Kathy Clair-Hayes, Therapist in Boston, Massachusetts — Zencare
Kathy  Clair-Hayes
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Kathy Clair-Hayes


Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Massachusetts Accepting Online
Boston Not Accepting In-person
Updated August 2, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Astrology and psychotherapy
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss and grief
  • Couples counseling
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Kathy Clair-Hayes is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA specializing in grief and loss, life transitions, relationships, and living with depression and/or anxiety. Kathy's practice is unique in that she employs Animal Assisted Therapy with her co-therapist and service dog, Thor, who is present in all her therapy sessions. She finds that Animal Assisted Therapy can be especially effective in relieving her clients' symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Kathy particularly enjoys working with individuals navigating life transitions, such as beginning a new job, starting school, or becoming a parent. She finds helping clients reclaim their strengths and change their narrative about their challenges helps people to leave old ways of behaving and claim new ways to a healthy relationships with oneself and others.

Kathy has over two decades of experience as a medical social worker at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she worked with individuals who have cancer and their families. Her treatment approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Mindfulness Practices, and Supportive Therapy. Kathy works with young adults, adults, couples, and parents. She takes a warm and engaging approach, helping clients embrace their identity beyond a diagnosis and works towards a place of mental and physical well-being.

Message to clients

Thanks for taking the time to learn about my clinical practice and how we can work together. Picking a therapist is a very personal choice. You need to feel that your therapist understands your experience, your challenges and moves you to a new way of seeing yourself and your strengths.

I provide psychotherapy for college aged adults, adults and couples. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss. I provide a non-judgmental, safe, warm and compassionate place to look at the challenges in your life: the depression that is keeping you isolated, the trauma that makes you withdraw and feel alone, the anxiety that won’t let you sleep at night. We will focus on building on your strengths, teaching you a new set of coping skills, and actively witnessing the reworking of your story.

I recently have completed training in how to incorporate astrology and psychotherapy. So for interested clients, we can use your natal chart to build upon your strengths.

Before Covid-19 Thor was an integral part of my psychotherapy practice and was present during all my therapy sessions. Many clients would invite him up on the couch or have him sit close by during a session. It was very common for clients to say that having Thor in the room helped them trust, feel safe, and calm. Thor doesn’t love the video sessions, so he will be with us in spirit.

I look forward to connecting with you!


Astrology and psychotherapy - Looking at a client's birth chart to identify strengths, challenges, and how to best achieve balance in one's life and relationships.

Anxiety - Managing generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, developing new skills to cope with anxious thoughts and thinking traps

Depression - Learning how your depression talks to you (impact on sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated), mindfulness and behavioral activation strategies to help cope with depression, increasing self care

Loss and grief - Understanding the grief process, provide a safe space to feel emotions, increase self care experiences, creating a new understanding of who you are

Couples counseling - Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities

Life transitions - Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Young adults (18-24)


Kathy Clair-Hayes is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $225 (50min)
  • Initial session: $250 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $250 (60min)
  • Couples Initial Assessment: $300 (60min)
  • Astrology Natal Chart Review: $250 (45min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week


Online Sessions (Massachusetts)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 4 pm - 7pm
  • Tue 4 pm - 7 pm
  • Wed 9am - 1 pm
  • Thu 9 am - 1 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 9 am- 1 pm

Boston practice
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 27 years

Private Practice, 2016 - Present
Massachusetts General Hospital, 1995 - 2016

Debra Silverman Applied Astrology School, Level Three completed, 2021
Boston College, MSW, 1995
Boston College, Spirituality, 1995


Massachusetts: 1029561



Client testimonials

"Kathy asked a lot of questions and really listened before going into her practice details."
- Zencare client • February 2021