zg4Dr. Dara Hayden is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area who has been working within the field of psychology for over 15 years. She primarily sees adults for individual psychotherapy in a private practice setting and provides crisis assessment in the Emergency Room at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. She also supervises clinical psychology doctoral students as an Adjunct Faculty member at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), The Wright Institute, and Access Institute for Psychological Services. In her spare time, she has enjoyed contributing to a few NIH-funded health psychology, mindfulness and stress research projects at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.

To ensure the highest level of care, Dr. Dara Hayden maintains several professional memberships and regularly attends courses and conferences in the fields of clinical psychology, mindfulness and compassion-based therapy, integrative medicine, and other areas of interest. She has specialized training in the treatment of stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, life change, relationships, mindfulness, mind-body health and creativity. She has extensive training in the theory and practice of psychodynamic, contemporary psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based, expressive arts, brief and longer term psychotherapies.

Find out more about Dr. Dara Hayden’s Therapy Approach.


Varela Symposium, Upaya Institute and Zen Center, Santa Fe, NM
Mind & Life Summer Research Institute, Prien Am Chiemsee, Germany

Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) & Master of Arts (MA), Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA

Bachelor of Arts (BA), English (Creative Writing), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Studio Art (Painting), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Minor in Psychology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA