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Dawn in a professional and welcoming setting, reflecting her approachable and empathetic nature as a therapist.

EMPOWER. CONNECT. THRIVE.

ABOUT DAWN 

Dawn is passionately dedicated to providing essential support to LGBTQI+ individuals, families, foster and adoptive families, and diverse communities. Holding a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles, with a specialization in Applied Community Psychology, Dawn is committed to making a positive impact.

 

With a solid educational foundation, Dawn has undergone training and actively volunteers at the Southern California Counseling Center, showcasing her commitment to community well-being beyond the private practice setting of Oliver Drakeford Therapy.

At the core of Dawn's practice lies a commitment to inclusive, strength-based care. She is passionate about empowering individuals and fostering collaboration to establish a resilient foundation for personal growth and healing. Dawn's therapeutic approach is characterized by collaboration, the cultivation of meaningful connections, and is firmly rooted in empowerment principles.

Guided by a cultural and social justice lens that emphasizes resilience, strength, and resourcefulness in the areas you already possess, Dawn utilizes an integrative lens that incorporates affirmative techniques. These include Internal Family Systems, Attachment-Based Therapy, Strength-Based/Solution-Focused Therapy, Family Systems, Narrative Therapy, Community Resilience Model, and Non-Violent Communication.

Dawn is oriented to you and what will be most supportive for the change you seek. Together, we will collaboratively explore and leverage these approaches to support your journey towards healing and growth. Drawing inspiration from a diverse background in theatre, art, entertainment, and collaboration, Dawn brings a unique perspective to her practice. Resilience, adaptability, and a firm belief that "the show must go on" are integral to Dawn's approach. Coupled with an unwavering emphasis on the importance of self-care, these elements form the cornerstone of her work. Dawn understands the unique challenges and pressures of working in a creative field, bringing valuable insight to individuals in such professions.

Join Dawn on this transformative journey where empowerment meets collaboration, resilience intertwines with diversity, and everyone is embraced in a sense of belonging. Together, let's create a space where healing and growth flourish.

 

EDUCATION & TRAINING

  • Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University - Los Angeles, CA

  • Specialization: Applied Community Psychology (ACP)​

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre from the University of New Mexico - Albuquerque, NM

  • Community Resiliency Model (CRM), Southern California Counseling Center

  • Gangs, A Therapeutic Education (GATE), Southern California Counseling Center

  • TF-CBT Training, Medical University of South Carolina

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