Senior Clinician Travis Taylor was recognized at the May 15, 2014 staff luncheon at Sovereign Health Group’s San Clemente office as Employee of the Month.
Travis said he was “shocked” when his name was announced. He was described as an asset to the Clinical team, because he always volunteers to help, even when he is “far too busy to be the one to help.” His passion for patients and his sense of humor were both mentioned.
Travis has been with Sovereign Health for 11 months, ever since he received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University, in Costa Mesa, California. At Vanguard, he also worked as a therapist under the supervision of Dr. Lesley Davis, Sovereign Health Group’s Clinical Director in San Clemente. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He came to Sovereign as a pre-doctoral intern on a three-month contract, and then became a permanent employee.
As a senior clinician, he has a normal caseload of seven patients per week, although lately he has been treating nine patients a week, conducting two weekly individual 45-minute therapy sessions with each one. The heavy caseload indicates “poor boundaries on my part,” he joked. “Borderline personalities tend to find me.”
His therapeutic interests include Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Object Relations Therapy (ORT). EFT focuses on the way people manage their emotions and is particularly valuable working with couples, while ORT focuses developmental issues, and how family relationships in childhood affect adult relationships.
As an undergraduate, he was interested in both psychology and sociology, but a course on Theories of Counseling turned him toward a career in psychology. “I’ve always liked helping people, and people have always come to me with their problems,” which makes him a “stereotypical middle child,” he said.
One of the things that he likes about working at Sovereign is “the amazing clinical team.” Another factor is that “I’ve never been bored since I started here.” Both those factors contribute to his frequent use of the phrase that he is “living the dream.”