Dorothy Hayden

Dorothy Hayden, MBA, LCSW, CAC, has enjoyed a long and varied career in the field of mental health over the course of 30 years.

Prior to being a psychotherapist/psychoanalyst, Ms. Hayden worked in Marketing and Public Relations in various corporate and agency settings.

She began her clinical career as a Substance Abuse Counselor and worked in such agencies as Gracie Square Hospital and St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital.  In 1994, she was awarded the certification of “Certified Alcoholism Counselor” (CAC).

For the past 20 years, Ms. Hayden has specialized in the treatment of sex and pornography addiction, as well as the treatment of sexual “deviance”.  The author of “Total Sex Addiction Recovery – A Guide to Therapy”, she has published over 40 articles on her website, and over 130 blog posts about overcoming pornography addiction on

Ms. Hayden is a regular contributing writer for and her articles have appeared on such websites as “PsychCentral”, “Psychology Today”, “Elements of Behavioral Health”, “Compulsive Solutions”, “Treatment4Addictions” and “Self Growth”, among others.

Considered an expert in the field of cybersex addiction and sadomasochism, she has been interviewed by major media outlets such as “20/20”, Anderson Cooper 360” and “HBO”,  “Ricky Lake” and “The Jenny Jones Show”.

Ms. Hayden is a popular New York presenter, having given speeches to various groups such as sex and pornography addiction and treatment, Adult ADD and sexual compulsion, how to achieve sexual fulfillment and relationship satisfaction.  She has also presented in the BDSM community about the psychological dimensions of sadomasochism.

Dorothy holds a MSW in Clinical Social Work from New York University, an MBA in Marketing from Baruch College and has been trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health and the Object Relations Institute.  She received training in Couples Counseling from the Training Institute for Mental Health.

Ms. Hayden lives in Manhattan with “Molly”, her apricot toy poodle.