Clifton Taylor, MA, LPC, NCC, CSAT
I was born in Galveston, Texas and grew up in San Antonio. I attended Texas A&M University—yes, I’m an Aggie!—and graduated with a degree in civil engineering. For 25 years, I enjoyed a diverse and gratifying career as a civil engineer. I am privileged to have worked for several national and international companies and experienced the challenges and rewards of founding and managing my own consulting firm.
In 2000, it became painfully obvious that my life was out of control—I was engaged in way too many self-defeating behaviors, my relationships and finances were in shambles, I was unhappy, and my perceived self-worth was at an all-time low. I realized I had to alter the way I was living, so I embarked on a journey of healing and lasting change through treatment, extended care, therapy, and 12-step meetings.
I know firsthand what it’s like to struggle with difficult issues, overcome the fear and confront those issues, seek professional help, and then experience the joy and peace that comes with healing and change.
Early in my journey, I realized that I had a deep passion for helping others navigate the difficult process of healing and change that I was going through. So, I went back to school and obtained a Masters degree in Counseling.
Since graduating, I have been fortunate to be associated with several exceptional organizations and treatment centers in South Texas and Mississippi, including Family Service Association, The Center for Health Care Services, Seasons of Life Counseling Center, and Pine Grove Behavioral Health. I have also had the great honor of studying and training with some extraordinarily talented and skilled clinicians, many of whom have been mentors.
My work includes individual, couples, family, and group therapy with a diverse clientele, ranging across socio-economic, ethnic, and gender lines.
Therapeutic issues have been varied and challenging and have included addictions (drugs and alcohol, sex and love, eating, spending, work), cognitive disorders, trauma and PTSD, mood disorders (depression, dysthymia, bipolar, mania), anxiety disorders (anxiety, panic attack, social phobia), schizophrenia, personality disorders (narcissistic, histrionic, avoidant, dependent, obsessive-compulsive, anti-social, borderline), ADHD, OCD, grief and loss issues, and life transitions. While at Pine Grove, I facilitated five-day intensive workshops for men struggling with compulsive sexual behavior. In conjunction with Pine Grove’s Family Program, I presented lectures on sex addiction and addiction interaction to patients and family members participating in family week and co-facilitated family process groups.
Today, I am in private practice in San Antonio, Texas. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. I have trained with Dr. Patrick Carnes, the recognized leading expert in the field of sexual addiction, to become a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). I am also working toward certification as an EMDR clinician with Carol York, LCSW, the first Executive Director of the EMDR International Association, and a certified EMDR clinician and trainer.
I am so grateful to have found a life’s work that inspires and challenges me. Every day I witness the courage, determination, and strength of clients as they face life’s challenges head on in their quest for lasting healing and change. I am honored to be a part of their journey.