Jean Hayes, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Ph.D. graduate of the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, has over 27 years of professional training and personal development as a Family Therapist and individual, psychodynamic ego psychotherapist. She is an action-method therapist using Psychodrama, Gestalt, and the Client-Therapist relationship to uncover and work through the hurt of childhood wounds. Through this process, Jean helps her clients find their deepest sense of self and inner voice, thereby being able to express their needs, wants, and boundaries with utmost authenticity.
Jean specializes in reconstructing relationships that are troubled, bringing together and working with multi-generational family groups; intervention and long-term recovery from alcohol, drugs, and eating disorder concerns; and developmental issues of aging. Her dissertation research was on long-term weight management and lifestyle change. As a result of her research, she has developed a comprehensive, innovative model for successful treatment for eating disorders. Jean also has expertise in organizational development and has developed and delivered management training programs to employees in organizations such as Levi Strauss, Hewlett-Packard, Memorex, and Miramonte Mental Health Center.
Mentors from whom Jean has learned her craft as a psychotherapist, and to whom she credits for her own personal growth and professional development, include extensive training with Martin Kirschenbaum, Virginia Satir, Carl Whitaker, Daniel Levinson, Dorothy Satten, Stephanie Brown, and her co-directors at the Center for Creative Growth, Linda E. Katz and Jason Saffer, as well as her affiliated colleagues at the Center for Creative Growth.
Jean has also been trained by the John Bradshaw Center in state-of-the-art counseling methods pioneered and popularized by John Bradshaw for the treatment of codependency and other issues.