About Mary Taylor

Mary Taylor, LCSW

 

 

 

 

Mary Taylor has a bachelor’s degree in music from Manhattan School of Music and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University.  Post-graduate work includes training at the C.G. Jung Institute in Switzerland, Level II certification in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) from EMDR International Association and Level III training in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) from the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology. Ms. Taylor is currently in the Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) Certification Program though Trauma Recovery Services.

Ms. Taylor has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New York since 1992. With over twenty thousand hours of clinical experience, Ms. Taylor’s professional experience prior to private practice includes adolescent school-based day treatment programs for learning disabled and ‘gifted and talented’ students (including outward-bound expeditions), short-term solution-focused treatment, and individual and group therapy for adults with major psychiatric disorders. Ms. Taylor is on the Board of Directors of reFocus, a non-profit support and referral network that assists individuals to recover from the effects of high demand relationships and groups.

Since 1998, Ms. Taylor has been a keynote speaker and workshop presenter on such topics as: Counseling the Highly Creative Person: A Neglected Topic in Mental Health Treatment;  The Double-Edged Nature of Creative Aptitudes and Forging the Self: Meeting Creative Challenges. 

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Several over-arching observations led to my interest in developing a response to the needs of the highly creative person:

  • Many individuals do not realize that they indeed have creative abilities.
  • Many experience their creative abilities as having a double-edged nature.
  • ‘Creative’ aptitudes, perspectives and methods can be viewed as ‘problems to be corrected,’ rather than talents and legitimate approaches in their own right.
  • If, for whatever reason, one is not able to create, symptoms such as depression, anxiety and a meaningless outlook usually result because one’s natural abilities and the flow of psychic energy have been thwarted.  While most everyone can suffer the effects of unexpressed creative potential, highly creative people may suffer particularly severe symptoms:  Involvement in the creative process is their work to be done by virtue of having a cluster of primary aptitudes which demand creative expression and the opportunity to make meaningful connections. 

Many of us are driven by the underlying need to bring a valuable, creative project successfully into the world while developing our abilities and our selves at the same time.  A strong theme of individuation is therefore automatically part of our creative process.  Over time, we can feel ourselves becoming more, in actuality, the person we are meant to be.  Our potential is transformed into accomplished performance and creative projects are experienced as a vehicle for personal self-mastery. Toward this end, I have pursued an ongoing process of integrating the tools, knowledge and practices that allow us to experience the greatest effect with the least amount of time and energy.

Today, for example, there is a growing recognition that our psychological state is largely informed by our physiological state. We can more quickly and deeply effect change by working directly with out physiology to release ‘fight, flight or freeze,’ in favor of the relaxation response where we will naturally experience greater expressivity and the ability to more easily extrovert our work.

 The Center for Creative Intelligence

The Center for Creative Intelligence is intended to be an extension of my private practice, a work in progress with four, over-arching goals in mind:

  • Widen the circle of awareness about the phenomena of unidentified and underutilized creative intelligence.
  • Address misguided beliefs about creativity, which can preclude an accurate understanding of creativity and creative aptitudes.
  • Increase the likelihood that more unidentified highly creative individuals will be recognized through their abilities.
  • Develop dialogues with colleagues and mutual-interest organizations.