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Jay Hafen (LCMHC)

Jay Hafen was born and raised in Utah county, graduating from American Fork High School. He earned a BA in Sociology with minors in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Utah and spent 15 years working with low income families at the Utah State Departmental Workforce Services. He earned his MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Phoenix.

Jay has worked extensively with troubled youth, couples, and adults who deal mostly with anxiety and depression, among other things. With his wife Amy, he has a wonderful family with four beautiful children: Dylan, Isabel, Alexa and Noah. Recently they added an amazing daughter in law, Madison. Because their two oldest children joined their family via adoption, they have a passion for the adoption community and even spent three years as national board members for the Families Supporting Adoption Organization. Because of that, Jay loves using his experience to help adoptive children, parents and birth parents whenever possible.

Jay is also a supporter of the arts. He teaches ballroom dance at Lehi High School and loves participating in community theater. He has choreographed hundreds of dances, including full musical productions such as Oklahoma! and 42nd Street, and he has acted in many productions, including Mamma Mia, Brigadoon, and Into the Woods. Chances are, when he isn’t working to help clients overcome their challenges or spending time with his family, he is dancing, singing, or choreographing a dance routine somewhere.

Types of Therapy

Attachment-based

an approach to therapy that specifically targets those thoughts, feelings, communications, behaviors, and interpersonal exchanges that patients have learned either to suppress and avoid or to amplify and overemphasize because of early attachment experiences.

Existential

is a unique form of psychotherapy that looks to explore difficulties from a philosophical perspective. Focusing on the human condition as a whole, existential therapy highlights our capacities and encourages us to take responsibility for our successes.

Cognitive Behavioural (CBT)

a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel.

Experiential Therapy

is a therapeutic technique that uses expressive tools and activities, such as role-playing or acting, props, arts and crafts, music, animal care, guided imagery, or various forms of recreation to re-enact and re-experience emotional situations from past and recent relationships.

Dialectical (DBT)

is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan to help better treat borderline personality disorder. Since its development, it has also been used for the treatment of other kinds of mental health disorders

Family / Marital

is a form of psychotherapy that supports people in resolving conflicts with their family or problems that exist within a family unit. All members of the family contribute to the dynamic of whether the family is functioning in a healthy or dysfunctional way.

Eclectic

is an open, integrative form of psychotherapy that adapts to the unique needs of each specific client, depending on the problem, the treatment goals, and the person’s expectations and motivation.

Humanistic

is a mental health approach that emphasizes the importance of being your true self in order to lead the most fulfilling life. It’s based on the principle that everyone has their own unique way of looking at the world. This view can impact your choices and actions.

Emotionally Focused (EFT)

is a therapeutic approach based on the premise that emotions are key to identity. According to EFT, emotions are also a guide for individual choice and decision making. This type of therapy assumes that lacking emotional awareness or avoiding unpleasant emotions can cause harm

Relational

Relational therapy, sometimes referred to as relational-cultural therapy, is a therapeutic approach based on the idea that mutually satisfying relationships with others are necessary for one’s emotional well-being.