Kylea Taylor is a Marriage and Family Therapist, licensed in California (MFC #34901), a consultant, and author of The Ethics of Caring. Kylea does consulting and teaching related to InnerEthics® based on her successful title The Ethics of Caring. The book won a 2018 Nautilus Book Award (the year following publication) in the category, “Relationships & Communication.”
Kylea feels a personal mission to decrease client harm and increase client benefit by inspiring and educating therapists, teachers, and other care providers to take a compassionate, self-reflective approach to ethics. She shares her method InnerEthics® through consulting, training, and peer and formal supervision.
Kylea envisions a paradigm shift in therapeutic, academic, and medical cultures in which ethical self-reflection will become the norm.
The InnerEthics® long-range vision is that the therapy field comes to expect a therapist to do self-inquiry and personal therapeutic work to discover their unconscious motivations, beliefs, and biases that might cause conflicts of interest with clients, and that the therapy field will expect licensed therapists to have completed special training in extra-ordinary states of consciousness.
InnerEthics® is being taught to students and professionals who will be using this self-reflection method themselves. It can also be taught to teachers, professors, and presenters, who want to add this method to their existing methods of ethics education. An InnerEthics® training program for teachers is in development. Contact Kylea Taylor for further information.
Education & Background
Kylea earned her Master of Science degree from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA in Marriage, Child, and Family Counseling. She started working as a counselor in the addictions recovery field in 1970 and served as the executive director of a community counseling center for sixteen years. She worked at a Santa Cruz residential substance abuse treatment center for 9 years. Kylea is also a SoulCollage® Facilitator and Trainer and a Holotropic Breathwork® Facilitator and Trainer.
Kylea has extensive personal and professional experience with addiction, post-traumatic stress, dissociation, women’s issues, “spiritual emergence(y)” or what she calls a “personal paradigm shift,” and kundalini phenomena. Her study of kundalini yoga in the 1970s began her enduring interest in the interface between psychological, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of our evolving selves. She has an eclectic knowledge of therapeutic systems, such as transpersonal psychology, family systems, gestalt, Transactional Analysis, client-centered, and various parts-therapy models. She is certified in Brainspotting, a method which evolved from EMDR. Brainspotting is an effective and efficient brain/body method of releasing trauma and expanding one’s potential beyond current limitations.
Kylea served for two years as the Ethics Chair on the Board of the Santa Cruz County Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). She currently serves on a sub-committee of the American Psychedelic Psychotherapy Association (APPA).
As a therapist, Kylea is particularly interested in helping clients integrate the effects of rapid spiritual development catalyzed by extra-ordinary states of consciousness, including integration of the transformational experiences of meditation, spiritual practice, breathwork, hypnosis, spontaneous openings, grief, depression, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse recovery, deep healing work with entheogenic and psychedelic medicines, and energy release phenomena. Kylea’s private therapy practice is based in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California USA. She provides therapy for California residents and consults worldwide via Zoom. [Because of her current teaching schedule, she has not been taking new therapy clients as of August 2021.]
Holotropic Breathwork® Practitioner, Trainer & Speaker
Kylea Taylor has been a Senior Trainer and Consultant since 1993 for the Grof Transpersonal Training which trains practitioners of Holotropic Breathwork®. She began ongoing study in 1984 with Christina Grof and Stanislav Grof, M.D., in transpersonal psychology and non-ordinary states of consciousness. Kylea assisted Stanislav Grof over the years at many of his large workshops and has facilitated workshops and presented her ethics model at conferences in the United States and abroad. Kylea retired from facilitating individual and group Holotropic Breathwork® sessions in 2007, but still occasionally teaches a module for the Grof Transpersonal Training. In 2019 she taught InnerEthics® at in-person GTT modules in California and Austria and in 2020 online. She has published four books about Holotropic Breathwork® (see below).
Kylea and Seena B. Frost (Founder of SoulCollage®) created the first SoulCollage® Facilitator Training in 2003. Kylea is President of SoulCollage Inc. There are well over 5,000 trained SoulCollage® Facilitators in more than 50 countries. SoulCollage® Facilitators are trained to share and apply this expressive arts, self-discovery method that is used both individually and in community. The World of SoulCollage® offers support to those using the SoulCollage®method as a personal practice and to the professional practice of SoulCollage® Facilitators through its workshops, trainings, and engagement in its international, private, online community.
Author & Editor
Kylea is the author of the following books published by Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc.: The Ethics of Caring, The Breathwork Experience, Considering Holotropic Breathwork® and The Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator’s Manual, and is the editor of Exploring Holotropic Breathwork®. She has also written numerous articles and book chapters for print and online magazines, journals and anthologies and a small book of poetry.