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TAYLOR TICA, MA, LPCC

CEO and Lead Clinician

Taylor began her career in 2016 working with adolescents and their families providing crisis interventions and counseling. She uses a strengths-based approach that respects family decision-making regarding services for their child and honors the family’s cultural values and practices.


After graduating from her Masters program, Taylor worked for the state of Nevada providing mental health treatment services for children with significant emotional and/or behavioral problems. Taylor, by means of empathy and normalization helped families achieve a greater level of connectedness.


Upon moving to San Diego County Taylor completed her associateship in the non-profit sector providing adult individual and family counseling. She offered behavioral health services, prevention, mental health education and outreach to CalWORKs recipients. She addressed mental health issues that may affect individual's ability to move from welfare to work. Taylors training includes topics such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, stress management, life skills, grief, and parenting skills.


In addition, Taylor counseled high school and NCAA Division 1 college athletes by utilizing mindfulness, relaxation, and strengths based approach to teach competitors to remain calm under pressure, increase concentration, self-confidence, and achieve peak performance.


Taylor currently works in private practice providing individual, family, and adolescent therapy. Taylor enjoys hiking and yoga and when possible incorporates movement and guided relaxation into her treatment.

 
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DARRYL GILMER, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Darryl is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the states of California and Texas and has been practicing for the past 15 years. Darryl received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Chapman University in Palm Desert, CA and is currently working on his PhD at Northcentral University. Darryl specialization is marriage and family therapy, with an emphasis in couples therapy, which is the focus of his dissertation.


Throughout his career Darryl has treated a variety of clients in a multiplicity of settings. Darryl has extensive experience working with substance abuse issues both in a hospital and clinic setting. Other areas of experience include crisis work, working with active-duty military and veterans, and private practice services for clients ages 12-99. Darryl has specific training in the Matrix Model for treating substance dependence, Cognitive Processing Therapy to treat trauma, and as a marriage and family therapist, ongoing training in the areas of couple and family treatment.


Darryl’s personal style is very warm and personable. He believes in being direct and giving feedback in a supportive manner to help his clients see things from different points of view and to help them grow. It is his belief that the most important part of the therapeutic process is the relationship between the client and therapist because that is where true change occurs: in the context of relationships.


“My goal for all of my clients is to ultimately not need therapy, and preparation for completing therapy begins in the first session. This process may take a session, weeks, months, or years, but I believe in helping clients to create goals that will help them feel comfortable managing life’s challenges.”