Introducing Jennifer Taylor, MS, LMFT

Jennifer specializes in helping emotional and sexual affairs, couples coping with complex behavioral health care needs, military families, families with children, natural disasters and financial setbacks. 

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Credentials

Education:

M.S., Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas,  (Family and Child Development and Marriage and Family Therapy) 1981.

B.S., Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO (Psychology)

PhD,  ABD (3 years) Marriage and Family Therapy 

Certification in Primary Care Behavioral Health from the University of Massachusetts University School of Medicine

Licenses:

Marriage and Family Therapist
 -Washington State, #LF60642442
 -Idaho, #LMFT-6229
 -Utah, #513365-3902
 -Colorado, #0000770

Client Reviews

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"We've tried a couple of counselors before and it was not successful. Probably for a couple reasons. 1. One of us, was not open to it. 2. It really felt one sided.

We were very guarded and defensive with each other; we wanted to improve our trust and remember why we fell in love. We did not want to drag out therapy, we just couldn't wait that long

We loved how gentle and kind Jennifer Taylor was. We thought there wasn't much input from her though, but that could have been the point. I think we both felt safe to speak our truth.

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We realized the true feelings underneath our conflicts. We were able to work all the way through some of them and not give up and pretend it was just going to go away

Best thing for a couple who can't resolve conflict is to be in a room where you can't leave and give up. Take it seriously, don't waste your money. Remember to work at it until it becomes habit. Things aren't fixed just because of a weekend, it takes consistency

We are very grateful and look forward to working with Jennifer more. It will help us stay accountable."

"There are factors that make our relationship vulnerable. A therapist's job is to help us understand the destructive relationship patterns that developed over the years and to strengthen these vulnerabilities. We all want to have a soft place to fall when we need it and a partner who we can turn to for comfort and support..."
- Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer and husband Darris

Evidence-Based Models

4-day Externship; 8-day Core Skills
In Supervision toward Certification

Advanced Training in the Gottman Method
In Supervision toward Certification

Practice Values

I work almost exclusively with couples. I have been told I have a calming, easy going personality; I can calm a volatile situation and build a trusting relationship.

I like working with couples who are trying to establish trust and security after a relationship injury. I have particular skills in working with couples experiencing the aftermath of an affair.

I lean into these types of problems as a clinician, not move away from them. I believe couples can heal from an affair and I am optimistic that they can make progress and heal their broken hearts. I offer them hope.

Establishing a trusting relationship with a client is essential. Both parties in a couple must feel that their feelings and experiences are understood and valued by the therapist. I embark on an intimate journey with a couple as they open up and recognize the underlying emotions that drive their problematic patterns.

My interventions allow you to experience a different level of closeness, that is more valuable and meaningful. They allow couples to experience a feeling of deep intimacy once again. Emotionally-focused couples therapy is particularly useful for doing this. 

We all need and want the security and warmth experienced from being in a satisfying relationship. We all want to have a soft place to fall when we need it and a partner who we can turn to for comfort and support. I understand how relationships can endure and I understand the importance of acceptance and commitment.

Personally Speaking

When our son was in grammar school, my own marriage began to have troubles. Despite my urging, my first husband refused to consider working on the marriage, stating that it was beyond repair, and all my fault.

I had trouble eating and sleeping and I had my first and only panic attack. I thought I was dying. My wise doctor assured me that my heart was fine but asked me: "What's going on in your life?"

When you realize it's stress and anxiety, not something physical, it's a wake-up call. 

I have spent a lot of time analyzing that relationship as the years have worn on. In hindsight, it would have been extremely helpful to me to have the assistance of a couples therapist. There are factors in every relationship that make it vulnerable to crisis. A good therapist doesn't assign blame. They help a couple understand the destructive relationship patterns that develop over the years and aim to strengthen these vulnerabilities. 

My parents were married for 65 years and they both passed away recently, within 90 days of each other. I am so thankful that I had them as parents for so many years; they truly loved each other and were devoted to our family.

I grew up in a rural area near Castle Rock, CO—Happy Canyon where we had horses and wildlife like bears, deer, bobcats, rattlesnakes and mountain lions. It was a great place to grow up and we explored the whole canyon on horseback. Since then, it is developed very quickly and has almost merged into Denver.

I was first inspired to become a therapist by a high school psychology teacher; I then had several professors in graduate school who opened up a whole new way of looking at relationships and individuals. 


Remarriage

After many years as a single parent, I found a wonderful man and re-married. 

We spend time in both Washington, where my son and his family live, and in Colorado where my stepchildren and grandchildren live.  I do Couples Retreats in both locations! 

We enjoy the activities our children and grandchildren are involved in and as they get older, we would like them to spend time traveling with us.

My husband and I enjoy fly fishing. We fished for Kamloops trout in Lake Pend Orielle in Idaho for a year. These are large trout found only in a couple of lakes. We were able to catch and release one which was thrilling.  I spend a lot of time taking care of wild birds, I do whatever I can to take care of the birds and attract a new species in the area I am living.

Finding love and building a fulfilling, nurturing marriage is a reminder of how satisfying it is. I am honored to have the opportunity to bring healing and intimacy to couples through my science-based practices.

I would like to invite you to come and work on your marriage after you've been impacted by betrayal, managing a chronic medical condition, or suffering from other chronic stressors. 

I look forward to meeting you and helping you both to heal.

Office: Blaine, WA

A couch in a warmly lit office with pillows on either side

I have an office in my home in Blaine, WA. Blaine is a small coastal community very close to the Canadian border, as well as the San Juan Islands and the Northern Cascade mountains. I am a couple of miles away from Birch Bay in one direction and Drayton Bay in the other direction and Semiahmoo spit a few miles below. You can ski in the morning and take a ferry to the San Juan Islands for dinner.  There is also boating, golfing, and fishing easily accessible.

My office reflects my Western heritage with western bronzes and western pictures and images of pine trees and pine cones; every attempt is made to surround my clients with homey comforts. 

I look forward to welcoming you into my  home office.

Work Summary

I've worked as a hospital emergency department crisis worker, police department victim advocate, substance use disorder therapist, Employee Assistance Program workplace crisis intervention counselor and a telephonic case manager for families of active duty service members and retirees with complex behavioral health care needs.

I have always liked to stay busy which has created a very diverse set of job experiences and skill sets that I can bring to my practice.

  • I was a victim advocate for Salt Lake City Police, responding to domestic violence incidents as they occurred, and intervening with resources.
  • I've also worked as a crisis worker in a busy Emergency Department; evaluating patients and assisting with admissions to an inpatient behavioral health program.
  • At a community mental health center I served the entire county as the only counselor and interacted with each and every client coming through the door.
  • In private practice I completed parental evaluations and Family and Child Investigations, this included testifying and giving recommendations to the court.
  • I have worked as a therapist with a group of pediatricians.
  • I have worked as a telephonic behavioral health case manager for active duty military families and retirees.
  • For many years I have been an on call therapist for a company that provides crisis intervention and Employee Assistance Program (AEP) education when a company has a critical incident such as an employee death, natural disaster or company downsizing layoffs.

Professional Memberships

Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Member, Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy