Elizabeth Hays-Lohrey

Licensed Psychologist, PSY 18727
Phone: 925-372-6630, ext. 22

"I believe we all have the ability to transform our lives to become the person we most deeply desire to be."

As a therapist, I guide people to recognize and overcome the thoughts, beliefs and assumptions that undermine their daily lives. I work with clients who have survived trauma, so they can transcend the past. I treat those who struggle with anxiety and depression and feel thwarted in their ability to connect with those they love.

As I sit with my clients, we work jointly to create an awareness of who they are, where they wish to be, and how best to achieve their goals. Together, my clients and I discover, expand, and strategize ways to reconnect with the internal resources and external supports they need. Our work enables the client to leave self-defeating and destructive habits behind while developing strategies to take control of their lives.

Areas of therapeutic specialization include:

  • trauma
  • relationships
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • anger management
  • substance abuse
  • phobias

Just as each client is unique, each therapy is uniquely designed to meet the needs and desires of the individual. In my practice, I use a variety of therapeutic approaches:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Insight Oriented Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Mindfulness

I also conduct both psychological and neuropsychological evaluations as time permits.

Dr. Hays-Lohrey has been working in the field of clinical psychology for over 20 years. She has acted as a facilitator in parenting groups, served as a counselor and group leader in drug and alcohol residential treatment centers in San Francisco and Oakland, and conducted psychological assessments for Contra Costa County. She is currently in private practice in Martinez, California.

Training:

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology:
    John F. Kennedy University
  • MA in Clinical Psychology:
    New College of San Francisco
  • BA in Philosophy:
    University of California, Berkeley

"It is an unparalleled honor to be with my clients as they confront their fears, acknowledge their needs and accept their inestimable value, while displaying the great courage it takes to face those things that demoralize and undermine their capacity to live the lives they want."

Mishka

Mishka, my nine-year-old Standard Poodle, is a valued part of my practice. Her participation in the therapeutic process varies from dozing quietly in a corner of the room, to providing a gentle and accepting presence as she curls up on the couch beside the client. Mishka’s fur is hypo-allergenic and her personality is sensitive and unobtrusive (unless you bring treats!).