MIKE HAYS, MSW, LCSW

Coping with problems, grief, confusion, change – all of these can be difficult to do alone. Sometimes it can all be too much to sort out. Counseling is a great place to resolve life issues. If alcohol, drugs, or other compulsive and/or codependent issues are part of the problem, as a recovering person myself, I can help with those too.

I have been a clinical social worker for over 30 years now in a variety of health and behavioral care settings. I’ve worked in hospitals, nursing homes, hospice and home health, substance use treatment programs, community mental health, and telehealth. Helping people adjust to an illness, deal with a mental health crisis, or resolve old trauma and pain are all issues with which I am familiar.

I also have two certifications in case management (CCM and ACM-SW) and have worked extensively with people needing to rearrange their life after loss, disability, rehabilitation (both mental and physical), retirement, divorce, and other major life changes.  LGBTQIA+ affirming.

Education:

Bachelor’s in Psychology from California State University, Northridge

Master’s in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach

Master’s in Healthcare Administration from University of Washington

Specialties: 

Treatment for anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, chronic medical and mental illnesses, co-occurring disorders (mixed mental health and substance use disorders), depression, geriatric care, grief/loss, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQIA+ issues, disabilities, schizophrenia, and trauma.

Mike Hays LCSW