About John Michael Hayes

A native of New York City, John Michael Hayes has had a long and varied career as a psychologist and psychoanalyst in the Baltimore-Washington area.

He studied philosophy and classical language as an undergraduate at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC, (B.A. magna cum laude 1971), where he did graduate studies in counseling and psychology, (M.A. 1972; Ph.D. 1977). He completed clinical psychology internships at the Georgetown University Psychological Center (1974-75) and the Devereux Foundation (1975-76). He has been licensed as a psychologist in Maryland since 1978.

Dr. Hayes was clinical psychologist and instructor of medical psychology, Kennedy Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1976-1981. Then he was the psychologist for Montgomery County Maryland’s middle and high school program for emotionally disturbed adolescents 1981-1983. From 1983-2009 he was in full time private practice in Columbia, Maryland, treating children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

Dr. Hayes has always been active in pursuing advanced clinical training. He completed a two-year program at the Washington Gestalt Therapy Institute (1979-1981), did two years of training at the C.G Jung Institute of New York (1994-1996), completed the Advanced Psychotherapy Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry (1998-2001), and graduated from the five-year program at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute (2004-2009).

Dr. Hayes enjoys teaching and training psychiatrists, psychologists, and other psychotherapists and has held several faculty appointments: Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine (since 2005), Core Faculty, Ecumenical Institute of Theology (since 2015), Affiliate Professor of Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University Maryland (1999-2009). He has taught and supervised in several post-graduate training programs: Washington School of Psychiatry (2003-2009), Washington-Baltimore Psychoanalytic Institute (since 2009), and the Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalysis and Christian Theology (since 2014).

For more than thirty years Dr. Hayes has been frequently invited to lecture and present training workshops for psychologists and other mental health professionals. Many of these presentations are listed on this webpage.

He has been a long-term member of the Maryland Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis. He served on the boards of the Washington Society for Jungian Psychology and was president of the Baltimore Society for Psychoanalytic Studies. He was for several years on the executive committee and chair of the ethics board of the Maryland Psychological Association. In 2010 he qualified as a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology with a specialization in Psychoanalysis, and the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis.

In 2009 he accepted a position with the federal government to provide psychological services for employees of the NSA in Kunia, Hawaii. Returning stateside in 2012, he was clinical director of the agency’s counseling service for employees for three years until retiring from federal service in 2015.

Returning to Maryland in 2012 Dr. Hayes also opened a psychotherapy practice in Baltimore. Since 2015 he combines private practice with his part-time position as attending clinical psychologist at The Retreat, a residential psychotherapy program at Sheppard Pratt Hospital.

Dr. Hayes completed a master’s degree in theology in 2014 at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, where he now teaches courses in pastoral psychology and spirituality. In 2017 he completed a two-year program in spiritual direction at the Haden Institute.


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