Olivia Taylor, MSW, LSW
It is completely natural to both want change and simultaneously be terrified by it. As a psychotherapist, I strive to cultivate a space in which you feel empowered and supported throughout the entire process. I take a strengths-based, client-centered approach in which, together, we can work through experiences and emotions that have previously been avoided or unexpressed, with both compassion and intention. We can bring deeper awareness to the coping mechanisms that are no longer serving you and explore alternatives that are growth-fostering and value-driven.
My therapeutic style can be described as relational, warm, and direct. I utilize humor, when appropriate, and authenticity to humanize the vulnerable (and sometimes messy!) experience of therapy. I feel incredibly privileged to walk alongside my clients in this journey and be trusted with their life stories.
My clinical areas of specialty include eating disorders and body image concerns, anxiety, depression, trauma, and general life stressors/transitions. I work from a Health at Every Size (HAES) approach that is body-inclusive, and incorporate mindfulness to assist my clients in feeling safe, grounded, and accepted in their embodied experience. I am extensively trained in and draw upon a variety of evidence-based therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I also utilize relational-cultural and narrative therapies. I am currently pursuing further specialized training in perinatal and reproductive mental health, and welcome clients experiencing challenges in their journeys to and through parenthood. I’m a member of Postpartum Support International.
I obtained my Bachelor’s degree at DePaul University and my Master’s in social work from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to joining Wildflower, I was a therapist in the Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization (PHP) levels of care, working with adolescents and adults struggling with eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and trauma.
All of our emotions (even the ones that feel really icky) have a function in our lives.
Disconnection highlights what areas of our life need more attention, and thus acts as a vehicle for reconnection and growth.
More about me
I have a French bulldog, Frankie, who is more pig than dog.
I feel most grounded when by any body of water.