Brian Hayes

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Brian Hayes
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Brian Hayes

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 108028
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Magellan
  • Optum
Fees: Typical fee is $90 per 50 minute session. A limited number of low-fee appointments are available.
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

4825 J Street
#100
Sacramento, California 95819

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My Approach to Helping

Are you tired of being told “just say no”? Are you tired of being called weak-willed or defective? Have you grown tired of being treated like a problem and not a person? Do you keep drinking or using in spite of the negative ways those habits affect your life? Having counseled people troubled by addiction for the past 10 years, I feel confident that recovery is possible.

When life overwhelms, that drink or hit can seem like a best friend, soothing our anxieties and fears with comforting numbness. Apart from the physical dependence and withdrawal, overcoming addiction means allowing neglected, buried and ignored emotions to come flooding back all at once.
Far too often, we confuse what we do with who we are. Are you an alcoholic, or a person who misuses alcohol? My approach to treating addiction and takes an outside-in and inside-out approach. By outside-in, I mean addressing behavioral and environmental factors. This might mean removing all alcohol and drugs from their hiding places, and surrounding yourself with a supportive sober community.

By inside-out, we will process the deep wounds that made you want to find that comforting numbing agent to begin with. Narrative therapy is an approach to counseling that begins with the premise that you are not the problem; the problem is the problem. Using a narrative approach, we will work together to identify those unique exceptions in which you chose not to use, maintained commitments or lived consistently with your values in spite of the hold of a villain named Addiction.

My approach is nonjudgmental, encouraging and patient. I don’t believe in powerlessness. I believe we all have the strength to change.

More Info About My Practice

While I have a graduate degree and training in clinical psychology, you are the expert when it comes to your lived experience. Yet the problem-laden stories we tell about ourselves can leave out important details that may seem trivial but might point to a new way of examining our lives.

Narrative therapy is an approach to counseling that begins with the premise that you are not the problem; the problem is the problem. The way we see ourselves can be defined by the language that we use. Far too often, we confuse what we do with who we are. Are you an alcoholic, or a person who misuses alcohol? Are you a druggie or someone whose life is being strangled by an addictive substance?

As we begin this collaborative journey, I see my role as a co-author, helping you develop an alternate—yet perhaps truer—personal history so that you may move forward with courage and confidence. My approach does not focus on character defects but on personal strengths.

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    I have a broad range of experience working with individuals to address depression, anxiety and life transitions. My work with couples has included pre-marital counseling, communication issues and overcoming infidelity. Areas of specialization include treating addiction, men's issues, and mid-life transitions.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Men's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
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