Phone Number: (202) 449-3789 x708
Hayley is a psychodynamically trained clinical counselor focusing on helping clients to live life on life’s terms. She works from an empathic stance, helping clients through the process of noticing, identifying and understanding patterns of behavior that, while once useful coping mechanisms are no longer working. Together with her clients, they explore past and current actions, set goals and practice new behaviors. Her practice is rooted in “unconditional positive regard,” creating a safe haven for exploring vulnerability and change, and a spiritual approach to life’s ups and downs, drawing on the lessons she has learned in Imago Therapy, 12 step work, and psychodynamic clinical theory. Her client base is focused on adults, individuals, and couples.
Areas of Focus
Hayley works from a perspective that values a spiritual way of life without limiting faith and spirituality to religions or denominations. A spiritual way of life includes being grounded and connected and accepting of our powerlessness over others.
Establishing and Meeting Personal Goals
Hayley transitioned from a business career that included coaching, developing and guiding her team through skills development, career path, best practices for success, and self-awareness.
Difficulty in Relationships
Hayley works 1:1 with women and men doing work to support healthy interactions, self-scrutiny, personal responsibility, and awareness and acceptance of others as a means of navigating personal and professional relationships.
Hayley’s own experience in couples’ therapy includes years of work with and Imago therapist. She firmly believes that every couple has opportunity to learn new and better ways to connect, to communicate and to envision their dream relationship. Her positive experience in therapy was a compelling influence in her decision to become a Licensed Clinical Counselor with a focus on Imago Therapy
Years of work in group settings has informed Hayley’s approach to working in a relational paradigm to uncover behavior patterns and access feedback in a supportive, empathic context. Safety allows for the emergence of honesty, vulnerability and self-awareness.
Overcoming Anxiety and Depression
Hayley is experienced with clients who suffer from anxiety and depression, as well as other presenting symptoms which preclude healthy functioning in the predominant dimensions of life. She uses psychodynamic modalities to work with her clients’ anxious and/or depressive symptoms.
Previous to her work at The Imago Center, Hayley worked in management with a variety of National and Local businesses. Hayley completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She has more than a decade of experience with 12 Step programs. Hayley and her husband have lived in DC off and on for the last 35 years. Between them they have 5 adult kids.
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