Trisha Taylor is a counselor, author, consultant and speaker based in Houston, TX.
Counseling is a key component of Trisha's ministry and she enjoys working with individuals, couples and families. She works to provide a safe place where people who are hurting or confused can find God's grace and wisdom.
Trisha is a co-author of The Leader's Journey:
Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation, which challenges leaders to see their congregations as living systems and to respond to leadership challenges with emotional maturity, leading as Jesus did, from the inside out. She is available to lead workshops and seminars or to provide consultation and coaching to help individuals and teams find a new way of thinking and leading in the contemporary church.
Because Trisha is enthusiastic about helping couples establish happy,healthy relationships, she views premarital preparation and marriage education as essential to her ministry.
As both a minister and a counselor, Trisha holds a Texas state license as a professional counselor and is a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She graduated from Baylor University (Psychology, 1985) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Counseling, 1988). She has been married to Craig since 1985 and they have two adult children.
Life can be hard. At best, it is sometimes complicated and confusing. We often react to life's difficulties by developing the symptoms of depression or anxiety or by getting stuck in ways of thinking, feeling, and acting that keep us from moving forward. The more we try, the more stuck we get. Our relationships may suffer. We may find that when it comes to our own problems, we are 'sitting too close to the screen' to see what is really happening in our lives or how to make it better. Counseling can help.
An important part of my ministry is to help ordinary people find healing for the broken places in their lives, work toward reconciliation in their relationships, and achieve healthy, productive ways of living their lives. It is my goal to help you live the life God has given you and to live it well.
You may be feeling depressed or anxious or stressed. You may be having relationship problems that just won't go away. You may be having problems at work or with your family. I have experience in helping people deal with a wide variety of issues. If I don't have the experience or expertise to help you with your particular needs, I will help connect you to someone who does.
Of course, not all counseling focuses only on the problems that someone is having. Sometimes it is more helpful to be proactive and preventive. You may want to improve your marriage or parenting skills. You may want to think through the direction your life is headed or want help making important decisions. You may have spiritual issues you'd like to work on. Counseling can help with these kinds of goals as well.
"To lead well, pastors must first focus on managing themselves rather than managing others and learn to think in a different way about how people in living systems affect each other. As pastors learn to manage themselves, they can lead more calmly in the midst of anxious times."
The Leader's Journey:
Accepting the Call to Personal Congregational Transformation
a Leadership Network publication.
Jim Herrington, Robert Creech and I wrote The Leader's Journey to help pastors and other congregational leaders find more effective and Christ-like ways to lead by knowing and actually doing the right thing, even in the most difficult situations.
I would love to work with you, your staff, your leadership team or your congregation to apply the principles introduced in The Leader's Journey to your unique situation. I offer one-on-one coaching for ministers as well as a customized, interactive leadership development experience for you and your team.
"Jim, Trisha, and their team don't just talk transformation. Anchored in the gospel of Jesus Christ,
nurtured in relational community, and sharpened by good thinking, they walk individuals and congregations
- Dr. Chuck DeGroat, Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Western Theological Seminary
Learning Change is a field guide to personal and church renewal. It follows the experiential learning of a growing number of congregational leaders who are tackling the adaptive challenges facing the church by seeking God's dream for their lives, taking on new learning in new ways and telling their stories with authenticity and vulnerability. Each chapter offers training and information, stories of real-life experiences in churches and questions and suggestions for taking this information into a congregational context.
I've never gone for counseling before. What should I expect?
Our first session will last about one hour. I will gather basic information about your goals and life circumstances and will answer any questions you may have. At the end of the hour, I will give you a summary of my impressions and suggestions for our future work together. We can then decide together if we want to schedule another session.
Counseling is a joint effort between the counselor and the client. My job is to create a warm, encouraging, emotionally safe place for you to talk about your thoughts and feelings and to use my expertise to provide competent help for you. I will help you identify the strengths you bring to your life situation and help you clarify the patterns of thinking and acting that may be causing problems. Your job is to regularly attend scheduled sessions, be as specific as you can about your goals for change, work hard between sessions on those goals, and let me know if you have concerns about your progress.
I'm pretty sure I'm not crazy. Should I get counseling?
Counseling isnt for crazy people; counseling is for people who want to change their lives. If you are ready to work on the problems that interfere with your life and if you are ready to make changes in the way you think, act and relate to others, then counseling may be a good option for you. You may be interested in counseling if you are experiencing stress, grief, depression, anxiety, or problems in your key relationships.
Where are you located?
My office is at 2500 Wilcrest Drive, at the corner of Wilcrest and Westheimer. You can find a map here. I am in suite 420. Turn left out of the elevators and you will find my office at the end of the hall
How much do you charge?
My fee is $125 for each hour of counseling.
Do you take insurance?
I do not verify benefits or file for payments from insurance companies and I am on very few insurance lists. This means that you will need to pay at each session. However, I am happy to give you the appropriate receipts or other forms to file for out-of-network reimbursement from your insurance company.
Do you have a sliding scale?
Not exactly. If you cannot afford my fee for counseling, I hope you will ask about other options. I may be able to offer a reduced fee or a payment plan based on your unique financial circumstances. Because I believe in making counseling services affordable and accessible, I would like to talk with you further about these possibilities.
How do I make an appointment?
You can contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (512-922-4000) to make an appointment. This initial phone conversation will allow us to discuss your needs, answer any questions you may have, and set up an appointment that fits into your schedule. If, for any reason, we decide not to make an appointment, I will be happy to refer you to a colleague that better suits your needs.
What are your credentials?
I'm a licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas. I hold a master's degree in counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Baylor University. I am also a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.