Mark Hayden, PhD
My approach is built on a foundation of respect, acceptance, and a strong belief in every person’s ability to grow and change. I see psychotherapy as a collaborative process in which each intervention is tailored to your needs. You are a unique individual. With 20 years of clinical practice, having competence in a wide range of therapeutic approaches and techniques increases effectiveness. I can treat a broad spectrum of client problems.
I began my career as a staff psychologist at St. Clares Medical Center. I split my time between the outpatient mental health clinic and serving as a consultant to various medical departments. At the mental health clinic I treated individuals with a wide range of difficulties; depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. As a Behavioral Medicine consultant I provided treatment to individuals with various medical problems including cancer, heart disease, lung disorders, diabetes, and chronic pain. Using techniques such as relaxation training, guided imagery, and meditation were paramount to the process. Additionally, I ran bereavement groups for family members of patients who died from various illnesses.
For the last 20 years at the East Orange Veterans Administration Medical Center I focused on the treatment of veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in response to combat, sexual assault, and serious accidents. Treatment approaches include Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure/Emotional Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.
Prolonged Exposure/Emotional Processing Therapy
Individuals who experience a traumatic event often try to cope with the emotionally overwhelming aspects of this event. One may attempt to avoid thinking or talking about their experience. Unfortunately, the traumatic event continues to impact the person via nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive memories, and many other symptoms. Prolonged Exposure/Emotional Processing Therapy is an evidence-based treatment which involves helping clients with the challenging process of talking about their traumatic experiences in detail in a safe and emotionally supportive environment. Consequently, research has shown that this approach can significantly reduce, and in many cases eliminate the symptoms of PTSD.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (ITP)
An evidence based treatment, ITP stresses the importance of personal attachments and ways of interacting with others. Most importantly, we focus on the development and maintenance of various emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, and chronic relationship dissatisfaction. By exploring the details of a person’s interactions with others one can help them develop new ways of relating that contribute to more harmonious relationships and a reduction of emotional distress.