Hayden Cruz has always had a passion for helping others. This desire to support people in need was influenced by educators who were role models in being thoughtful and attentive to the needs of the students in their classrooms. Hayden began his journey of helping others as a Summer Camp Counselor through the YMCA. His experience as a Summer Camp Counselor reinforced his passion which lead to him pursuing the field of Social Work.
Hayden graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. He went on to obtain his Masters in Social Work through Long Island University- CW Post campus. He has had opportunities to utilize his passion and skills in various settings including counseling programs for adolescents and young adults, behavioral health treatment programs for adults with severe mental illnesses, mental health outpatient programs and health care settings. Hayden has conducted groups with adults and adolescents that focus on anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use and improving socialization skills. He utilizes treatment modalities that focus on cognitive behavioral interventions, mindfulness techniques and utilizing a strengths-based approach to improving one’s emotional well-being. He believes that behavioral health treatment is important to overall health and wellness because there is such a strong connection between one's physical and emotional well-being. Hayden believes it is the responsibility of the mental health practitioner to help facilitate change and support an individual as they unlock their inner potential. Hayden hopes that he can support you in your journey to improving your health & wellness and accomplishing your goals.
As of March 2019 Hayden has successfully completed his certificate program in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Hayden will have completed his studies and training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) come May 2020. Upon completion he will pursue his certification with the Linehan Institute.