Stephanie Taylor

Counselor, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

There’s actually nothing wrong with having an opinion, with having a point of view, and with letting other people know what it is and I still struggle with that often because I do want to be a people pleaser and that stems from like, middle child syndrome, therapist syndrome, wanting to just fix everything and make it better and if you can sort of, in some way lose yourself to save the rest of the world you’ll do it, which is another very big danger of my job. But, that’s not really what we’re meant to do as people, we should be somehow contributing to our community, to our families, to our careers, to whatever it is that we’re doing, don’t sell yourselves short.  It’s just, with the whole glass ceiling thing and women get paid 76 cents on the dollar compared to men, blah blah blah, what it really comes down to is - listen - you could moan and complain about it or you could demand change.

Stephanie Taylor is an Assumption College alumna who graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology and continued her education with the Counseling Psychology graduate program. She now works as a counselor at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC). She discusses how “middle child syndrome,” in conjunction with her family life led her into the field. Kind-hearted, somewhat sarcastic, and overwhelmingly humble, Stephanie reveals the hardships as well as benefits in her job. Her interview is filled with laughter and little stories that allow us to get an in-depth idea of how her life has been thus far. Although she never directly says so, various references to her faith, friends, and family appear to help keep her grounded in a career that can be emotionally and psychologically draining. At 27, Stephanie is fearless, confident, and determined to leave her mark on this world, one small act of love at a time.

Interview Date: 
October 20, 2009
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