Dr. Jessica Hayden enjoys working with children and families to assist them in overcoming anxiety, school and educational issues, depression, grief, complex trauma, family conflict, and problem-solving challenges of life. She takes a collaborative, strength-based approach to therapy with the belief that we’re all doing the best we can with the skills that we have.
Dr. Hayden offers individual, group, and family therapy, and tailors therapy to fit the individual needs of her clients. During her sessions, she’ll help you learn valuable skills needed to develop healthy relationships, improve communication, tolerate difficult emotions, cope through difficult life challenges, and identify barriers to living a fulfilling life. It can be a big step to make the decision to go to therapy, and Dr. Hayden’s number one goal is to make you feel comfortable and at ease in the initial sessions by meeting you where you are to collaboratively problem-solve to meet your goals.
Dr. Hayden has received extensive play therapy training from nationally renowned play therapy experts and is working toward becoming a registered play therapist. She is also on 3C’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy team, offering group and individual therapy.
In addition to providing therapeutic services for children and families, Dr. Hayden offers more than 15 years of experience as a school psychologist working in public and charter schools. She is an advocate for families facing challenges associated with the education system and is versed in educational consultation and advocacy.
Dr. Hayden completed her doctorate in school psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a master’s degree in school psychology from East Carolina University, and a bachelor’s degree in human development from Oswego State University of New York.
She received doctoral graduate training at 3C Family Services, Southern Wake Academy, and Central Regional Psychiatric Hospital. She completed her doctoral internship in Rhinebeck, New York, at Astor Services for Children and Families in in-patient residential care and in a community, outpatient mental health clinic.