H'Sien Hayward, Psychologist

H'Sien Hayward, PhD

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Welcome! I am an experienced psychologist who is dedicated to working with adults and couples in their struggles with anxiety, mood disorders, trauma/PTSD, grief, life transitions, and relationship issues, among other mental health concerns.

I am a licensed psychologist who works with adult individuals and couples across the State of California. I have extensive experience using evidence-based treatments, including CBT, ACT, and DBT, with a wide range of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD, grief, stress reduction, life transitions, and relationship issues. I am committed to respecting the worth of all persons, including those with differing abilities, races/ethnicities, gender identities, and the LGBTQIA+ community.

My work with couples facilitates greater intimacy, builds trust, and improves communication. This work is rooted in the science of attachment, and I use gold standard treatments to enable fundamentally different ways of relating to one another, thereby removing relationship roadblocks and transforming conflict into deeper connection.

While completing my doctorate in psychology at Harvard University, I conducted research focused on the science of happiness and posttraumatic growth. These bodies of knowledge inform my practice today. I then completed a postdoctoral respecialization at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, CA, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University Medical School. Both of these experiences afforded me further opportunities to invest deeply in learning the latest scientific research on effective psychotherapy, ensuring that my work with you will consist of the best practices in the field.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • ADHD
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Career
  • Chronic Illness
  • Depression
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Family Conflict
  • Fertility, Pregnancy & Postpartum
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief & Loss
  • Life Coaching
  • Medical Adversity & Disability
  • Men's Issues
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Pet Loss
  • Phobias & Fears
  • Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
  • Relationships
  • School Performance
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Identity
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spirituality
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Suicide Loss
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Complementary Or Alternative Medicine
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Community Specialties

  • Cancer Survivors
  • Health At Every Size (HAES)
  • Immunodisorders
  • Lgbtqia+
  • People With Disabilities
  • Single Parents
  • Trauma Survivors
  • Veterans

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
Sliding Scale
Pay By
Health Savings Account (HSA), Credit Card, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
License #
Professional Association(s)
Membership Type
American Psychological Association
Association for Psychological Science
California Psychological Association
Graduate School(s)
Year Graduated
Harvard University