Meet Monarch’s New Therapist – Taylor Rapuano
Hello! My name is Taylor Rapuano (she/her) and I’m an LCPC based here in Washington, DC, and practicing in Maryland. I’m so thrilled to be joining the Monarch team.
A little bit about me:
I grew up in the area, in Northern Virginia, but have been lucky enough to live in a handful of places, including Chicago (probably my favorite city). I did my undergraduate work in psychology at North Park University in Chicago and then received my Masters in Addiction Counseling/Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies.
Outside of my work, I really value balancing rest/alone time with social connections. I love to spend my time reading, creating music, art, crafts, and other creative pursuits, doing home/YouTube yoga, and spending time with friends, my two cats, and my partner.
Prior to joining Monarch, I worked at a group therapy practice focused on a dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) approach, an inpatient treatment center for eating disorders, and a substance use treatment center. Those diverse clinical settings have given me a richer vantage point on my work and helped clarify how and why I focus on eating disorders and related issues—including: disordered relationships with food and movement, body image, substance use, relationship issues, and other co-occurring disorders.
Cultural competence and humility are also super important to me in my work, and I take an individualized, client-centered approach to every person I work with. I see my clients as the experts on their own experience and our therapy as a space to guide individuals towards a deeper connection to their own innate strength, power, and wisdom. I also utilize a Non-Diet, Health at Every Size (HAES) approach to recovery from eating disorders—and the HAES ethos is always at the core of my work and something I’m very passionate about.