Cara Taylor, BSW, RSW
Clinical Counsellor / Registered Social Worker
You do not have to be alone with overwhelming, confusing, or upsetting emotions. I can be right there with you. This is the heart of my practice. I believe an empathetic, attuned presence in the midst of whatever (big or small) difficulty we face helps us to grow and heal. I’ve come to this perspective through a diversity of professional, academic, and personal experiences.
Professionally, working as a social worker in inpatient psychiatry, I have helped people and their families walk through the reality of living with a debilitating mental health condition. Working on a mobile crisis response team, I have often been alongside people experiencing suicidal thoughts, self-harm, psychosis, and/or addiction. Through running a small non-profit that told personal stories of mental illness to reduce stigma, I have listened to and learned from the stories of so many courageous, struggling people. Presently, I continue to learn and grow through the work I do as a mental health educator.
Academically, I completed a year of graduate studies in counselling psychology at Trinity Western University. Finding myself drawn back to the field of social work, I changed the focus of my graduate studies and will now have a Master of Social Work in the spring of 2020. During the course of my graduate studies I have focused my research and practice on understanding and supporting people struggling with their mental health.
Personally, I have lived experience of mental illness and suicide loss. My own personal experiences in the realm of mental health are never the focus of counselling, but rather another form of “education” that has powerfully shaped my practice and perspective.
As a counsellor, the foundations of my practice are rooted in narrative therapy, person-centred therapy, AEDP, and DBT. However, I do incorporate helpful techniques and tools from all sorts of other therapies. Overall, I strive to be aware of and responsive to whatever approaches would be uniquely helpful for you.
I have the most experience in helping people with:
- Bipolar disorder
- Eating disorders / Poor Body-Image
- Emotional Regulation
- Grief / Loss
- Low Self-Esteem / Negative Self-Talk
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Personality Disorders
- Schizophrenia / Schizoaffective Disorder / Psychosis
- Suicidal thoughts
- Supporting family members with mental health struggles
- Trauma / Dissociation
- Tel: 306.382.2391
- Location: Saskatoon