"One day you knew what you had to do, and began."


Mary Oliver

"The Journey"

Welcome, and congratulations on beginning this journey of self-exploration.

It takes courage to take these first steps, and I am grateful to be a support to you.

You may have stopped by today because your emotions feel out of control. Maybe it feels like you are far away from who you truly are or want to be. Maybe it feels like you and your relationships are suffering.


It can feel overwhelming to recognize you need support, but know you do not have to carry the weight of it all by yourself. Together we will help you uncover what patterns are keeping you stuck, and how making small, consistent shifts can help you create a truly satisfying life. You deserve it.

Get to Know Me

I graduated with an MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. I also have a Bachelors of Arts in Behavioral Science and a minor in Business from San Jose State University.

My experience includes working with:

  • college-aged and young adults experiencing performance issues and discovering their sense of self through coaching and equine-assisted learning 

  • adults who have experienced trauma and symptoms of anxiety, depression, dissociation, and PTSD

  •  youth experiencing symptoms of trauma, depression and anxiety in a community-based, intensive, wraparound program

  • children as young as 5 in a school setting using play and art-based therapies

Outside of the office, I'm most likely to be found with a cup of tea and a book. I've learned that hearing someone else's words and story can help me to hear my own. I also love to be outside, in nature. Over the years I have backpacked and camped in mountains throughout the United States and in South America. These experiences have shown me how the wilderness has a profound way of helping us let go, come back to ourselves, and find out how resilient we truly are. 

You can learn more about issues I have experience working with on my Psychology Today profile by clicking here. 

"Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud."

Hermann Hesse

My Approach

I once read a short poem by Atticus that goes something like this: “Watch carefully, the magic that occurs when you give a person just enough comfort to be themselves.”

This is how I think of my work as a therapist. Research shows that the relationship built between therapist and client is the most important part of therapy, even beyond interventions and treatment approaches. It is my hope that a trusting, open relationship develops between us where you can feel comfortable to explore who you are. I am an active therapist who will use feedback and reflection to help you come to your own insights about your past, behaviors, and beliefs.


Together we will explore how past experiences impact your current life, challenges, relationships, and patterns that you may not be aware of. However, in my experience therapy is most helpful when practical action follows insight, and so therapy will allow you to practice new ways of being in the world, ultimately helping you not only heal, but grow. Mindfulness is woven into the work to provide you with some solid yet gentle tools to better cope with the challenges you may be facing, and to look at what is already thriving in your life amongst what is difficult. 

Psychotherapy Offerings

Individual Therapy

I provide therapy to adults and teenagers struggling with

- anxiety

- depression

- burnout from work or school

- family conflict

- peer relationships

- coming of age issues

- life transitions

- developing a sense of self​

- anger issues

- healthy ways to cope with life's challenges

You can learn more about issues I have experience working with on my Psychology Today profile by clicking here. 

Couples Therapy

Healthy and satisfying intimate relationships can profoundly impact our quality of life. If you and your partner are experiencing challenging communication, anger, resentment or infidelity, therapy can help. Therapy can also be helpful for couples who are simply wanting to strengthen their relationship or discuss any "blindspots" that may be present prior to marriage. Some couples find therapy is extremely helpful in a preventative way and for when specific issues arise during the course of a relationship.

Teletherapy and Online Coaching

Embracing the power of technology...

I have been practicing virtual psychotherapy since 2018, and have found this to be an incredibly accessible, and just as effective way of delivering therapy. Many services have moved to virtual delivery in the current times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am grateful for the online services that allow us to continue to meet, effectively and intimately, during this time.

Some ways online formats are improving the way therapy and coaching services are delivered:

- increasing choice in provider: through online modalities, you can choose to work with a provider that distance may have made it difficult otherwise

- Access for people in more rural communities where there may not be as many providers

- Support for those who have difficulty leaving home weekly for appointments

- Parents who have difficulty finding childcare

- Convenience and flexibility 

- No traffic!

Coaching Services

What is the difference between coaching and therapy?

Therapy:

  • focuses on the reduction of symptoms

  • improves mental health

  • commonly looks deeper into past history and processes trauma as a way of coming to conclusions about the present


Coaching:

  • focuses on the here-and-now

  • improves performance

  • improves communication

  • is an active, goal-directed approach to life improvement

  • does not focus on mental health challenges, processing the past, or healing from trauma


With me, coaching often includes reading suggestions and homework assignments to enhance the work outside of sessions.

Are you wanting to:

  1. work on more effective communication skills for the work place and your personal and intimate relationships?

  2.  work on on self-care and self-development tools?

  3. create a more positive mindset?

  4. have support with accountability?

  5. create healthier boundaries in all types of relationships?


If this sounds like you, please reach out for a free 15 minute phone consultation to see if we may be a good fit. I look forward to meeting you!

FAQ

What is your rate per session?

The rate is $200 for a 50 minute session.

Do you accept insurance?

I am not paneled with any insurance providers at this time and am considered an "out of network" provider. If you have a PPO plan, you most likely have the ability to see an out of network provider and have some percentage of the fee covered.

Insurance can be confusing. I am happy to support you in verifying your benefits. Please contact me for this option.

 

 I always recommend calling your insurance company to verify that information and ask the following questions:

- Do I have out of network benefits?

- Do I have a deductible that needs to be met?

- What is my co-insurance/copay after that deductible is met?

- Does my plan cover tele-health

Ask the insurance representative for their name and a reference number if they are able to give you one.

How do I pay for sessions?

I require a credit card to be placed on file to reserve your appointment time. This credit card is then automatically charged after each session. I can provide you with a receipt called a "super-bill" that includes itemization of our sessions, which you can use to submit to your insurance and seek potential reimbursement for sessions. If you have an HSA/FSA, you can also use a receipt to reimburse yourself for fees paid for.

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Contact

Book With Me

The Brown Therapy Group Office Locations

  • Campbell Office: 3131 South Bascom Ave #200, Campbell CA

  • Los Gatos Office: 15495 Los Gatos Blvd #5, Los Gatos CA

408-766-4290

Helpful Information and Resources

Crisis Information

In case of Psychiatric and/or Life Threatening Emergencies, please call 911 or go to the nearest Hospital Emergency Room

National Suicide Hotline
800-SUICIDE or 800-273-TALK
408-279-3312 (Santa Clara County)

Youth Crisis Line
800-843-5200

Emergency Psychiatric Services (EPS)
871 Enborg Lane
San Jose, CA 95128

 Phone: 1 (408) 885-6100

Santa Clara County Suicide Hotline

1-855-278-4204

Uplift Child/Adolescent Mobile Crisis Program

408-379-908

After hours/weekends: 1-877-412-7474

https://namisantaclara.org/resources/crisis-support/

Taylor Peterson, M.A.

LMFT #114791, IMFT #F.1900109 

Providing psychotherapy and coaching in the San Jose, Campbell, and Los Gatos area, as well as online California-wide.

Also providing teletherapy and online coaching in the state of Ohio.

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