Taylor Medernach

(She, Her, Hers)

Credentials

MSW, LCSW, RPT

Areas of Expertise

  • anxiety and stress
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • life transitions
  • social-emotional learning
  • social skill building
  • family conflict and relationships
  • autism
  • anticipatory grief, grief & loss
  • giftedness/twice exceptional
  • children with visual impairments
  • body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) like trichotillomania (hair pulling) and skin picking
  • play therapy

“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.”
–Brené Brown
Taylor believes each person’s story is sacred and that sustainable growth occurs within the context of a relationship. Taylor strives to create a person-centered environment where clients feel embraced and accepted without judgment. Taylor hopes to partner with families and empower clients as the experts in their healing journey. Her approach to therapy is warm, collaborative, and engaging with the use of creative and playful techniques. Taylor believes in drawing upon the strengths of children, adolescents, and families to cultivate resiliency and develop lasting change. Taylor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist. Taylor graduated from Saint Louis University with a Master’s in Clinical Social Work and a specialization in working with children and youth. Taylor obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Child & Family Studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Taylor has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and families with local nonprofits such as Annie’s Hope Bereavement Center for Kids, Mission Saint Louis – Beyond School Program, and Youth in Need. She has provided therapy in schools and community-based settings. Taylor has led and facilitated therapeutic groups for children and adolescents to address concerns such as grief, anxiety, social skills, and self-esteem. Taylor is currently a GRADS Facilitator (Group Recreation & Developmental Support) with Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments. Taylor’s clinical areas of interest include anxiety and stress, trauma, depression, self-esteem, life transitions, social-emotional learning, social skill building, family conflict and relationships, giftedness, and autism. Taylor is especially passionate about working with children and families who are grieving. Taylor feels comfortable discussing death and loss with children in an age-appropriate way. She has worked with individuals and families anticipating a death as well as those coping with an unexpected or sudden death. Taylor believes there is no wrong or right way to grieve and that everyone grieves in their own unique way, especially children. The foundation of Taylor’s practice is evidence-based and trauma-informed. Taylor most often uses Child-Centered Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Play-Based CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, and Family Systems Therapy. Taylor is a Certified AutPlay Provider which is a play therapy approach to working with children and adolescents with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Taylor uses a combination of non-directive skills with directive strategies according to the phase of treatment and clients’ specific needs. Taylor enjoys incorporating Sandtray, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Bibliotherapy, Art therapies, Filial Therapy, and play-based attachment therapies such as Theraplay. Taylor is in-network with Anthem BCBS, Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, and UMR. Please contact our Client Care Coordinator, Andrea Harpster, at andrea@mindfulstl.com or 314-561-9757 option 1 to inquire about appointment availability with Taylor.

now offering video therapy sessions

It's more important than ever to take care of your mental health, so all of our therapists are doing Telehealth and many have immediate openings for new clients.