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

Creating Well-Being: Four Steps to a Happier, Healthier Life  (2014). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. 

Hays's book is one of the best self-help books I have read. She combines solid scholarly research in an easy-to-read language with plenty of doses of humor and examples to illustrate her points. The book combines inspiring narrative with structured exercises grounded in Hays' cognitive behavioral approach to healing and well-bing. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to "create" a daily sense of well-being. Excellent! --Carolyn Kenny

Connecting Across Cultures: The Helper’s Toolkit (2013). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Accessible, and Excellent Content 

 ---a very helpful guide to making connections with diverse clients. It's written by Pamela Hays who is also the author of other excellent multicultural assessment and treatment materials. What I like best is not only the fact that it will help counselors and psychotherapists develop their cultural self-awareness, cultural knowledge, and culturally-oriented therapy skills, but that it's also written in a manner that's very clear and consequently, very accessible. It has many different reflective learning activities and concrete examples focusing on language and behavior that will help contribute the the reader's cultural sensitivity. John Sommers-Flanagan, Amazon review

Excellent addition to the field!  By Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti

I have been a fan of Pamela Hays' work for many years (her ADDRESSING model is a huge contribution to the field of multicultural counseling), and this book follows her other work in being thoughtful, well-organized, and relevant. The vignettes in this book are especially helpful due to their complexity. Instead of creating a situation in which "right" and "wrong" moves are easily seen, these vignettes deal with situations that are more nuanced and call for careful thought before proceeding -- I think this may be especially helpful for many who know the basics of how to interact with dissimilar others in a surface way but might inadvertently make mistakes (sometimes with large consequences) with regard to interacting with them on a deeper level. Would highly recommend this book. 

Addressing Cultural Complexities in Practice: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Therapy (2016, 3rd ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.  

---It's hard to imagine how Pamela Hays could have improved on the first volume of this book. But she has, and with the depth and sophistication of thought about this challenging and timely issue that will delight her readers and raise the level of discourse in psychology about diversity and multiple identities. I have relied on Dr. Hays's work and model for many years and enthusiastically recommend this book to all who work clinically, teach clinicians, and strive to create social justice through the practice of psychology. -- Laura S. Brown, PhD, ABPP, Director, Fremont Community Therapy Project, Seattle

This is an excellent text for the multicultural or practicum course. It is well written, very practical, based on research, and speaks with authority and specificity to important issues in all counseling and therapy. I recommended it highly. -- Alan E. Ivey, EdD, ABPP, Distinguished University Professor (Emeritus), University Of Massachusetts, Amherst

Praise for the First Edition:

... may be the best book yet published for clinicians seeking a practical guide for working with patients across cultural boundaries.--Anthony Marsella, PhD, Professor Emeritus of the University of Hawaii

One of the best books for addressing assessment, diagnosis, and psychotherapy from culturally responsive perspectives. -- Patricia Arredondo, EdD, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Pamela A. Hays has accomplished a way of simultaneously emphasizing the complexities of multicultural lives while simplifying the process of understanding these layered and integrated experiences...Her skill as a teacher comes through clearly...with an approach that is accessible, inspiring, human, practical, and achievable. -- Maria P. P. Root, PhD, Editor of Racially Mixed People in America, and The Multicultural Experience: Racial Borders as the New Frontier.

Iwamasa, G. Y., & Hays, P. A. (Eds).  (2019). Culturally Responsive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (2nd ed.). Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association.

Reviewers' comments:

... a timely book written by a gifted group of researchers and clinicians. This book has tremendous breadth, covering some groups that have received extremely limited attention, including Alaska Natives, Arabs, and Orthodox Jews...The book will be valuable to clinicians and researchers. -- Gordon C. Nagayama, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

Now when therapists ask me in my workshops, "what should we know about delivery of cognitive-behavioral therapy to people of different cultures?" my answer will enthusiastically include a recommendation of this comprehensive guide. --Christine A. Padesky, PhD, author of Mind Over Mood.

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