Karen Taylor, LCSW-C
Karen Taylor is a Clinical Social Worker serving as the subject matter expert on trauma and sexual assault at the Midshipmen Development Center. Karen’s involvement in the trauma field began as an undergraduate at Harvard, where she joined and eventually co-directed a peer counseling group dedicated to sexual assault and relationship violence issues. As a History and Literature concentrator in the Russia field, Karen wrote her undergraduate thesis on women’s traumatic experiences under Stalin. Karen received her MSW at the Smith College School for Social Work, where her master’s thesis, “‘Prevention Starts at Home:’ Mapping the Discourse Parents who Work in Sexual Assault-Related Fields Create with their Children about Sexual Assault,” was awarded the Eleanor Clark Thesis Prize for 2012. Karen completed the EMDR Institute’s 50 hour training in EMDR, an evidence based trauma treatment, in January of 2018.
Karen has worked in a variety of treatment settings, including inpatient, residential, schools, and community mental health. Prior to joining the MDC staff in 2016, Karen worked specifically with victims/survivors of sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and human sex trafficking in Baltimore City. Karen has also been involved as a volunteer with the Monument Quilt and the Listening Campaign, projects of Force: Upsetting Rape Culture, an art based activist collective.
At the MDC, Karen provides individual therapy incorporating EMDR, psychodynamic, mindfulness, and cognitive methodologies. Karen also facilitates weekly trauma support groups for survivors of sexual violence, a women’s group and a men’s group. She serves as the MDC’s liaison to the USNA SAPRO team, with whom she enjoys collaborating on prevention and response efforts.
Karen’s professional interests include effective prevention of sexual and relationship violence, interpersonal neurobiology, mindfulness/meditation, intersectionality, and social justice. Karen's passion allows her to develop meaningful relationships with patients, thus creating a healthy and productive atmosphere in therapy sessions. Karen is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge of the impact, treatment, and prevention of trauma in presentations and trainings. She comes highly recommended for midshipmen with past or recent life events similar to her fields of study.