Megan Taylor, LMFT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
- Depression, Self-harm, & Stress
- Eating Disorders
- Ages: Adults 12+, Couples, Families
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Acceptance & Commitment therapy
- Emotion-Focused & Gottman Couples Therapy
Experience 5+ Years
Megan Taylor’s integration of warmth, empathy, collaboration, and strong clinical skills makes her a capable teammate for clients as they work toward their goals. She is passionate about interventions with a foundation in evidence-based techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Megan has experience with adolescents, adults, couples, and families struggling with anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, life transitions, stress, and trauma.
She attended the University of Southern California, where she graduated at the top of her class with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Since her master’s program, Megan has gained clinical experience in both community-based and private mental health clinics, developing a true passion for evidence-based practices after observing the efficacy of these interventions through her clinical work.
Before her master’s, Megan graduated from Westmont College (B.S. Psychology) with honors as Class Salutatorian and Outstanding Senior of the Psychology Department. She also spent 2 years working in the Westmont College Neuropsychology Lab as a research assistant on numerous studies related to anxiety and depression.
For self-care and fun, Megan enjoys spending time on her family’s farm, watching documentaries, and camping in the Sierras.
What is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)?
Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy with a family systems influence, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders that affect individuals, couples, and families. The Federal government has designated marriage and family therapy as a core mental health profession along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. The State of California support and regulate the profession by licensing MFTs.
Marriage and Family Therapists have graduate training (either a masters or doctoral degree) in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Prior to a rigorous exam process leading to licensure, LMFTs must complete at least 3,000 hours of post-graduate clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional. LMFTs are employed in a variety of private and public settings including private practice, community mental health centers, and behavioral managed care organizations.
Do LMFTs only work with clients who are having problems in their marriages and families?
No. While LMFTs are qualified to do couples and family therapy, most LMFTs work with individual adults to not only enhance the quality of their relationships, but also decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.
How can a LMFT help me?
Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists, LMFTs help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LMFTs use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.