About Barbara Hayes, MFT
Are you or your children dealing with anxiety, depression, or negative behaviors due to stress from life’s transitions or difficult relationships? I use techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy and other therapies to provide both short-term relief as well as long-term resolution of these issues. By learning effective coping and communication skills and challenging negative thoughts, clients can reduce their suffering and increase their positive feelings. I have had many clients tell me that they started feeling better within a few weeks and that they had hope for the first time. Through the use of mindfulness techniques and compassion, clients are able to further increase their sense of well-being.
The challenges of parenting and step-parenting are tremendous. My sixteen years of experience working with families from diverse situations and backgrounds enables me to help parents implement simple, effective techniques to help manage problematic behaviors and communications. Children are taught to identify and express their feelings in appropriate ways; they are able to act out and resolve their issues in session through the use of play therapy techniques, such as sand tray and art therapy. I am certified in Triple P, the evidence-based positive parenting program from Australia that is used throughout the world. I have worked in family clinics and in the schools as both a therapist and clinical supervisor. Even families in intense turmoil are able to find relief through these techniques.