Gwen Hayes, LICSW


I center my practice on authentic relationships and empowerment. My aim is to understand the hopes and values of the people I work with and then help them craft their own wellness goals related to these. My work is client-centered and strengths-based. I am flexible and dynamic in my approach based on the needs, capacities, and assets of the individual I am working with. I enjoy collaborating with clients while offering guidance through the personal growth process.

I often bring neuroscience and experiential learning into my
therapeutic work. I empower clients to understand how their mind and physiology
work, while developing tools and practices for connecting with and shaping
their internal landscape. I also help clients investigate relational,
environmental, and systemic factors that may be impacting their mental health.
I value social justice and believe everyone deserves access to high-quality
mental health care. I frequently engage in continuing education and aim to
bring the most effective practices into my work with clients. I have received
specialized training in Wilderness and Adventure Therapy, Acceptance and
Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), Dialectical
Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and trauma work. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma
Professional (CCTP) and approach each case through a trauma-informed lens.
Additionally, I integrate interpersonal neurobiology, humanistic psychology,
somatic experiencing, and positive psychology into my work with clients.

My areas of strength include working with challenges related to
anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and efficacy, ADHD and executive
functioning, adoption/attachment, grief and trauma, identity development,
addictive behaviors, oppositional behaviors, and difficulties with
interpersonal communication. I have previous experience working in wilderness
therapy, residential treatment, home and community treatment, school social
work, parent coaching, and case management.

Outside of the office, I enjoy pursuing my own therapeutic experiences through running, outdoor recreation, travel, gardening, cooking, and playing with my energetic dog.

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