About Dr. Higgins  imageAbout Dr. Higgins  imageAbout Dr. Higgins  image
Great to meet you! I look forward to helping guide and empower clients to feel better and make healthy changes in their lives that are in line with their most important values.

I'm an empathic listener offering you a safe sounding board and nurturing validation. I can help guide and motivate you to use coping skills to feel better and make any necessary changes to improve your life. Often, therapy can help you tap into your own inner wisdom and ability to grow and heal. CBT, ACT, DBT, and Positive Psychology are my main therapeutic approaches. I have more than 20 years of experience providing compassionate client-centered counseling and have recently integrated some somatic (body-based) therapy approaches into these. I have some training in EMDR, EFT, and more.

My therapy techniques involve flexibility, cooperation and collaboration. I can offer different things depending on your preferences and styles. Mainly, I hope that you feel empowered, more hopeful, and better equipped to manage life's ups and downs after each session. Cognitive behavioral therapy often involves learning to identify, then reframe your thoughts, feelings and actions / reactions to be more in line with your values and well-being.

Clients in counseling can expect to gain hope, validation of feelings, change core negative beliefs, take actions to improve positive coping skills to improve moods & functioning. Specific, measurable, achievable, and timely (SMART) goals are collaborative. You may learn to practice calming ways to relax, increase self-esteem, match your actions with your values, & use daily mindfulness techniques.

If you would like to verify private medical insurance coverage prior to appointments and set up credit card profile for copayments, please go to Headway Provider portal. Please verify that Headway can process your insurance with me at provider info & insurance verification.  Most Telehealth and in-person appointments, consents, releases of information, electronic health records, and any homework assignments for reading or journaling will be maintained using Simple Practice patient portal.

*I am not accepting any new psychological evaluation / testing appointments until 2024. Also, I do not have any in-person appointments available at this time, and only limited hours for new telehealth patients. I can only accept CA clients for therapy as I am licensed in CA.

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Office Address:
1140 Railroad Street, Paso Robles, CA, 93446 USA
(805) 237-0993 - Shared Office Fax at Paso Robles Counseling & Therapy