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Christopher Taylor MFT

Chris is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 12 years of experience helping adults, children, adolescents and families reach their full potential.  Chris understands the challenges that can interfere in achieving happiness and works tirelessly to ensure solutions are individualized and highly successful.

My passion is helping others find the keys to unlocking their full potential.  This has taken me many places in my 12 year career.  It was born out of a belief that through all the adversity we face in daily life, there are two factors that ultimately propel us towards overcoming perceived limitations and reaching our goals in life and relationships.  The first of these is the presence of unconditional love, and the second is that within all of us are inherent strengths that we can use to reach our highest place.  In this journey towards self-discovery and empowerment, I am honored to be a guide.

I began my career as a counselor at a group home for adolescents.  It was during this time, that I saw the struggles families endure in their pursuit of wholeness.  I witnessed the fight for family togetherness that was often complicated by mental health issues.   I watched as these issues stigmatized those who were in the greatest of need.  As I transitioned into the role of therapist at a high school, I found that through encouragement and support, most families were able to transcend the limitations associated with the stress of conflict within relationships.  In helping families strengthen their communication, they found what was interfering in the achievement of their collective goals.  They became free of the restraints of viewing their child’s problems as an individual issue and were able to create an environment where the child was able to focus on making positive decisions independent of family pressure.  Ultimately this shift benefited all members of the family and led to further growth.

As I continued to follow my passion of strengthening families and helping others find their strengths, I held several management and director positions.  I have collaborated with counties to create and implement new programs to bring the highest need, most at-risk youth back from the brink of disaster.  I have served as director for an academically focused all boys program where we awarded college scholarships for successful completion.  I have worked with youth who have academic difficulties, depressive symptoms, ADHD, Anxiety, cutting/self-harm behaviors, aggression, defiance, delinquency, truancy, prostitution, substance use, and suicide attempts and in the majority of these situations helped them to see beyond these circumstances in order to discover and pursue their dreams.

Education

Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology 
  • With a minor in Sociology 
  • Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology, MFT 

University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business, Notre Dame, IN

  • Academic Certificate in Non-Profit Organizational Management
  • Academic Certificate in Non-Profit Advocacy and Lobbying

Certifications

TF-CBT
DBT
Motivational Interviewing  
Art Therapy
Play Therapy
Member of CAMFT
Brainspotting - Phase One

Experience

Private Practice
12 Years experience
7 Years Non-Profit Management 
7 Years Mental Health Management 
5 Years Developing New Programs 

 

 

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