Arin Jayes, LGPC, NCC, CBIS, CTP
Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
National Certified Brain Injury Specialist
Certified Trauma Professional
Arin Jayes is a Maryland Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) and a Certified Trauma Professional (CTP). He obtained his Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The Johns Hopkins University School of Education and he is also a graduate of the LGBT Health Policy and Practice program at The George Washington University.
Arin built his counseling career upon nearly a decade of public service at community mental health organizations, providing vocational rehabilitation and case management services to individuals living with severe mental illness, substance use disorders, and brain injury. These experiences instilled in him an ethic of client self-determination, advocacy, and harm reduction. Arin meets clients where they are by serving as an ally in the therapy process. With kindness as his north star, Arin helps clients prioritize goals in alignment with their values and belief systems.
Arin’s theoretical orientation is grounded in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) with a focus on mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Arin also incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), tailoring techniques to his clients unique needs.
A typical session with Arin is collaborative, psychoeducational, and constructive with a healthy dose of humor. Arin helps clients gain awareness of old patterns that may have helped them in the past but are no longer serving them in the present. Arin supports clients as they accept what is, identify alternative pathways, and commit to change. Informed by the trauma response, Arin teaches clients skills to regulate their nervous system and catalyze their brain’s natural neuroplasticity.
Arin currently works with adults facing complex challenges such as mood disorders, substance use disorders, grief and loss, aging, disabilities and chronic health conditions, social isolation, unemployment, and gender transitions. Arin is a Body Positive, LGBTQIA+ Affirming, Trauma-Informed, BIPOC allied therapist. The foundation of his practice is based on creating a safe, welcoming environment for clients to heal and grow into their authentic selves.