Kathy Clair-Hayes is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Jamaica Plain, MA specializing in grief and loss, living with a chronic illness, life transitions, depression, and 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 also has extensive experience and training in supporting those dealing with illness, grief, and loss. She helps individuals deal with a new diagnosis or living with a chronic illness, such as cancer, Lyme Disease, or autoimmune diseases. She also has expertise in helping parents explain a diagnosis to their children and managing the impact of an illness on a family.
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 teenagers, 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.