Dr. Pamela Hays, Soldotna Counseling
Dr. Pamela Hays, Counselor

About Dr. Pamela A. Hays

Dr. Pamela Hays
174 E. Redoubt Ave.
Soldotna , AK 99669

Phone: (907) 262-4403

Dr. Pamela Hays, cross-country skiing in Alaska

Professional Background

As long as I can remember, I've had a passion for learning from people of diverse cultures.  My interests led me to seek work and education in places where I knew I would be challenged by new languages, customs, and beliefs.  My first destination was New Mexico, where I obtained a B.A. in psychology at New Mexico State University.  I completed a year of psychology study at the University of North Wales (U.K.), a certificate in French at La Sorbonne in Paris, a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Hawaii (1983-86), an internship at the Portland V.A. Medical Center (1986-87), and an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship in geriatric psychology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine (1987-88).  During the latter year, I became closely involved with the Vietnamese, Lao, and Cambodian communities of Rochester for a project aimed at addressing needed mental health services.  I also lived in the North African country of Tunisia where I interviewed women about the impact of rapid social changes on their lives. 

After my last relocation, I decided I’d had enough moves for a while and settled into a full-time faculty position in the graduate psychology program at Antioch University in Seattle where I worked for 11 years.  Although I loved my work at Antioch, family and a new relationship lured me back to my hometown in Alaska where I worked part-time for about 10 years with Peninsula Community Health Services and the Kenaitze Tribe’s Nakenu Family Center/Dena’ina Wellness Center.  I served for several years as a Board Member of the Alaska State Psychological Association (AK-PA), and continue to be a member of the American Psychological Association, and the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapists.  Since 2008, I have also seen clients at my private practice in Soldotna. I am grateful to be back in Alaska and to be able to ski and snowshoe in winter, walk the Kasilof beach in summer, and eat my husband’s self-caught salmon all year round.  

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