Last edited 09/30/2021
Cora Taylor LMFT
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What is your style/approach to therapy?
Each person and need is unique, but I value shorter-term treatment. I want to make the sessions impactful, useful, and help each person to start feeling better as quickly as possible. One main way I do this is by asking, what are your best hopes for treatment? I really like Solution Focused Brief Therapy because often the client is able to find the answer they need if they are asked the right question, and it also helps make sure the session stays focused on the client's goals. Using the Solution Focused approach, it’s all about just asking the next question. And if Solution Focused is not a good fit for the client, from here it's easy to switch to exploring negative thoughts and CBT interventions, developing coping skills, or whatever the client is needing to get to that outcome they hope for.
What does success look like in therapy? How will a client know that they are making progress?
In my opinion, success is not needing the therapist anymore! We all need help sometimes; help with problem-solving, help building confidence, help to learn coping skills. We are not born innately knowing how to calm ourselves, how to care for ourselves, how to make good choices. But I hope to help my clients learn to think through their problems, learn to better understand their symptoms as well as the underlying need or cause, and in turn, learn to better problem-solve for sustained success moving forward. That said, these often aren't "one and done" situations. Often people need to come back to therapy, and that's okay. It's easy to get stuck, it's easy to get out of the practice of using those coping skills, and there are always new challenges that occur.
How has your particular field of specialization evolved in recent years and how has that impacted your work?
My background in trauma has been very relevant to the recent pandemic. The pandemic has created all the things that set us up for a traumatic response, from isolation to the fear for safety (and there are a variety of safety concerns for people currently), and this has brought up a lot for people. The pandemic has also, understandably, increased anxiety symptoms for many people. As I learn more about applied neuroscience for treating anxiety it has become clear there is an overlap between anxiety and trauma response. Anxiety and worry come from the need to survive, and the need to identify possible problems and risks. When we have a panic attack, it's an activation of flight/fight/freeze, which is of course survival response. Naturally, a big piece of a trauma response (such as PTSD) is the brain and body staying in "red alert"; looking for possible danger. I really enjoy helping clients who have both better understand how these things play together, and this has been very useful given current circumstances.
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Drug addiction & abuse
Types of Therapy
Young Adults (18-24)
Treatment Approaches / Modalities
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Training / Certifications
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy
- California, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 86950
M.A., Marital and Family Therapy, Notre dame de Namur
B.A., Psychology, Sonoma State University
I am a trained art therapist and started my career working with trauma survivors and substance use. Given the age of telehealth, I’m not doing many art therapy interventions at this time, but this foundation in using creative approaches and valuing the brain/body connection has continued to be key in my practice. Working with substance use and addiction was really important to me because nearly everyone is touched in some way by this, either personally or knowing someone struggling with it. There has also been a natural progression in my work from going from treating trauma, to substance use, and now digging deeper into anxiety and how they all work together. There is so much overlap in all these issues, and often one will trigger the others. My main approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Recently, I’ve been the first point of contact for people looking to get treatment. I've been doing short-term treatment and intakes with these people to help identify their goals and hopes for treatment, and then help put them on the path towards the outcome they are hoping for. In my current position, we help many people, but I also see there are many barriers to treatment and that the treatment provided by clinics is often structured in a way that doesn't work for every client. I'm excited to be moving into private practice where I can continue to provide these valuable services but have the freedom to focus on what really matters: the person.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cora Taylor, LMFT
It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Cora Taylor, LMFT, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.
Is Cora Taylor accepting new clients?
Yes, Cora Taylor is accepting new clients.
Does Cora Taylor accept insurance?
No, Cora Taylor does not accept insurance.
What types of therapy does Cora Taylor offer?
Cora Taylor offers therapy for individuals.
Does Cora Taylor offer in-person appointments?
No, but people in California can book Cora Taylor for virtual appointments (teletherapy).
Does Cora Taylor offer online therapy?
Yes, Cora Taylor offers online therapy to people in California.
How quickly can I see Cora Taylor?
Cora Taylor typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.
What languages does Cora Taylor speak?
Cora Taylor conducts therapy sessions in English.
Can I book an appointment with Cora Taylor online?
Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Cora Taylor online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.