Meet Jen Taylor

"Jen, You're Not From Around Here Are You?"

"No, I'm not...how can you tell?"

Is it my Southern accent (which really only sounds Southern to people NOT from the South)?

Or the fact that I mispronounced your name, street name, school name or other landmark location? (I'm trying, I promise!)

Maybe the fact that I didn't go to high school with any of your friends or don't remember that important event that happened a few years back?

That's all true. I'm not "from here" but I now call Maryland HOME.

At least for the next few years (maybe longer). While that may be a problem for people that think I don't understand them or can't relate; I see it as a strength because it means that I stay CURIOUS about new people and places. And I am FLEXIBLE and ADAPTABLE to change. 

Need to Know More About Jen Taylor?

A NEW DOT ON THAT MAP - NOW, I'M IN BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Here's one thing you will learn about me. I am totally upfront about everything.  

I will be in Maryland until at November 2024.  

I am currently licensed in Maryland (LCSW-C) and Florida (LCSW)

but I am only providing therapy services through Jewish Community Services

Right now, my focus is on three things:

 1) mental health education and wellness programs that help people find joy through play at any age,

 2) creating meaningful training for therapists and professionals;

3) designing and hosting creative, therapeutic projects for all people using the latest research on journaling, flowers and nature, storytelling, and whatever else catches my attention! 

MY RESUME

Education

  • Bachelor in Social Work from The University of West Florida
  • Master's in Social Work from Florida State University
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2008 (in Florida) and also licensed in Maryland.
  • Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (150+ Hours of Specialized Training)
  • EMDR Certified Clinician,  Approved Consultant
  • Certified Journal to The Self Instructor
  • Published Author in several Play Therapy books. 
  • TF-CBT Certified,  FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling Certified Practitioner, AutPlay Certified
  • Gottman Method Trained (Level 1 & Level 2) 

Experience

  • 20 Years Experience with Children and Families including child abuse and neglect, chronic and terminal illnesses, developmental disabilities, and complex trauma and attachment.
  • Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis and previously taught at the University of West Florida
  • Nationwide presenter on play therapy topics; creator of the Play Therapy Summit online play therapy conference
  • Approved Provider of Continuing Education for the  National Board of Certified Counselors
  • Wife, Mom of Multiples (that counts, right?)
>