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Allana Taylor, LCSW

Allana Taylor, LCSW Allana Taylor, LCSW Allana is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has worked in both private practice as well as community based mental health settings for over 20 years, having rich experiences working with folks from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. She believes that a successful therapeutic …

Life Transitions: College

Life Transitions: College Your teenager has worked hard throughout high school and finally been accepted to college. There are cheers but deep down probably a lot of fears too—- the world your teenager knows (home, sense of belonging, community, childhood friends) will shortly become turned upside down. College is a place of growth, adventure, independence, …

Lying: What’s it about

Everybody lies sometimes. It’s part of life, and sometimes it’s even appropriate for your child to lie. If a school classmate asks if they like their new shoes, saying yes may be the appropriate response, even if they don’t.Most of the time, however, young people lie to cope with difficult feelings related to embarrassment, shame, …

Back to School Worries

You know how it goes: your child has a stomach or head ache in the mornings for no good reason. Maybe they have trouble falling asleep or begin waking in the night. School has started, and your child is worrying about the their class, classmates, certain “mean” teachers, or riding the bus. These worries are …

Building Community As a Way to Combat Bullying

Research from the American Psychological Association in 2010 shows bullying victims frequently lack social skills, think negative thoughts, experience difficulties in solving social problems, possibly come from negative family, school and community environments, and are rejected and isolated by peers. Below are some simple practices to strengthen your child’s self worth and connectedness to others …

To Medicate or Not

Your child is struggling with behavioral or mood problems and non-pharmaceutical interventions aren’t enough. Your pediatrician or therapist suggests a psychiatric consultation. Natural concerns arise, like whether your child will become addicted to this medicine? Can I trust the research or is the pharmaceutical industry manipulating data? Will there be any long-term adverse effects? Can …