Taylor barraganLMFT

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If you could pick one movie or book that influenced your approach to therapy, what would it be and why?

Oh... this is tough. I'm going to break the rules and not just choose one. From an education perspective, it would be "Essential Psychodynamic Psychotherapy" by a mentor and professor of mine, Dr. Teri Quatman. Her courses and mentorship trained me in psychodynamic psychotherapy, meaning as a foundation I believe our past experiences shape the ways we unconsciously move through the world at the present moment. It focuses on the relationship between therapist and client as a healing modality in therapy, beyond any evidence-based interventions that we also include in treatment. From a personal standpoint, "A Man's Search for Meaning" has moved me deeply. My copy is tattered and worn and has informed the ways I look for meaning in my own life. It has helped guide me to shine a light on a client's own resilience. "The Center Cannot Hold" by Elyn Saks changed the way I viewed serious mental illness like schizophrenia; her firsthand account of her illness is extraordinary and important.

If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?

People often think they have to come to therapy when something is a crisis, or when something is "wrong." These are absolutely valid and important times to come to therapy because we often do need support in those situations. But, coming to therapy prior to it being a crisis means we may experience significantly less stress in that crisis. We can develop the tools and have time to implement them. I think people are hesitant to try therapy because there is still some stigma. It's decreasing for sure, but what I hear sometimes is, "it's not that bad" or, the crisis passes, and people start to feel a bit better, so they don't reach out... until something else happens. Mental health challenges re-emerge because we are the common denominator - we respond to stressors in patterned ways. So, if that crisis or stressor passes we feel better for a time but may respond and cope with the next one in the same way. This starts to snowball and stress compounds. If someone were considering therapy, I would say reach out. Come in for one session. You don't have to continue if you decide it is not for you! I always encourage people to give it a 2-3 session shot and then re-evaluate how they feel.

What impact did the scope and/or focus of your education have on your current work as a therapist?

I was trained in psychodynamic therapy while in graduate school, which has informed the entire frame I work from with a client. I am focused on creating a frame in therapy, where a client can feel safe to let go of what they need during the course of the session. My focus is on helping a client gain insight into how past experiences influence their current behaviors, thoughts, feelings, and patterns. In my second masters degree in nursing, I spent time on the labor & delivery, and postpartum units. I shadowed a lactation consultant/RN one day and became so fascinated and in awe of the breastfeeding experience. I was also interested in the support new parents get in feeding their baby their meals in a number of different ways through bottles, pumping, and formula. All of this can impact and be influenced by postpartum mental health challenges. My studies and experiences encouraged me to become certified as a lactation counselor and am I currently pursuing certification as a perinatal mental health specialist. Each step I have taken in my education has influenced the way I practice, the interests that I have, and has pushed me to continue to learn and grow, so that I can best support my clients.

Specialties

Depression

Anxiety

Relationship Issues

ADHD

Pregnancy, perinatal, & postpartum issues

General Expertise

Work Stress

Loss/Grief

Self-Esteem

Attachment issues

Family issues

Medical professionals' mental health

Parenting issues

Performance anxiety

In-Network Insurance

N/A

Fees

First Session$225
Couples Therapy$225
Individual Therapy$200

Types of Therapy

Couples Session

Individual Session

Clientele

Parents

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Strength Based Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Attachment-Based Therapy

Coaching

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Marriage and Family Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Training / Certifications

Certified Lactation Counselor

Registered Nurse

Licensure

  • California, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 114791
  • Ohio, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, F.1900109
  • Oregon, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, T2052

Education

MA, Counseling Psychology, SCU, 2017

MN, Nursing, Case Western, 2022

MSN, Nursing Case Western, In Progress - 2023

BA, Behavioral Science, SJSU, 2014

Work History

I started my career working in community-based mental health with children and families. I worked on a team with multiple clinicians to help clients, mostly children, and teens. I then transitioned to private practice, providing therapy for couples and adults 18+. I have experience treating anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, parenting challenges, the mental health impact of chronic illness, medical trauma, perinatal and postpartum issues, and women's issues. I am currently a psychiatric nurse practitioner student and upon graduation and certification, I will be able to provide medication management and other medical support for mental health depending on my clients' needs and desires. I am also a certified lactation consultant and although I am not currently providing lactation services, this training helps me to support the emotional challenges that mothers may face in the postpartum period.

Location

Palo Alto, 94303, CA