Nicole Taylor (she/her)
Founder / Director/ Clinical Supervisor
Doctor of Marriage & Family Therapy
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #102582
My vision for the Connection Clinic started with the hope to collaborate with therapists and healing practitioners in my personal community to form an ecosystem of wellness supports for folx and groups that are often overlooked or historically ignored, and thus underserved.
I've excitingly curated a team of diverse healing professionals who are also passionate about using creative, embodied approaches, helping the people and groups that we work with feel more connected to themselves, their values, and other people.
I have over 15 years of experience working in and managing mental health programs serving BIPOC and queer communities focusing on destigmatizing mental health care, increasing the access & use of mental health services in Black communities, and
decolonizing psychotherapy systems. I have worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals, shelters, non-profit organizations, schools, and mental health agencies.
My therapeutic practices are rooted in anti-oppressive, culturally affirming, "non-traditional" ( by the larger societal standard) practices in mental health care. This research led me to create the Mind-Body Protocol and Manual, a social justice approach to increasing access to mental health services in communities of color and within marginalized groups using integrative approaches like yoga-psychotherapy. My work is centered on facilitating therapy in ways that won't always look like: sitting and talking. It involves feeling, moving, and doing. Noticing, and questioning. It involves self-study and silence. And... some talking. I am very committed to social justice in my work and in my communities.
Through this work, I help people better understand themselves and create action plans to live the type of life that is desired.
I have completed advanced training in somatic practices, yoga, mindfulness, anxiety, and trauma/traumatic processing work; all of my practices are trauma-informed. I am also a 200+ hr certified yoga teacher and have focused training in therapeutic yin & restorative yoga practices. My integrative style is typically focused on understanding your behaviors, acceptance, self-compassion, and mindfulness.
I also support TCC with clinical supervision support and insurance/ accounts receivable.
Southern California is where I call home, even though I've lived in the CA Bay area for over a decade.
I am generally informal & laidback and have awkward moments, which I’ve been told increases comfort and makes me approachable or perhaps, a bit aloof. I will let you decide. Sometimes Jay, my dog, is in the office with me, so you might hear scurrying feet, jingling bells or an occasional bark. Whether meeting via telehealth, in our office, or on a walk through nature or the community, I will always aim to hold a compassionate, accepting space for where you are, and work alongside you to uncover, process, change, and connect. I very much enjoy assisting others on their journeys of self-discovery and healing and hope for the opportunity to do so with you.
Areas of focus
Relationship + Couples Therapy
Gender Affirming Therapy
Communities of Color
Approaches I use
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)