Dr Louise Hayes

Clinical psychologist, academic, author, trainer and speaker

Louise divides her time between writing, training, and clinical work in acceptance, mindfulness and positive therapeutic approaches. She uses effective, science-based processes to help people become stronger and create deeper relationships. Louise has travelled the world training thousands of professionals in therapy and counselling for adolescents and adults. More than anything else, she loves sharing a journey that can help us all understand our humanity.

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Louise Hayes Training

Louise trains professionals in process-based therapies, such as ACT and DNA-V, and their use with young people and adults. She works with clinical settings and schools on the use of acceptance, mindfulness and positive psychology, and regularly provides professionals with supervision and peer support.

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Louise has been involved with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for 20 years. In 2015, Louise and co-author Joseph Ciarrochi developed DNA-V – a framework that focuses on growth and development in adolescents and adults.
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Louise Hayes, author

Louise is co-author of the best-selling books – Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens, The Thriving Adolescent, and Your Life Your Way.

What Makes You Stronger

Change happens – with this new book for adults, co-authored by Louise Hayes, Joseph Ciarrochi and Ann Bailey, you can discover how to face it, and grow stronger in the process. To be released July 1st, 2022.

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See a list of Louise’s academic publications.

What leaders in ACT say about Louise’s work

steven hayes

“DNA-V is one of the most important innovations in ACT in the last several years and is arguably THE most important in work with adolescents. Louise Hayes is a master of that model and there is no one on the planet who is better at explaining it, and teaching and modelling the skills needed to use it. Louise is a worldwide treasure. I can highly recommend her training and if you attend one of them I predict you will soon feel the same way.”

– Steven C. Hayes, co-founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, professor of psychology, University of Nevada. stevenchayes.com

robyn walser

“The Coolest Evidence-Based Therapy Intervention for Teens: DNA-V! The DNA-V model unites a unique set of empirically supported processes found in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology to support growth and positive development. If I were to create a list of the top 5 coolest evidence-based therapy interventions designed to help teens succeed, the DNA-V model – discovery, noticing, advising, and values would be number 1 on the list! It is a must for any therapist working with teens.”

Robyn D. Walser PhD, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy author and trainer. tlconsultationservices.com

kelly wilson

“SIMPLY THE BEST: Louise Hayes’ work on ACT with adolescents is simply the best. If you are in Australia, you should make the trek to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, or Adelaide. Get yourself registered. Louise’s developmental approach to ACT is groundbreaking. And, PS…get the book!”

Kelly G. Wilson, co-founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and professor, University of Mississippi. onelifellc.com

Louise’s passion projects

Taking professionals into the Himalaya on a mindful adventure (postponed due to Covid – back in 2023, we hope).

Teaching Buddhist meditation and maintaining her own practice.

Working for our not-for-profit, the Pearl Lotus Fund, which helps kids in remote communities of Nepal.

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