Clara Hayes

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist- Associate 

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

Clara Hayes

Clara seeks to help her clients, both individuals and couples, access fulfilling relationships of all kinds through every stage of life. Clara is sex positive, body positive, LGBTQ affirming, and works with both monogamous and non-monogamous relationships. She works from an attachment lens and believes that the need for safe, nurturing relationships extends far beyond childhood. Clara believes that by grounding oneself in their own identity and needs, individuals can better express and access those needs in relationship with others.

 

Clara guides her clients through anxiety, depression, trauma, or other hardship. She firmly believes that reaching out for help is an act of bravery, and is here to meet clients wherever they’re at. 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.

Approach to Counseling

Have you ever found yourself repeating patterns in your relationships, maybe even dating similar people throughout your life, only to find yourself dissatisfied or frustrated?  Our early childhood relationships, traumas, and experiences can impact our relationships into adulthood. Clara takes this into account when helping her clients establish healthier relationship patterns. 

Clara’s caring presence will put you at ease in the therapy room, and create a space where you can explore the emotions you are feeling and open up at a pace that works for you. Our bodies and minds have a continuous dialogue about our emotions. For example, you may have noticed your stomach in knots, tense shoulder pain, or a feeling of numbness when anxious? Clara uses Somatic Therapy techniques to bring awareness to the relationship your body and mind have.

Clara aims to hold a safe space for LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC individuals.

Education and Special Skills

Clara is an Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist- Associate and has her Master's Degree in Counseling from St. Edward's University. 

Clara is studying Emotionally Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Therapy Fees and Availability

Clara works with individuals and people in relationships

50-minute session: $80

80-minute session: $130

Available for sessions in our office and online

Evening sessions available

To schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation with Clara, call the office at 512-994-2588, email us at enhancingintimacyaustin@gmail.com or click here to schedule online.