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    Hayley Entrekin Kast

    Ed.D, LPC

    ProNouns: She/Her

    Life isn’t always easy.  It’s hard to be who you are and sometimes, its confusing because of the messages you receive about who you are supposed to be, who you’re expected to be, and who you feel you are. You’re bombarded by a million questions in your head. You feel uncomfortable with parts of your body.  You’ve noticed you may be interested in the same gender, or in both genders; and you’re confused…”what does this mean? Am I lesbian, Am I bi-sexual”.  You may have done some research on you’re own; and the anxiety you feel is causing you difficulty to function in your day-to-day life. You want to tell your parent’s, your friends, your community, and you’re not certain what to say or how to say.  You’re nervous. You’re looking for a professional who understands and affirms what you know and feel about yourself.

    You may have noticed your interests and social life don’t fit with society’s expectations of the gender you were assigned at birth.  You may be uncertain about your gender identity and feel that you can’t identify with being either male or female.  You may feel that you are both male and female or that you have no gender, which can be referred to as non-binary or agender.  You may have a strong sense of being the opposite gender to the one you were assigned at birth and may feel that you have been in the “wrong body” since early childhood.  For young people who feel distressed about their gender, puberty can be a very difficult and stressful time.  You feel unhappy, lonely and isolated from your peer group.

    If you are coming here, you might realize that life is getting too hard to deal with on your own. You might have had your first panic attack and it was scary. You realize you can’t continue living in a state of worry and anxiety about your relationship, work or how you get along with your family. It’s starting to affect your performance at school, work and with your partner.  Whether you’re a parent seeking an affirming teen therapist, navigating your college experience, a teen seeking support or an anxious professional, Hayley will collaborate with you to make good things happen.

    Hayley is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a specialization in community counseling and supervision  Hayley helps anxious and worried people remain calm and find peace in their lives to feel less overwhelmed. She has worked with the LGBTQIA community for years and has personal lived experience.  She is part of the LGBTQIA community and is well-versed in providing support. Hayley also has experience working with sexual issues and sexual problematic behaviors. 

    Hayley utilizes a combination of therapeutic approaches like walk and talk therapy, narrative, Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), solution-focused, expressive art therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness therapeutic approaches. She uses narrative therapy in a collaborative manner to help her clients reconstruct their own life narrative to find strength in difficult situations like trauma. She uses CBT to help people reconstruct their thoughts in a manner that best serves them and their mental health. Hayley also offers a weekly problematic sexual behaviors group. 

    Some fun facts about Hayley…

    Hayley likes to read.  She enjoys spending time with her family outdoors.

    Now-the qualifications… (important and kind of boring part) –feel free to skip if you already know Hayley is the one you want to help you

    Hayley graduated with her Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University (2004). She graduated from University of West Georgia (2010) with a Specialist in Education Community Counseling (Specialized in Supervision) and haas an Ed.d in Professional Counseling and Supervision.   She obtained her License in Professional Counseling in 2007.  She is experienced in individual and group counseling with adolescents and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, sexuality/gender identity, trauma and life transitions.