My name is Taylor Macaulay and I am the founder of Open Roads Therapy. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with a love of connection and a passion for helping others. I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at Queen's University, and obtained a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. Outside of work, I like to sing and play guitar, write songs, play soccer, read books, do puzzles, and spend time with my friends and family. I love the outdoors, preferably when it's warm out, and I try to travel as much as I can. I do most things in the pursuit of fun, and feel my best when I can thrive in the face of a challenge. I think it is important to get to know who your therapist is as a human, so feel free to ask anything you might be wondering!
I am a strong believer that humans possess an innate resilience, strength, and capacity to overcome life's many challenges. I view therapy as a collaborative process through which we can work to access these natural capabilities and begin to facilitate meaningful, positive change. My therapeutic approach combines empathic listening with techniques drawn from narrative, internal family systems, CBT, and F**k It schools of thought to curate an individualized treatment plan that resonates best with each client.
Accessing counselling services can be an overwhelming, isolating, and nerve-wracking experience. I aim to provide a welcoming environment where clients feel comfortable being themselves and sharing whatever is on their mind. Feedback is a crucial element of the therapeutic process, and therefore I strive to create a space where clients feel safe when providing feedback and confident that their voice will be heard and validated. The counselling environment is yours to control, and I promise to remain respectful, enthusiastic, and open-minded towards all client ideas and preferences. I am also passionate about breaking down barriers to mental health services, so please feel free to inquire about fee adjustments or any other accommodations that may increase accessibility of these services for you.
I'm genuinely seeking clients who are ready to try and put themselves first. My aim is to provide a safe and relaxing space to learn more about you and your life's story. Through a compassionate, positive, culturally conscious, and trauma-informed lens, I hope to build a professional relationship that leads us down a path to improving your self-identified problem or issue. My approach to psychotherapy is eclectic in nature and I will work to adapt my counselling process based on the strategy and interventions that speak best to you as a client. Through my studies I've grown fond of narrative, person-centred, emotion-focused, cognitive behavioural, and solution-focused approaches to therapy.
Throughout this practicum journey I vow to remain within a scope of practice that aligns with my entry level of experience and will strive to meet all ethical and practical standards as outlined by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Through adequate psychotherapy supervision, Yorkville University faculty support, guidance of experienced colleagues, and regular self-care, I will bring my best self to all sessions.
Another relevant consideration includes my 17 years of experience as a registered Ontario pharmacist and designated pharmacy manager, both within a community setting. This profession has allowed me to gain further knowledge and be involved in the care of clients with chronic diseases and dual mental health diagnoses, cancer survivors, aging clientele, palliative patients, and caregivers. My pharmacology and biology background prompts me to also consider how the science of our bodies can impact our level of psychosocial functioning.
My most relevant and recent counselling experience has come in the form of supervised psychotherapy service provision to women in sheltered housing and young adults within a community transitional housing program. I have supported clients dealing with overwhelm, attachment issues, unhealthy relationships, addictions, past violence or abuse, and career or school challenges. My desire to help others and learn from them has always been a great passion, and continues to fuel my dedication to this profession. My counselling experience thus far has led to valuable self-reflection, improved self-awareness which includes recognition of my own privilege, and has created my deeper desire to advocate for marginalized populations.
Are you feeling ready to put yourself first? I encourage you to reach out and allow me to walk beside you in your personal journey to wellbeing. Let's work together to bring your best version of self to life!
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