Sergio Hayes

(MA, LPC)

About Me

Our lives are filled with multiple layers of successes, failures, problems and solutions. At times, we all need help finding our way and living the life we believe we deserve to live. This is where I can help you, and to give you an idea of how I go about accomplishing that, allow me to present my credentials so that you can decide if I am the right person for the job:

I have a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have worked in the court system for years before I ventured into mental health, which gave me a broader perspective on the needs for mental health services for people with a variety of problems and needs. Furthermore, I have acquired great experience from working with SPMI clients and clients with numerous behavioral issues when I worked with the specialty courts in my district (Mental Health Court, Veterans Court, Drug Court, etc.). After managing the Mental Health Court program for a year as a Program Manager I decided to work at the Methodist Children's home with adolescent trauma victims, which eventually led up to how I specialized in trauma and family counseling. I now have my own practice, in which I work with a multitude of different types of clients.

I am trained in a variety of counseling approaches, but one of my specialties derives from the fact that I am EMDR trained, which is a specific type of trauma counseling used to help people with unresolved trauma move on from the cognitive blocks that prevent them from having the life that they desire. Likewise, I am also a certified MRT provider, which stands for Moral Recognition Therapy, and which is directed towards addressing substance abuse related issues, conduct disorders, and oppositional defiance disorders that may have affected an individual to the point of being involved in the criminal justice system. Motivational interviewing is also one of my strongest counseling approaches being that I am a member of the Crisis Intervention Team as an instructor and trainer of law enforcement officers in the use of Motivational Interviewing when interacting with mentally ill defendants. I also work in private practice, and collaborate with multiple agencies through the country in the attempt to improve multicultural approaches to therapy as a proud Latino mental health professional.

The way that I approach all of my clients is by exploring their needs and creating a plan of action based on the current issues that they want to work on. Through the use of some counseling approaches that I mentioned we can also venture into the root of the current problems to better understand the additional needs that the client may have in order to achieve resolution and/or closure. I am a firm believer in looking at the big picture of any problem that affects a client, and by using a systems approach I like to also help the client identify and recognize how valuable their existing support networks are in their recovery, no matter how extensive or reduced they may seem at first. I am a solution-focused counselor and I believe that is the most effective way to treat both day to day and long term problems.

Hopefully that gives you an insight into my scope of practice, and if this sounds helpful and viable to you, I am absolutely looking forward to working with you and to helping you in your journey towards true recovery!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Anger management
Also experienced in:
Attachment Issues , Body Image , Dissociation , Personality Disorders , Posttraumatic Stress

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 8

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Spanish


Licensing

LPC #7029 (Expires: 2021-06-30)


Reviews

Written by D.O. on Apr 07, 2021 after counseling with Sergio for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Sergio is always warm and inviting, he makes you feel like your speaking with someone who understands you and feels you! I truly feel like I’m talking to a friend — he energy and time investment is unmatched!

Written by J.E. on Mar 01, 2021 after counseling with Sergio for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Sergio so far has been one of the most understanding people i have talked to on this app! A lot of the techniques he’s given me have been the most effective and I’ve been bouncing from therapist to therapist for a while now.

Written by J.A. on Feb 03, 2021 after counseling with Sergio for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

I've only been on this site for a couple of weeks but it's been a great help so far!!

Written by L.U. on Jan 27, 2021 after counseling with Sergio for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Sergio Hayes is very responsive he makes you feel safe and that his there for you. He doesn't make you feel or treats you like a Victim or petty he cares of what you going through. He takes very seriously his job and he gives you solutions. You can trust him and feel free talking to him .

Written by S.A. on Jan 21, 2021 after counseling with Sergio for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Sergio is very understanding and helpful. He listens and respects the opinions. Suggests different techniques that could help. Makes you feel comfortable to open up more. Quite focused on the underlying issues.

Written by C.A. on Jan 19, 2021 after counseling with Sergio for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I really like Sergio action-deiven methods. He has given me simple exercices that help me navigate difficult situations.

Written by H.A. on Dec 30, 2020 after counseling with Sergio for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

I’ve been having a very positive experience with Sergio so far! The exercises and worksheets he recommends are always helpful and he responds to messages in a timely manner. I’ve done a lot of EMDR with him and had great results. If you’ve experienced significant trauma of some kind, I highly recommend both Sergio and EMDR. Thanks for your support, Sergio!

Written by M.O. on Nov 05, 2020 after counseling with Sergio for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and anger management

I have to say that Mr.Sergio Hayes in expert in his field.he takes good care of his patient n deal with all his concerns.

Written by C.A. on Oct 30, 2020 after counseling with Sergio for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and career difficulties

El es muy bueno en su trabajo, lo recomiendo. Estoy satisfecha con el mea ayudado.

Written by Z.U. on Oct 29, 2020 after counseling with Sergio for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Very caring counselor who has effective methods of helping.

Written by R.Y. on Oct 26, 2020 after counseling with Sergio for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

I’ve only seen Sergio once, but from our first conversation he was very quick to recommend stuff to implement for my specific situation.