Taylor Gilbert is a licensed clinical social worker and practices from Goodwood Counseling. She shared insights about raising adopted children at Adoption Perspectives Conference.
Taylor has a passion for helping young children from 0 to 6 years old. She believes these years are the foundation for healthy development. “I feel so passionately that the earlier you can identify a problem and intervene, the sooner you can help a child succeed.”
Taylor warns that the old idea that children are too young to remember or understand hardships is not accurate. “We are the voices for our young children and must advocate for their needs when they can’t.”
Social work can be difficult, but Taylor said that her faith and family keep her going. She credits God for guiding her into social work and into her private practice. “I rely on my faith to help me see past these difficult issues to hopefully inspire growth and healing.” Likewise, she says her close-knit family has supported her even when she has doubted herself.
Taylor wants people to know that there are many inaccurate ideas of what therapy is like. She practices therapy in a way that makes both she and her clients are active in the process. “I see therapy as a collaborative process where the therapist and client create meaningful goals to resolve problems that are preventing the client and family for reaching their fullest potential.”
Taylor says being proactive and learning is great for caretakers and children alike. “People may [have attended] Uplift Adoption Conference to gain more knowledge about adoption or what to expect, which is a wonderful proactive approach.”