Elizabeth Hayes, Psy.D, MFT

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  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • 1195 Valencia Street, Suite 4, San Francisco, California, 94110
  • Phone: 415-820-1681
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Finding a therapist that you connect with can be a daunting task. Making connections is one of my strengths. I have the utmost respect for each person seeking therapy and for the therapeutic process itself. Whether you are struggling with loss, anxiety or depression, going through a transition, or looking to better understand your inner world our work can help you achieve new levels of awareness. My style is warm, non-judgmental, and collaborative. We can work together to uncover and understand how your unique individual life experiences shape how you feel and live. Together we can strive to make meaning, increase awareness, connect to your desire, and minimize suffering.

I work with couples and individuals who for a wide-array of reasons are seeking to create change and generate movement in their lives. I enjoy working with both adolescents and adults either individually or in couples treatment.

My education includes a Masters degree in Feminist Psychology from New College and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute. In addition to working with a wide array of individuals and couples in private practice for the past ten years my training includes:

  • Group and individual therapy with adolescents and adults in psychiatric hospitals, juvenile hall, group homes, elementary and middle schools, and day treatment settings.
  • Specialized experience providing psychological assessment and crisis intervention including long-term work on a suicide hotline, providing individual and group therapy to survivors of domestic violence within safe houses, rape crisis education and intervention center, and assessing mental illness and gaining resources for individuals suffering from poverty and homelessness. 
  • Specialized training and ongoing therapeutic work with adults and adolescents struggling with substance use/abuse, dual diagnosis, eating disorders, trauma, and character and mood disorders. 
  • Working with individuals who have been victims of crime including: murder of a loved one, rape and sexual assault,  and other intrusive, painful, and violent violations.
  • Completion of a two-year APIC approved psychoanalytic psychotherapy internship at Access Institute for Psychological Services in San Francisco. 

I am particularly interested in working with individuals and couples who are struggling with feelings of loss and disconnection. These feelings of disconnection and loss often manifest in depression, anxiety, and limited access to a full range of emotion and experience. I love working with artists and creative thinkers who are experiencing symptoms that are stifling their creativity. Additionally, I have an ongoing interest in gender and sexuality and wrote my doctoral dissertation entitled:

“Looking at Transgender Embodiment through a Winnicottian Lens:
An Integrative Literature Review from a Postmodern Feminist Perspective”
as a way to further gain knowledge regarding gender and the intersection of gender and embodiment. I currently work with many transgender adolescents and adults throughout all phases of transition.

For each person who trusts me to do this work I strive to provide a safe and reliable space to explore emotions, motivations, and desires. I will collaborate and work hard with you to generate movement and change within your lives. Often times we have ways of being that were put into place a long time ago and although they are no longer working, we may very well still be unconsciously driven by them. This can make us feel stuck or even out of control of our lived experience. I strive to listen deeply and carefully to each individual, making links between the past and present, to broaden your individual emotional landscape and to help you develop healthier and more useful ways of being. I consider it an honor and a privilege to do the work of therapy with you and appreciate the courage it takes to bravely look inside of yourself and create change. I believe that good therapy can be a powerful and life changing experience.

Dr. Elizabeth Hayes Reaches

San Francisco CA