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Clara Hayes

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist- Associate

Supervised by Claudia Thompson, LMFT-S, LPC-S

Clara sees individuals working through issues of identity, sexuality, attachment, body image, and relationship difficulties. If you are grappling with anxiety or fear about entering a new relationship, feeling dissatisfied with your patterns of relating, or find yourself consistently drawn to a certain "type," Clara is here to help you discover what's true to you.

Clara works with couples and polycules that would like to deepen their sense of connection, their ability to repair from conflict, and form a stronger bond. Even the strongest relationships suffer from periods of distance, past traumas interfering with connection, and recurring patterns that keep us dissatisfied and frustrated. Some reasons relationships come to me might be for affair recovery, sexual issues, communication and conflict resolution, premarital counseling, and managing differences.

In her sex therapy specialty, Clara has experience with desire mismatch, sexual trauma, out of control sexual behaviors (OOCSB) and porn use, erectile issues and premature ejaculation, low libido, navigating asexuality, kink, and more.

Clara's passion for sex therapy is rooted in her belief that pleasure is a human right. Yet, for so many of us, we face continuous obstacles to accessing and living in pleasure—both sexual and non-sexual. No matter what those obstacles look like for you, Clara is here to help. 

Approach to Counseling

Clara uses Emotionally Focused Therapy techniques to deepen your understanding of your emotional experience and the experience of the people who are important to you. With better understanding of how you feel, you can more easily communicate those emotions and what you are needing from your relationships.

 

Clara works through an attachment lens, as the research shows that our early relationships and experiences can inform how we attach to those we love as adults. This means we may not only explore your current hurt, but the root of where that pain comes from. Using Somatic Therapy techniques, you will bring awareness to how the feelings in your body relate to your emotions. Clara integrates mindfulness practices in session to help clients access a sense of safety in their bodies and feel a greater sense of ease in everyday life.

 

Clara is sex positive, LGBTQ affirming, and works with both monogamous and non-monogamous relationships. Clara aims to hold a safe space for LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC individuals. 

 

Clara takes a non-shaming, non-judgmental approach to therapy, and believes that feeling safe with your counselor is integral to your growth.

Education

Clara is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist- Associate with a Master of Arts in Counseling from St. Edward's University​

Therapy Fees and Availability

Clara works with individuals and relationships​

50-minute session: $125

80-minute session: $200

Available for sessions in our office and online

Evening sessions available

***Accepting new clients***

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