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Community Highlights: Meet Paul-Roy Taylor, PhD

Today we’d like to introduce you to Paul-Roy Taylor, PhD.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started my academic career a bit later than most. I moved from Detroit to Hollywood about 20 years ago and took some time to absorb the city and gain my footing. Because of the idiosyncrasies of Hollywood, it can take a while to get settled, find your new friends, and just figure out how to manage the cultural shift. I always knew I wanted to work in psychology in some capacity, and in my mid-20s was accepted into UCLA’s psychology program, followed by about ten more years of grad school and training for licensure. I worked as a substance abuse specialist for a collection of federally funded clinics before opening up my own practice in February 2020.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
You know, academia is a fairly straightforward path, particularly in my profession. That path is grueling at times, but unlike a lot of professions in LA that require some degree of networking and luck, this field basically has the roadmap set out for you in terms of achievement milestones. I was fortunate enough, however, to have some very strong mentors in both my personal and professional life who were instrumental in my academic and professional success, so I try to pay it forward now as a member of a volunteer mentorship program.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My psychological practice is in Los Angeles, but I am also a licensed psychologist in Paris, where I now do occasional consultation work. I specialize in sex, relationships, and addiction, which I like to call it the “Rock ‘N Roll Triad” of psychological specialties. I write for publication, lecture to the public and other professionals, and conduct workshops on these issues; and I have a lot of passion for discussing them. People have so much cultural programming on relationships and sex, and then they find themselves distraught when they don’t, can’t, or won’t fit within those paradigms. I enjoy helping people find ways to live a life that makes sense for them and their needs instead of trying to force themselves into the mold others expect from them.

How do you define success?
For me, my most precious commodity is time. Time for myself, my friends, and the things I enjoy most. I try to keep a strong work-life balance, and that usually comes at some monetary cost. Could I see twice the patients and double my income…absolutely! But that’s not particularly fair to them nor is it how I want to live my life. Self-care is really important in this profession. As long as I have my creature comforts and time for what matters most, I’m generally pretty content. The world doesn’t need any more yachts.

Service Fees:

  • $250 / intake
  • $200 / individual sessions
  • $250 / couples therapy sessions
  • $200 / consultation hour

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