Taylor Tope, PA-C has been working in psychiatry since completing her masters at the University of Oklahoma Shusterman Center in early 2016. She is experienced working with patients from elementary school age to post-retirement, and strives to create a therapeutic relationship in which patients feel accepted and respected. She enjoys working with patients of all backgrounds, including various ethnic and religious minorities, as well as members of the LGBTQA+ community.
Taylor is experienced in treating patients with a variety of behavioral health issues, including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, grief and personality disorders.
Taylor has significant experience treating addiction disorders, which eventually led her to obtaining her Suboxone certification in late 2018. Taylor is also welcoming of patients with cognitive and communication deficits, such as those on the Autism spectrum, patients with neurocognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s or dementia, as well as those with intellectual disabilities.
Although Taylor chiefly addresses medication management, she is a firm believer in approaching mental health from a holistic perspective, taking into consideration how things like lifestyle, diet, physical health, sleep quality, and self-care influence her patient’s mental wellbeing. She is also a vocal proponent of talk therapy.
When asked about her personal philosophy on psychiatry, Taylor says, “Patients come to me for expert knowledge, but at the end of the day, all I can do is make recommendations. It is the patient’s responsibility to do what is necessary, whether that means taking their medication, getting themselves to therapy, working on a healthier lifestyle. My job is to make my patients better, and a big part of that is teaching my patients how to take care of themselves - encouraging them to become active participants in their emotional wellbeing.”
Taylor received her Bachelor’s in Religious Studies from the University of Oklahoma with an emphasis on Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. After moving to Tulsa for grad school, she quickly fell in love with the city’s vibrant art scene, small town feel, and unexpected wealth of Art Deco architecture.
Outside of her career, Taylor enjoys attending concerts with friends, cooking (Taylor’s been a vegan for over 2 years), spending quality time with her two cats, and is involved in the local writing and comedy communities.