Hollywood.
This is an open and affirming practice that respects the rights and values of patients and families, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation.
VENMO, CASH & CHECK ACCEPTED
Please contact me for information on fees and sliding scale. I have a limited number of lower fee slots available and am happy to talk with you if you have concerns about fee.
My approach to therapy is influenced by my enthusiasm for classical psychodynamic theory that was the foundation of my two year training at the esteemed Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills. This was enhanced with a certification from the Los Angeles Institute and Association for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS), and a foundation course at The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP). I strive to constantly enhance my approach using contemporary influences, from Mentalization Based Training, and from the extensive cultural sensitivity work at Antioch University, where I was in the LGBT Specialization. I am a Certified Group Psychotherapist, and continue training in Modern Group Analytic theory at the Center for Group Studies in New York. As a family therapist, I focus on communication in family counseling, as it pertains to understanding the family dynamics, conflict and connection.
In 2017, I was the recipient of the Donald T. Brown Memorial Scholarship Award for Group Therapy from The Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health. I teach Group Process at Antioch University Los Angeles as part of the Master's in Clinical Psychology program.
As a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP), I regard Group therapy as a powerful form of treatment, either in addition to individual or family therapy, or as a powerful alternative. In this modality, we learn about ourselves in relation to others. A healing experience is created when connection, while obstacles that stand in the way of our goals may become apparent faster in a group setting.
ADOLESCENTS AND ADULTS
I am experienced in working with adults and adolescents.
Providing therapy for 12-18 year olds in both clinical and school-based settings has given me a unique insights and a skill set for working with teenagers and their families. I continue this work a a residential treatment center for adolescents in Malibu as a family therapist.
In family therapy sessions, I work with the entire family to understand the dynamic and help resolve conflict.
Our families profoundly impact the way we think, feel and behave. The connectedness and reactivity we sometimes have in our family system make the functioning of family members interdependent.
As a family therapist, I help make changes in one person’s functioning by creating reciprocal changes in the functioning of others. Looking at the family in family therapy as an emotional unit, helps us make dynamic and real time changes in individuals as well.
Family counseling can help families to improve communication, reduce conflict and to generate moments of authentic connection and closeness.
SEX AND SEXUALITY
At Antioch University, I was part of the 'LGBT Specialization' and received in-depth and rich LGBTQ affirmative training to deepen my cultural sensitivity and psychological understanding of how to provide services for this population. I work with a range of LGBTQ clients from teens to adults, both individually and in a group setting. I offer quality therapy for gay, lesbian and bisexual clients in Los Angeles and West Hollywood.
In particular, I enjoy providing therapy for gay men in Los Angeles who are struggling with addiction. I offer family therapy for LGBTQ families who may need a both affirmative training and extensive knowledge in family systems therapy.
Oliver Drakeford Therapy is located in West Hollywood.
The office is near La Cienega and Santa Monica Blvd. There is ample metered parking in the area, as well as parking in local lots. Side streets on the north side of Santa Monica have two hour free parking, but please look at parking signs carefully.
8702 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA, 90069