Vanessa Hays, LMSW, QMHP-R, received her master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University.
Vanessa has over a decade of experience working with individuals facing adverse conditions.
Much of her professional work has focused on providing advocacy and support services to
youth in foster care who are working through trauma, grief, and loss. Additionally, she has held
roles within community organizations that bring awareness to substance misuse and
educational inequities. Her main passion is in serving individuals within low-income and BIPOC
Vanessa works with clients from a trauma-informed, strength-based, and culturally sensitive
approach. Her therapeutic style is guided by Person-Centered Theory with methods from
Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused Brief therapies. Vanessa believes in
supporting and validating clients while holding a safe space for them to serve as the narrator
and decision-makers of their own life. Building and nurturing a therapeutic alliance is essential to
her and she is always appreciative of the privilege to be part of her client’s journey towards
Vanessa values adventure and new experiences. Her favorite things to do are travel, try out new
restaurants/food, and visit theme parks. To decompress, she enjoys listening to music and
spending time at home with her daughter and dogs watching movies in bed.