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Oliver Drakeford: Clinical Director


British-born Oliver Drakeford is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Certified Group Psychotherapist 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.

While training at the esteemed Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, Oliver explored his interest in psychoanalytic theory which he continues to explore in his studies in Modern Group Psychoanalysis in New York.

In addition to private practice, he teaches Group Process at Antioch University in LA, and offers consultations and trainings in group and family therapy.

Oliver Drakeford, LMFT, CGP

Oliver was the Clinical Director of an adolescent treatment center in Malibu for over three years and developed a family systems-focused approach to helping teens and their families connect and strengthen relationships. Oliver enjoys working with families, couples and adults in private practice and continues to train, teach and supervise in Family Systems Theory.  Please set up a free consultation if you are considering family counseling services in LA. 

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

Individual, Group, and Family Therapist In Los Angeles.


  • Insight 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


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


The Center For Group Studies (CGS)

  • Certificate of Completion in Group Leadership

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. 


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

Manchester Metropolitan University: BSc International Business Studies. 


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