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  • Karen M. Taylor, Ph.D. Karen M. Taylor, Ph.D.

Karen M. Taylor, Ph.D.

Therapeutic Style:

My integrative therapeutic style reflects a feminist/humanistic and existential philosophy and combines an approach utilizing cognitive, behavioral, Gestalt, emotion-focused, interpersonal and dynamic interventions.  I am interested in providing the necessary support to the students I see to assist them in a compassionate way to achieve their dreams and overcome the impediments in their way.  I utilize a strengths-based, positive psychological perspective in my work. 

Supervision Style:

My supervision style has a developmental foundation as I try and meet the supervisee at their particular stage of development as a mental health clinician in training.  I utilize a model developed by Janine Bernard which frames the functions of supervision (process skills, conceptualization skills, and personalization skills) facilitated by the roles of the supervisor (teacher, counselor, and consultant).  I view supervision as a collaborative endeavor between the supervisor and supervisee and strive for a balance of challenge and support in assisting professional development.

Professional Interests:  

My professional interests include the education and training of mental health professionals, supervision, multicultural counseling and the development of multicultural competency in mental health professionals, psychology of women, grief and loss concerns, working with survivors of sexual and other trauma, and career development with a recent focus on mentoring early career professionals and life-long learning. 

Groups and Liaison Roles:

At CCS, I co-facilitate the Women's Therapy Group 25+ group and serve as a liaison to the Office of International Affairs with a focus on Study Abroad.  I chair the university’s Sexual Violence Consultation Team and serve on the Sexual Violence committee of the university.  I am or have been involved in many other Student Life activities, such as Buckeye Book club and new student orientation.   I am nationally involved in education and training issues and served as President of The Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA), and as a member of the Board of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.

Education background:

I received my undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Gonzaga University and my Ph.D. in Psychology from The Ohio State University.

Personal Interests:

I enjoy daily early morning runs, time with family and friends, baking, hiking, being outdoors, gardening, and when I have the time, reading a good book. 

My Pronouns:

She/Her/Hers