Rosemary Taylor, Ph.D.

Children, Adults, Seniors and Families

Rosemary Taylor, Ph.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist specializing in children, adults, and families. She works in the St. Charles and Oak Brook offices. Dr. Taylor is a graduate of Northwestern University (undergraduate) and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Mississippi.

Dr. Taylor is gifted at acknowledging the frustrations of parents and guiding them to practical solutions to help benefit their children. She has respect for the parents, children and adolescents with whom she works and really listens to them and collaborates in problem solving strategies. A common goal in therapy is to increase the positive communication and lessen tension and stress in family relationships.

Many people tell me that my approach of solution-focused therapy offers an opportunity to quickly learn practical coping and problem solving skills, which ultimately improve their lives.”

Anxiety, OCD, Depression and Phobias

A specialty area of Dr. Taylor’s is anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and phobias.  Anxiety is apprehension without an apparent cause.  It can occur when there is no immediate threat to safety or well-being, but the threat feels real.  Children four through six have anxiety about things that aren’t based in reality, such as fears of monsters and ghosts.  Children seven through twelve often have fears that reflect circumstances that may happen to them, such as bodily injury or a natural disaster (fire, flood).  If anxious feelings persist, they can take a toll on a child’s sense of well-being and have long-term effects.

When an anxiety and fear persists it can turn into a phobia, which can be very difficult to tolerate, both for kids and those around them, especially if the anxiety producing stimulus is hard to avoid, e.g., thunderstorms.

Dr. Taylor uses a combination of strategies to help children cope with their fears and give them coping skills to use in life, such as visualization, positive self statements, relaxation techniques, and desensitization.  The key to resolving fears and anxieties is to confront and overcome them.

Obsessive Compulsive is a type of anxiety that happens when there is a problem with the way the brain deals with worrying and doubt.  Kids with OCD worry a lot. Sometimes they feel afraid that bad things could possibly happen to them, sometimes they feel that something bad could happen to people they love, or sometimes they feel like they have to get things “just right” and have to check to make sure.  Some kids with OCD are afraid of getting dirty or catching germs.  Others worry that their parents will get sick or hurt.  Some kids feel that they have to say things a certain number of times, ask questions over and over again, or keep things super clean as a way to keep bad things from happening.  Behavior involves washing hands, e.g., as much as the child would like to stop, their hands do not feel clean enough and they must do it again. They cannot make themselves turn off the water.  At school, not touching doorknobs or handrails for fear of germs, checking and rechecking quiz or tests and erasing anything that isn’t need These compulsions can make children late for school, incomplete marks or failing because nothing is perfect enough to turn in.

Dr. Taylor uses cognitive behavioral therapy to assist children with OCD.  She may start by just getting to know the child and parents.  She will ask questions about problems with worry and rituals that the child has been having.  Then she will explain about OCD and how cognitive behavioral therapy works to help it get better.  She will also help parents understand the child’s OCD and what they can do at home to help it get better.  Kids with OCD usually go to therapy once a week for a while, then less often as they begin to get better.  Getting better may take a few months. Children with OCD usually are really relieved when the symptoms of OCD get weaker and they begin to feel stronger.

Dr. Taylor is skilled at helping children and adolescents work out their concerns with others their own age. She assists with conflict resolution and learning how to express feelings in an appropriate manner and decrease aggressive outbursts. She helps children and adolescents feel confident about themselves, develop better communication skills and enhance their peer relationships. 
“One of the primary benefits of counseling is that you walk away from the experience with tools to use in your life.


My work with seniors helps with the difficult changes in life, such as the death of a spouse or medical problems that can lead to depression.  I can help you work through these life changes, heal from losses, process difficult emotions, and develop better coping skills.”

Depression treatment is just as effective for senior adults as it is for younger people. She believes that therapy works just as well as medication in relieving mild to moderate depression and, unlike antidepressants, therapy also addresses the underlying causes of the depression. Her work with seniors uses the same principles as that with younger people, namely, the attempt to put one’s years of experience into perspective and allowing people to tell their story the way they want to tell it.  People need a safe person and place to talk about their issues, whether it is painful, sad, or humorous.  People, no matter what age, want to understand themselves better, feel feelings, and have good relationships with their family and friends.  Being “down in the dumps” over a period of time is not a normal part of growing old, but it is a common problem.  Therapy can help ease the pain of depression.

Dr. Taylor specializes in Areas of Focus including:


St Charles | 405 Illinois Avenue, Ste. 2C

Oak Brook | 1200 Harger Road, Ste. 220

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