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Animal Assisted Interventions is a beneficial way for you to explore the animal assisted activities designed for young children at school,  older adults in assisted-living, veterans recovering from PTSD, and more.




shot of Carlene Taylor with a horse

Carlene H. Taylor, Ed.D., LMHC-S, LPC, RYT200


Dr. Taylor is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Qualified Counselor Supervisor in Florida and Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia. She is a Georgia Certified Professional Counseling Supervisor and a National Board-Certified Counselor. She holds a Georgia Professional Teaching Certificate in School Counseling. She and her K-9 partner, Eli, are registered with the AKC and the Pet Partners Program as a Therapy Dog/Handler Team, and Dr. Taylor is a Licensed Pet Partners Team Evaluator. Dr. Taylor is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with specialized training in yoga for general mental health and trauma treatment. She is most recognized in the UNF community as a leader and advocate for Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling and Integrative Healthcare through the Integration of Creativity, Animals & Nature in Healthcare Initiative within the Brooks College of Health.


Prior to joining the faculty at UNF, Dr. Taylor has served for 20 years of clinical practice in numerous administrative and clinical positions working to expand high quality clinical care to underserved populations. She is a nationally recognized expert in Human-Animal Interaction, Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling and Childhood Sexual Abuse. Her practice specialties have included working with experientially with children and adolescents who have experienced sexual trauma and those who additionally became sexual offenders. In a related capacity, she provided forensic interviewing/offender risk assessment and expert testimony in cases involving child abuse for both Georgia and Florida Superior Courts.


The Georgia Legislature has enacted laws based upon expert witness testimony from Dr. Taylor as she has been successful in advocating for expanded privileges for Licensed Professional Counselors and to limit access of known sexual offenders to children. Dr. Taylor maintains a small private practice specializing in the integration of creativity, animals and nature for health and wholeness.