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 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 the past, she has provided crisis assessment in the Emergency Room at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center as well as 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.

Prior to her career in psychology, she worked in Arts Education and, from early in life, has identified as an Artist. The art has taken on various forms from singing and playing guitar in a jazz/blues/rock band to a current love of photography and cooking. She has officially studied painting, pottery and piano, and with that, has been a part of various collaborative studios, artistic collaborations, exhibits and competitions over the years. Dr. Hayden has been meditating for over 25 years and she tries to squeeze in as many hikes around the Bay Area in the off hours as is possible.

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, 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.

Special interests: Stress, Stress Reactivity, Psychoanalytic Theory, Neuropsychoanalysis,  Expressive Art Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Social Justice and Advocacy.

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), Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA

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

Bachelor of Arts (BA), English (Cultural Studies), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Studio Art (Painting), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Minor in Psychology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA