My goal as a therapist and trauma specialist is to help those who have unresolved trauma, both small and large, to regain control of their lives. I have extensive training in understanding trauma causes and treatment, including EMDR, an evidence-based and widely used methodology, and Trauma Dynamics, a cutting edge approach that integrates the most current knowledge from across the field. I have advanced certification in NeurOptimal(R) Dynamical Neurofeedback TM, a non-invasive brain training system that promotes self-healing.
Alexandria Hayes, MA, LPC, NCC – Therapist and Trauma Specialist
The Impact of Trauma
Traumatic experience does not always translate into a dysfunctional cycle. When we can resolve the experience – find safety, comfort, and meaning afterwards – trauma does not result in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
However, if we aren’t able to process our experience – and particularly if it occurs repeatedly, such as with childhood abuse – PTSD can develop. Without treatment, PTSD can create a cycle that impacts our ability to function well. At its worst, it can be completely debilitating.
The symptoms of PTSD – including anxiety, depression, and addiction – are often mistaken for mental disorders in and of themselves and are treated as such without success. While treating symptoms can be effective in the short term, the trauma must be treated to achieve optimal health in the long term.
M.A., The University of Denver (APA Accredited), Denver CO
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Clinical Counseling and Addictions Specialization
B.B.A.. Loyola College, Baltimore MD
Bachelor of Business Administration
Over 400 hours of post-graduate trauma training, including Basic and Advanced EMDR, Trauma Dynamics, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Advanced Certification in NeurOptimal(R) Dynamical Neurofeedback TM.
American Counseling Association
Colorado Counseling Association