Taylor Samela is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and independent contractor at Tides of Mind Counseling with over 7 years of experience working individually with children, adolescents, adults and families. She has experience working in various settings including outpatient, intensive outpatient, therapeutic group home and community based programs. For the several years Taylor worked as a clinical supervisor for a community based program serving at risk youth and families involved in the Juvenile Justice System experiencing behavioral problems, mental health, familial, school and substance use issues. Prior to working with the Juvenile Court, Taylor worked with adults involved with the Court, DCF, Probation and Parole providing individual and group therapy for co-occurring disorders.
Taylor has experience providing therapeutic treatment for individuals experiencing Anxiety Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Depressive and Mood Disorders, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Substance Use Disorders, Trauma Related Disorders, Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder and other Personality Disorders. She is trained and certified in therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Aggression Replacement Training, Cannabis Youth Treatment, grief and loss, suicide prevention, human trafficking and family mediation.
Taylor encompasses a strength-based, client-centered approach in her practice as a therapist and has a passion for empowering individuals. She believes that collaboration with the client and well as other providers and agencies involved is essential in supporting the client in achieving their goals. She received recognition at a statewide ceremony for her clinical skills in engaging individuals and families during the assessment and treatment planning process. Taylor is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and is also a certified Reiki practitioner.