Mark Hayden, PhD
My approach is built on the foundation of respect, acceptance, and a strong belief in your ability to grow, even change. Psychotherapy is a collaborative process as each intervention is tailored to you and the care you deserve. I am mindful at all times that you are a unique individual with a unique set of circumstances. My 20 years of clinical practice makes sure of this. Additionally, I am skilled in a wide range of therapeutic approaches
Together, we will increase your effectiveness.
Anxiety, depression, OCD, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and relationship problems; I treat a broad spectrum of complex difficulties. I began my career as a staff psychologist at St. Clare’s Medical Center and balanced intricate psychological and medical struggles between the outpatient mental health clinic and various medical departments. At the mental health clinic I treated individuals with a wide range of complex mental health difficulties which led me to my work at the VA. As a Behavioral Medicine consultant I provided treatment to individuals with various medical ailments including cancer, heart disease, lung disorders, diabetes, and chronic pain. Using techniques such as relaxation training, guided imagery, and meditation were found to be 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 severe anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a response to highly intense events including combat, sexual assault, and serious accidents. Treatment approaches include Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure/Emotional Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.
Treatment Protocols include:
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.