Switch to Accessible Site
slogan
Green Hills with Blue Sky

About Dr. Laura Hayes

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice.  I have been providing psychotherapy to adults and teenagers in my Bethesda office for over 20 years.

I graduated from The George Washington University Clinical Psychology program where I studied neuropsychology as well as clinical psychology with a traditional psychodynamic base.  I trained in cognitive-behavioral therapies at the VA Hospital, NIH and St. Elizabeths Hospital. I also have training in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), am currently training in Somatic Experiencing and have practiced mindfulness for many years.  My therapeutic approach integrates these different but complementary perspectives. Traditional therapy helps us look at how the past can affect us now, while cognitive-behavioral techniques, mindfulness, and somatic awareness help us to let go and move forward.

Regardless of the skills one incorporates in therapy, the process of therapy builds a strong and trusting relationship between client and therapist where you are free to speak the truth openly and can expect that all feelings will be acknowledged. It is a relationship that will be supportive to you, but will also challenge you to look at things in new ways.

I work with a broad spectrum of clients whose common factor is pain and a sense of discomfort with life circumstances, their lives or themselves.  Through the therapeutic process we collaborate to understand those feelings and work through them.  As a consequence, life feels less constricted, and change and growth become possible.  

The use of complementary methodologies and techniques allows me to provide a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

The George Washington University Ph.D. 1991

Maryland License #2952

Member American Psychological Association

 

Schedule Appointment

Start your new path in life and be the change today!

CLICK HERE