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Erin Taylor, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider (CTMH), offering telehealth therapy to adults in Texas. 

 

Over the past 13 years I worked in a variety of treatment settings and with a broad spectrum of people from diverse backgrounds. My areas of expertise include:

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • life transitions

  • stress management
  • codependency/relationship challenges

  • substance abuse/addiction

  • grief and loss

  • chronic pain

  • physical disabilities

  • aging

  • end of life issues

 

I received a bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Houston Clear Lake (2009) and a master's degree from the University of Houston (2010). I obtained my clinical license in 2014.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker: LCSW #54848 in Texas

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"Each time you meet an old emotional pattern
with presence,
your awakening to truth
can deepen"
-Tara Brach

My Approach

It is my philosophy that people are innately whole, but somewhere along life's path painful experiences happen, and we lose touch with that truth. I believe in the healing power of relationships, and as a therapist, I work to create a space that is safe, supportive, and open so that you can connect with the parts of yourself that needs to be nurtured, heard, and healed. I value self-determination and autonomy and view my working relationship with you as collaborative. I encourage feedback and active participation throughout the entire process to ensure we continue to move in a meaningful direction that is producing results. I have a non-judgmental, curious, compassionate, and often humor-filled approach. I am passionate about my clinical work, and I feel honored to be a part of your journey.

I practice with a client-centered, trauma-informed, strengths-based approach. I utilize elements of several different evidenced-based treatment modalities to individualize your treatment specifically for you. This includes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Internal Family Systems Therapy. Weaving together different aspects of these approaches, it is my desire is to help you heal from past wounds, break out of repetitive self-defeating behaviors, bring clarity to what is meaningful to you, and give you the tools you need to better manage the difficult thoughts and feelings that will inevitably arise when life happens. 

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Second Arrow

What does Second Arrow mean?

 

Second Arrow refers to a Buddhist story about pain and suffering. It is said that the Buddha once asked a group of his students, "If a person is struck by an arrow, is it painful?” The students replied, “It is.” Buddha then asked, “If the person is struck by a second arrow, is that even more painful?” The students replied, “It is.” Buddha then explained, “In life, we cannot always control the first arrow, however, the second arrow is our reaction to the first. The second arrow is optional.”

 

In therapy, the second arrow represents all the ways, subtle or obvious, that we amplify our pain when confronted with uncontrollable life situations, and unintentionally create more suffering for ourselves.

 

We all do this. It is in our nature to shoot ourselves with that second arrow. No one responds perfectly to the hardships in life, and despite the suffering caused by these second arrows, it is important to recognize they often represent our best efforts to simply survive.

 

Therapy is about helping you gain awareness and understanding of these second arrows to become more skillful in reducing the suffering in your life and shift from a place of surviving to thriving.

 

The process allows you to become more capable of navigating difficult experiences, and as a result, feel more in control and empowered to create a more fulfilling life that allows you to focus on what matters most to you in spite of obstacles and challenges thrown your way.

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