Lorna Taylor, M.A., LPC, RPT, NCC
Lorna is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). She earned her Master's in Professional Counseling, with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy, from the Argosy University School of Professional Psychology in 2007. She then pursued extensive, specialized training in Play Therapy which is primarily used with children ages 3-12, but is also effective with teens and adults. Lorna has worked in a variety of settings including an emergency shelter for children and with community based agencies providing services to families in crises. Lorna specializes in working with children, adolescents, and teens to manage challenges such as depression, anxiety, anger, and impulse behaviors. She also assists parents to develop strategies to change problem behaviors and improve family communication. Lorna will coordinate with teachers and school counselors to develop interventions that increase academic performance.
Lorna understands that the relationship between a therapist and client is essential for a successful outcome. This is especially important when working with children. With that in mind she establishes a safe, supportive environment using a Person-Centered approach as the foundation on which the therapeutic relationship is built. This allows her to meet the client where he/she is continuously incorporate input from the client to guide the direction of treatment. Based on treatment goals, Lorna incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and a Solution Focused approach along with art, sand tray, puppets, games, and other interventions that facilitate treatment progress.
Understanding emotional regulation in children can be difficult. Sometimes, as parents, we aren't sure whether our child's behavior is normal or symptomatic of a problem that needs intervention. Our child may seem "out of control" and overreact to situations which can cause problems for them at school and among their peers. Problems with emotional regulation usually develop when a child hasn't learned to express their emotions in meaningful and socially appropriate ways. A child who attempts to "stuff" feelings like anger, hurt, sadness, and fear eventually begin to act-out on these feelings rather than managing them effectively. Lorna helps children address these problems by exploring their feelings, normalizing them, identify ways of expressing that are not only socially appropriate, but also in ways that are meaningful and promote healing.
Various Topics Addressed are:
- Anger and "Acting Out" behaviors
- Social Issues
- Divorce & loss of family members
- Academic Problems
- Stress Management
The past years has seen a significant increase in the diagnosis of ADHD, which has created controversy because of the increase in the usage of medication to treat the disorder. Children struggling with ADHD generally have problems managing their impulses, sitting still for long periods of time, and concentrating on school work. This can create additional problems such as anxiety and mood swings because the child truly doesn't feel in control of themselves. The use of CBT in conjunction with play-therapy has been shown to frequently have a positive effect on helping children manage their impulses and build more positive alternatives to their behaviors. Lorna works with both children and parents to ensure that there is adequate structure and routine in the home as well as healthy outlets for the child, such as sports and other physical activities.
Various Topics Addressed are:
- Concentration difficulties
- Problems sitting still in the classroom
- Impulse control
- Opposition and Defiance
- Structure, consistency, and predictability