Gwen Hayes

(LICSW)

About Me

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 to help them craft their own wellness goals around these. My work is client-centered, meaning I am flexible in my approach based on the needs of the individual I am working with. I enjoy collaborating with clients and view myself as a guide in the healing process. While my education background is in social work, I often bring neuroscience into my therapeutic work by looking at brain-body connection and experiential learning. I use this to empower clients by building their understanding of how their own mind and physiology work, as well as developing tools for connecting with and shaping their internal landscape. I also help clients investigate external factors (such as their habits, relationships, and physical environment) that may be impacting their mental health. I frequently engage in my own continuing education and aim to bring the most current practices into my work with clients. I personally value social justice and believe everyone deserves access to the best quality treatment. I also subscribe to positive psychology. I believe that mental wellness isn’t just about alleviating negative symptoms. It is about thriving and finding a sense of purpose in life. I hold the view that every life contains experiences of trauma, whether big or small, and I am sensitive to these by approaching every case in a trauma-informed way.

I hold a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Maine, and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Clark University. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the state of Vermont and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). In the eight years I've spent in the field of mental health, I have worked in wilderness therapy, residential treatment, home and community treatment, school social work, parent coaching, and case management. I have experience in individual, group, and family therapy. My strengths are in working with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, ADHD and executive functioning challenges, struggles related to adoption, grief and loss, trauma, identity challenges, oppositional behaviors, and addictive habits such as problematic substance or videogame use.

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


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • ADHD
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 4

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LICSW #089.0128636 (Expires: 2022-01-31)


Reviews

Written by G.A. on Oct 23, 2020 after counseling with Gwen for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

Very understanding of my situation and has so many skills that could only come from her and her super cool diverse background and training. A great counselor and a great match.

Written by J.A. on Oct 13, 2020 after counseling with Gwen for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, coping with life changes, and adhd

Gwen is great. She gives me the space I need to come back and pick up where we left off. I always feel a weight lifted after speaking with her.