Alexandria Hayes, MA, LPC, NCC – Therapist and Trauma Specialist

Alexandria HayesAre you struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, panic attacks, nightmares, or other disturbances that are impacting your quality of life? If so, our work together could relieve these trauma symptoms and help you achieve contentment in your life.

Therapy is my passion and my focus is on helping those with high stress experiences – childhood trauma, accidents, combat, natural disasters, crime, and more – overcome the aftereffects to reclaim, or claim for the first time, their true selves.

I have extensive training in a number of trauma treatment modalities, including Basic and Advanced EMDR, the Comprehensive Resource ModelTrauma Dynamics, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I also have Advanced Certification in NeurOptimal(R) Dynamical Neurofeedback.

Contact Me

If you are seeking a new direction for your life, please contact me. I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and to discuss how we might work together to help you set a new course. Call or email now to schedule a complimentary 20-minute consultation:

Phone/text: 720-588-3639
Fax: 720-662-7621
email: alex [at] lab-inst [dot] com

***** PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL OR TEXT CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION *****

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Ernest Hemingway’s short story, “Soldier’s Home,” impressed upon me the life-transforming effects of traumatic experience and ignited my passion to help those whose lives have been impacted by high stress events. My first counseling assignment was at the county jail, where I observed a cycle of trauma. The trauma inmates had perpetrated on others was what they had known from a lifetime of having been perpetrated on themselves. My next assignment, at a community mental health center, introduced me to many more who struggled with daily life as a result of having suffered unresolved trauma. They, too, were caught in a cycle.

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.

Anyone can develop PTSD as the result of unresolved trauma. Those particularly at risk include:

  • Accident survivors
  • Natural disaster survivors
  • Crime victims
  • Abuse victims
  • Veterans (combat and noncombat)
  • First responders
  • Health care workers
  • Surgical patients
  • Cancer patients
  • Suicide survivors
  • Parents who have lost children

Treatment of PTSD

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.

Common PTSD symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Attention issues
  • Cognitive problems
  • Obsessions/compulsions
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Disturbing thoughts
  • Low self-esteem

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 the Comprehensive Resource Model, a cutting edge approach that integrates the most current knowledge from across the field. I have advanced certification in NeurOptimal(R) Dynamical Neurofeedback, a non-invasive brain training system that promotes self-healing.

Military Service Members and Veterans

Provider GAH LogoIf you are an active duty service member or veteran, you can get counseling for you and your family members at no cost through Give An HourTherapist volunteers agree to donate an hour a week for at least a year to provide therapy to anyone who is eligible. To learn more, contact me or download information about this and other Veterans Support Organizations.

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Trauma Dynamics: Treatment for Complex PTSD

Education   

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

Advanced Training
Over 500 hours of post-graduate trauma training, including Basic and Advanced EMDR, the Comprehensive Resource ModelTrauma Dynamics, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Advanced Certification in NeurOptimal(R) Dynamical Neurofeedback TM.

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • Colorado Counseling Association

Contact Me

If you are experiencing any – or many – of the above symptoms, if your life feels out of control, if you wake up dreading another day, please contact me. I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and to discuss how we might work together to help you reclaim (or claim for the first time) the real you underneath your symptoms. The first step towards a happier, healthier life is only a phone call away…

Phone/text: 720-588-3639
Fax: 720-662-7621
email: alex [at] lab-inst [dot] com

***** PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL OR TEXT CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION *****

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