About me

As a Christian therapist, trained in psychiatry and theology, my "ear" is tuned to understand the God-void within all humanity. For unbelievers, they often describe it as their search for happiness. For followers of Jesus, they often describe it as a feeling of emptiness. Either way - it makes up the thread that belies our search. I help my patients understand this, work through it - alongside of whatever mental health issues with which they struggle.
Please see my Bio below:
I hear the heartbeat of your spoken and unspoken struggles, as well as your dreams yet to be realized. Together we work to uncover the root cause and triggers that prevent you from being at peace with yourself and others, whether it involves issues of :
• addiction, depression - Bi-polar or other mood disorders, ADD
• codependency, low self-esteem,
• PTSD, problems with anger management or conflict avoidance
• problems with emotional and sexual intimacy in marriage.
And, then, together we move on to resolve issues you bring so that you can learn to have satisfaction and transformation in your life.
My experience spans 25 plus years of working with a wide range of people in private practice and in the mental health system. Not only that, but, my training was as a Doctor of Mental Health in Psychiatry at UCSF Medical Centre, San Francisco, with a 3- year residence, rotating in the crisis clinic, in-patient and out-patient psych units in Mount Zion Hospital, and Langley Porter Hospital, San Francisco, CA. Through this magnificent training I learned to grasp the delicate balance between the mind-body duo, and, subsequently I became adept at diagnosis and treatment, including ascertaining one's need for medication as an adjunct to the talk therapy. I am also trained in theology, having earned an M.Div. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Above all, if you choose to work with me - you will gain an ally in your recovery - who is authentic, transparent, and, who will walk with you to the culmination of your treatment.
My treatment approach is psychoanalytic. And, thus, I believe we all suffer hurts, habits and hang-ups from the past, which are at the root of our struggles that go back to unfinished business with family of origin. However, I also integrate facets of cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy, as the need presents. Furthermore, I am a Christian with a worldview that is biblically based. And, so, I hear the “God void” that lies within the heart of all humankind which we seek to fill with other things. This means that while my counsel will never conflict with the authority of Scripture, I will not proselytize. With that said, I have and will continue to see anyone who chooses to work with me as their therapist, regardless of whether you have a religious affiliation or none.
Last, I am also an author who wrote a book based on case histories of nine patients who gave me permission to tell their stories, interspersed with vignettes from my own life - about how to overcome the struggles with which we all suffer. My nascent book, entitled, "You Can't Heal A Wound By Saying It's Not There", 2nd edition, is an overview of how what I have described above helps people heal and move on with their lives, so that they can help someone else be better - one person at a time.
Are you willing to begin a journey with me of overcoming the past and embracing your God-given future?


Specialties

  • Addictions
  • Relationships
  • Intimacy
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Family conflicts , Grief , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Coaching , ADHD , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Years of Experience: 30

Services offered


  • Messaging

  • Video

Licensing

CA LMFT 16887


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Saundra Taulbee. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with Faithful Counseling might be different.

Written on Oct 18, 2023 after therapy with Saundra for 2 months

Very experienced and fair!

Work with me!