David Hayden, MA

Licensed Professional Counselor
Portland OR
I strongly believe that the therapeutic relationship is critical in being able to work with clients. Having a sense of safety and trust, and the ability to communicate openly, is the foundation. Within this relationship I promote a variety of interventions that seek to align themselves with the unique individual process each client brings into therapy. The cultivation of mindfulness skills, the use of somatic intervention and narrative are all critical in being able to cultivate a container that allows for complex issues to be addressed. I deeply value being able to work with members of the LGBTQ communities, as well as those who have had negative experiences in therapy before.
I’ve worked within the mental health field for over seven years, starting my work doing crisis work and suicide prevention before moving towards private practice. My practice focuses on the attachment-oriented counseling, and I see client’s with a variety of presenting concerns from anxiety to complex trauma. Outside of my clinical training I’ve completed a variety of certifications in harm-reduction, trauma-informed treatment, somatic interventions and have begun to do some work with EMDR.