• Residential Treatment Program for Teens 14-18

Staff Spotlight: Blake

Staff Spotlight: Blake

Staff Spotlight: Blake 1600 918 The Solstice Team

“I’ve worked in the therapeutic field for over 30 years, and I love that at Solstice, we work so intentionally with families. You see incredible results.”

—Blake Taylor MCoun, CMHC

Blake has been an invaluable member of our team since joining in 2010. His journey has been marked by a deep commitment to helping others and a passion for making a positive impact on young lives.

Blake Taylor MCoun, CMHCPrimary Therapist

Blake Taylor MCoun, CMHC
Primary Therapist

Blake’s favorite part about working at Solstice West is “watching kids grow, change, and figure out who they want to be. To see what directions they want to take. Adolescence is an exciting time for just about anyone, but I feel like I get to see kids making really pivotal decisions and watch them work to implement those decisions. It’s really fun to watch.”

Before specializing in adolescent treatment, Blake’s career encompassed diverse roles, including college counseling, juvenile detention, and county mental health services. Blake’s expertise lies in working with students facing a wide array of challenges, including anxiety, depression, trauma, social skills issues, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Blake shares, “It’s an amazing thing to watch a kid come in, and they’re in pain, and their life isn’t going well… and to see them make the decision and turn it around. Then years later, they’re saying, ‘It’s stuck. I’m still doing it.’ That’s an amazing thing.”

He adeptly employs various therapeutic modalities, such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) to tailor his approach to each individual’s needs.

With additional training in trauma modalities like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and Brainspotting, Blake brings a well-rounded and holistic perspective to his work. Recognizing that kids especially are products of their environment, he works to bring a genuine warmth and sense of humor to create a safe and nurturing environment for our students to heal and grow.

Outside of work, Blake cherishes time with his family, residing in Syracuse alongside his loving wife and three children. As a devoted book enthusiast, he takes pleasure in collecting “dusty old books” and indulging in reading adventures.

We are incredibly fortunate to have Blake as part of our team, and his impact extends far beyond his current practice at Solstice West. Many of his former clients continue to share updates and successes, reflecting the lasting positive influence he leaves on their lives.