What I Do?

Cheryl received her Master of Clinical Social Work degree from the University of Calgary. After graduating, she worked in Calgary in Child Welfare and then moved to the Netherlands where she established her own private practice. 19 years ago, she and her family moved to Toronto where she started work in hospital settings, first in psychiatry, then in the prenatal department, and worked with seniors, advocating for better services.

Also, she worked in the Endocrinology Department and Chronic Disease Management at Women’s College Hospital. During her time in this position, she became very involved in the psychosocial and behavioral concerns of chronic diseases, helping a diverse population cope and live with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, thyroid, cancer, and eating disorders.

Presently she works on contract for Bayridge Counselling Centres as a social worker/psychotherapist.

Cheryl enjoys challenges and stimulation in her life. One specific accomplishment was climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2009.

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I Believe

“It’s a rewarding and privileged experience to walk along the path of self-empowerment with my clients.

I would be honoured to take the journey with you.”


Cheryl Harris Taylor

Registered Social Worker | BSW, MSW, RSW

Education & Accomplishments

  • MASTERS OF SOCIAL WORK: University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 2001 – Practicum at Calgary Catholic Family Services as a clinician focusing on women’s mental health.
  • BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK: University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 1986 – Practicum at Colonel Belcher Hospital
  • CBT-I Treating Insomnia and Co-Morbid Conditions: December 2018
  • ACT: Leading Edge seminars: May 2016
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: May 2010
  • Choices and Changes: Clinician influence and Patient Action: June 2014
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: October 2009
  • Critical Incident Stress Management: CISM: Group Crisis Intervention Course: November 2004


  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • MBCT
  • Solution focus
  • Crisis intervention
  • ACT
  • Dialectic behavioral therapy

Professional Memberships

  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers


  • 35 years

Cheryl's Favorite Quote

“Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance,”

– Verna Myers

Frequently Asked Questions With Cheryl

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

I like helping people.

When a client feels I have helped them, when they have an aha moment.

I would explain how I work, understand their hesitancy, which is natural, and check in through the session to see if he/she is comfortable with the session. Let them know the session can stop at any time and the fee would be decreased to that time.

For my supportive and loving children.

That trying to be non-judgemental helps them build a strong relationship.

That a person will never be able to manage living their lives once again.

Establishing a young adult clinic for youth living with diabetes.
Being able to continue working as a therapist after retirement.
Being able to help clients feel better with their lives.

One client I work with now found me after I retired. Her psychiatrist located me because the client felt I was the only therapist that was able to help her.

Cheryl Harris Taylor

Bayridge Counselling


  • Wednesdays and Thursdays


What activity instantly calms you?

Spending time by the water or being outside

What's your favourite board game?


What was your favourite age growing up?

26-30 years of age

Cheryl in the Community

Cheryl In The Community

Emerging Adult Clinic and the Importance of Social Work

Presented At The Canadian Diabetes Association’s Professional Conference And Annual Meetings In Ottawa. October 2016

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Emerging Adult Clinic and Importance of Social Work

Presented At The Canadian Diabetes Association’s Professional Conference And Annual Meetings In Ottawa. October 2016

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Need Help Choosing a Therapist?

If you are still trying to decide whether therapy is right for you, book a free 20-minute virtual consultation with our Clinical manager and therapist, Nicole Callander, RSSW. Nicole would be happy to answer any questions about therapy or who would be a match for your unique situation.

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