How I Became A Play Therapist
My Personal Parenting Wish
My wish is for my own children to be compelled to achieve greatness in their own ways, but also maintain a lifelong excitement to spend time with their Mom (and Dad).
My Professional Wish
Is for all children to have joyful connections with their parents, for all parents to feel proud of their parenting abilities, and for all professionals to use play to help children and families heal from the wounds of a harsh world.
Jennifer Taylor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT) specializing in individual, group , and family therapy with a speciality in Play Therapy. She is certified in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Jennifer is also a Level 1 trained EMDR clinician. Jennifer is also a professional parenting coach offering solution focused, practical ways to incorporate play into your parenting to manage problem behaviors.
Jennifer has 15 years experience as a social worker and has worked primarily in the child welfare field. Her experience includes children who have been abused or neglected, diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, or who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability. Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree from the University of West Florida and her graduate degree from Florida State University. She studied at the University of California San Diego and the University of North Texas to earn her credential in Play Therapy. She is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are play therapy, behavioral interventions, parenting, and family therapy.
My Teaching Experience
In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, Jennifer has presented at National conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of Play Therapy. She currently works as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis and the University of West Florida teaching graduate level play therapy courses.
Jennifer is an active member of the Association for Play Therapy and a graduate of the Play Therapy Leadership Program. She is the proud spouse of an Active Duty Navy Chief and the mother of 3 beautiful children (a daughter and twin boys).
“My work is child’s play.”
To help children and parents thrive through the power of secure relationships and joyful interactions based on play.
Play therapy (for children 3-11) and art based therapy (for children 11 and older) is a powerful way to help children learn about themselves and the relationships they have with others. The parent-child relationship is the most important one in our lives and my mission is to make that the strongest possible. Second to that are relationships with extended family members, teachers, and peers.
For children with emotional or behavior problems, these relationships are often tested. At times, children can be difficult to handle and frankly, hard to be around. I see the worth and value in all children and am empathetic to the relentless challenges of parenthood. By focusing on relationships instead of problems, your family can enjoy the power of positive and joyful interactions through meaningful relationships.
I focus on the well-being of the child…not just problem behaviors.
I understand that the parent is the expert about their child and respect your authority.
I start by finding strengths on which we can build rather than venting about issues.
I use a problem solving approach to help find practical and easy to implement strategies for difficult behaviors.
I understand the role that trauma plays on the brain and the impact that it has on families.
I am constantly researching new methods and bringing you the most up to date information to help children.