Dr. Taylor Phillips, Psy.D.
“Helping adults recover from a variety of mental health conditions in order to pursue a sense of purpose and meaningful relationships.”
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 adults experience a mental illness, with 1 in 20 adults experiencing what is considered a serious mental illness marked by symptoms of psychosis and/or mood disturbance that significantly interfere with daily functioning.
For many, the difficulties such individuals were encountering prior to their diagnosis were impairing but when coupled with a formal diagnosis, have brought on new challenges of navigating the mental health system, understanding what this means for them and their future, coping with the stigma that often comes with mental illness, and establishing a new “normal”. This can be an overwhelming time, filled with feelings of fear, anxiety, uncertainty, and isolation as you feel no one understands what you are experiencing.
Whether you are looking for a safe space to understand your situation better, seeking help to better manage your symptoms, or in need of support in recognizing the quality person you continue to be despite how you may be made to feel since being diagnosed, therapy can help. My approach is informed by evidence based practices, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) while creating a unique therapeutic alliance that serves as the catalyst for change.
I am Dr. Taylor Phillips, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist who is the Founder of Vitamin P Therapy, an independent entity within Bayview Therapy serving the amazing South Florida community (Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, Parkland, West Boca Raton, and surrounding areas).
I specialize in working with adults facing the unique challenges of the following (but not limited to):
I also have experience working with anxiety, domestic violence, self-esteem struggles, stress, and much more. Further, I completed a certificate training in maternal mental health through Postpartum Support International (PSI).
There are many mental health providers who believe individuals who experience some of the aforementioned concerns only benefit from psychotropic medication and are not appropriate for therapy; however, my experiences to date and current research shows otherwise.
This is not to say I disagree with the use of psychotropic medication to help manage severe and impairing symptoms, as I have seen the incredible impact such medication has had for certain individuals. Nonetheless, I have worked with many people who indicated medication was not enough in their road to healing and recovery, as it only targets one part of the person.
As human beings, we are comprised of a complex array of thoughts, feelings, and perceptions based on our experiences and environments that often get overlooked when focusing on a medication only approach to treatment. This laid the groundwork for the development of my company - Vitamin P Therapy. While medication can play a pivotal role in recovery, I believe in treating the whole person and fueling the body and mind with additional “vitamins” that are essential for optimal growth and functioning.
I am able to meet each person where they are at when coming into therapy, as I truly believe the success of treatment is largely based on the therapeutic alliance. While I am confident in my skills and knowledge base to help facilitate your recovery, the greatest progress is seen when both therapist and client work as part of a collaborative process.
Therefore, I utilize my expertise in session but balance it with empowering you as the expert on your own life and together, determining how the both of us can integrate our areas of knowledge. I also believe it is important to the therapeutic relationship to be able to relate beyond the traditional “doctor-client” mode and that there are appropriate times to acknowledge the shared experience of being human at the end of the day. As such, while I adhere to ethical and professional standards, there may be moments where our sessions feel more casual and relational in nature.
For me, I identify a natural inclination for listening to people and understanding their experiences given my tendency to be more reserved among my more outspoken and emotionally-charged family and friends. I remember many times seeing everyone just talking over one another, eager to make their point while I sat back and realized how ineffective this was because no one was hearing what the other person was saying, the very goal each person was trying to achieve! But why was it no one else noticed this?
Such individual differences, even within the same family, and the many factors that contribute to who we are as people sparked my initial interest in the field of psychology and helped me to realize active listening is not a characteristic inherent in all people, but a skill that can be utilized in helping others through difficulties.
With regard to my educational background, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Central Florida with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After graduation, I decided to take some time to gain clinical experience before embarking on the journey of graduate school, as I knew reading about something in a book was very different from the reality of it.
I began working as a mental health technician at a community mental health facility where I had the fortunate opportunity to help a wide range of individuals, from children to older adults, who were often experiencing one of their most difficult times in their lives subsequent to significant mental health symptoms, such as psychosis, mania, and depression.
As I saw many individuals recover, I also began to see the limits of inpatient care, particularly when it is initiated involuntarily. As I enrolled in graduate school to obtain my Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) from Nova Southeastern University, I decided to specialize in working with individuals who have experienced psychosis and major mood disorders, particularly in inpatient and forensic settings, such as hospitals and jails.
I completed my predoctoral internship at Arkansas State Hospital and graduated from Nova Southeastern University with my Psy.D. in 2015. After completing all licensing requirements, I continued to work in a state hospital setting where I maintained the privilege of working as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team to help treat some of the strongest and most resilient individuals who were experiencing severe forms of mental illness and adversity, often including significant trauma.
With my growing number of years working in such a setting, I began to realize the scarcity of qualified clinicians in the community specializing in various forms of psychosis and mood disorders to help achieve/maintain stability and minimize the need for hospitalization whenever possible, as I understood the limits of what inpatient settings can achieve, the possible adverse consequences of involuntarily hospitalizing someone, and the decline in treatment gains without sufficient outpatient treatment in place.
Just For Fun
In my free time, you can find me spending time with my family, including my husband, two young children, and older pup that has been with me throughout this journey. We enjoy going for walks and exploring the various parks in our community.
I love reading- from fictional suspense novels to anything psychology related, as there is always more to learn. I also love going out to eat and trying new restaurants, as one of the great things about South Florida is the abundance of eateries.
Lastly, I love being outdoors (aside from when it is 100 degrees during the summer months) and trying to cultivate my gardening skills, although many plants have unfortunately suffered throughout this process
Why Work with Me?
Finding the right therapist can be a difficult process and one of the primary deterrents of seeking treatment. The goodness of fit between therapist and client cannot be emphasized enough and why I take the time to establish that relationship in addition to clinical intervention.
I not only have the education and training for working with adults who have been diagnosed with a wide range of psychiatric disorders, including those with symptoms of psychosis, but also the hands-on clinical experience of working with some of the most severe forms of mental illness within highly restrictive settings.
I am confident that with my easy-going and nonjudgmental personality, along with my skills, expertise, and overall passion for this work, I can help you too.
Take the Next Step, Let's Connect!
Thinking about reaching out? Take the first step and contact me to get started at (954) 391-5305. I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation, and I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about getting started.
I am offering face-to-face sessions at our beautiful, brand new Coral Springs office or on our secure telehealth platform. For more information, visit my website at vitaminptherapy.com.
I look forward to speaking with you!