David Hayden

David Hayden (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Connecting is one of our deepest needs, it's written into our very neurobiology. Come find a therapy that is attachment and somatic centered

Client Status

accepting clients



5514 SE Foster Rd

Portland, 97206

At a Glance


Rate: $120-$150

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2016

Languages: English

Faith: Buddhism, Multifaith


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • MODA
  • PacificSource

My Ideal Client

Connecting is something that we are built to want, but either past experiences or current relationships don't seem to measure up. I specialize in working with clients who are seeking a space to understand themselves and their connections in a deeper way. I also work with clients who are struggling with trauma, specially trauma that has come from their time within religion.

My Approach to Helping

I work from an attachment lens, blending my training in Somatic Experiencing, with Emotionally Focused Therapy and EMDR. It is through this lens that we find healing and hope, as well as recovery of our birthright of interconnectivity. I specialize in working with attachment wounding, early childhood trauma and trauma that comes from religion. I am passionate about healing from an interpersonal neurobiology standpoint, and believe that our bodies, not our conscious minds keeps the score of our past wounds. In addition to prioritizing the relationship between myself and you, I also offer a space that does not pathologize non ordinary states of consciousness, like psychedelics, and work actively with clients to create a treatment structure that meets you where you are at.

Techniques I Use


  • Attachment Theory External link

    I specialize in attachment theory, which looks at how our early childhood experiences have shaped our understanding of ourselves and our close relationships.

  • EMDR External link

    I have been trained in and certified in levels one and two of EMDR. EMDR is a blended therapy approach that seeks to treat trauma, depression and anxiety through the reorganization of memory via eye movements.

  • Somatic Therapy (Body Centered) External link

    I practice and have been trained in Somatic Experiencing. This approach views treatment, via working with the nervous system and I have personalized this orientation to also prioritize an individual's attachment style.

Issues I Treat


  • Codependency External link

    Getting what we want from relationships is not always an easy task. When we are coming from a place of codependency, we may be engaging in a pattern that doesn't allow us to address, or even feel the boundaries we may desire in a relationship. Or we may be in a pattern where we do know what we want, but we feel unable to express it. By working directly with your central nervous system, while offering a safe and compassionate space, we will work together to identify what your needs are.

  • PTSD External link

    Whether coming from difficult family background to having events that simply felt "too much, too fast" for our bodies trauma can play a profound role in our mental health, as well as our interpersonal relationships. I work with clients to process, grow and build a more integrated understanding of themselves and their past.

  • Men's Issues External link

    Men encounter a host of issues within our current culture, from intense depression to complex relational struggles. I work with men to begin to build a more integrated understanding of themselves, outside of the "traditional" cognitive framework so many men have been indoctrinated into.

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