Dr. Taylor completed an advanced postdoctoral fellowship and psychoanalytic training at the Austen Riggs Center, an internationally renowned treatment center for serious and persistent psychological and interpersonal problems. She completed additional specialized training through the Psychoanalytic Couple & Family Institute of New England and recently received an award from Division 39 of the American Psychological Association for her interest in psychoanalytic work with families and couples.
Dr. Taylor received her B.A. from the Great Books program at St. John’s College. Her Clinical Psychology Ph.D. is from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, which follows an existential-phenomenological approach, focusing on how we make choices and manage the highly personal and centrally important task of building meaningful lives.
Dr. Taylor’s work at Duquesne included rotations in community mental health, college counseling services, substance abuse treatment, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, and forensic practice. Her American Psychological Association-accredited predoctoral internship training took place at Cornerstone Behavioral Health near the Wyoming-Utah border where she engaged in psychotherapy with patients with co-occurring intellectual disabilities and major mental illnesses.
Dr. Taylor received additional certification in Gender Studies during her doctoral education, and teaches, writes about, and engages in research related to identity development, and particularly the relationships between identity, sexuality, gender, and experiences of embodiment. This includes how people adapt to changing bodies, how people come to feel comfortable (or not) living their bodies, and how to understand communication that takes place through the body or on the body’s surface. Dr. Taylor welcomes patients working at issues related to body image, sex or gender identity, and the broad range of issues related to how to live one’s body.
Dr. Taylor is core faculty in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Fielding Graduate University and adjunct faulty at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. She is on the medical staff and teaching faculty at the Austen Riggs Center where she provides individual and family therapy and coordinates a lecture series.
Dr. Taylor is credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Psychologists, and by the New York State Office of the Professions. You can verify Dr. Taylor’s Massachusetts Psychology License and Health Service Provider Certification here and her New York license here.