About Dawn Wiggins, Ed.S., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Vision

My core belief is that there is a solution to every problem.  The solutions I offer will help you embrace this belief and apply it in your daily life.  Together, our mission is for you to come to know and believe that you and your relationships can heal.

How many of us have felt alone, isolated, like an outsider, even in our own families? 

The vision that led me down the path of becoming a psychotherapist was our unwavering belief in the possibility of change.  I can relate to your pain; I too have had struggles and heartache – emotional and physical.  Because I committed to practicing what I teach, I know that your success is inevitable if you choose to practice too.

Whether through individual psychotherapy, marriage counseling, couples counseling, group counseling or family counseling, I feel driven to help you heal those feelings of anxiety, create intimacy, restore relationships and build self esteem.

Dawn Wiggins, Ed.S., LMFT

headshot Dawn Wiggins, Dawn Wiggins Therapy in Boca Raton, FloridaI am the founder and owner of Dawn Wiggins Therapy and Help Towards Hope. I knew I wanted to be a psychotherapist at the age of 12. I can distinctly recall making this decision, at a time when my parents first separated. This watershed moment ultimately led me to earn my master’s and specialist degree from the University of Florida, specializing in marriage and family therapy – a systems approach.  I was attracted to this approach because it taught the philosophy that when one part of a system changes, the entire system is changed.

Working in the field since 1998, I have seen many struggles that I feel could have been addressed and resolved with earlier intervention and treatment. Families are in a constant state of change. Children grow up, marriages evolve, career paths adjust, people get sick or die, and staying grounded during these changes can be challenging
for any family or individual. When even one member of a family comes in for help, the entire family can benefit.

Family therapy and marriage therapy are core elements of my practice, but addiction is also a condition I have had great success in treating. I especially enjoy working with Adult Children of Addicts as well as loved ones and family members of addicts (this is commonly called codependency).  When a person or family get to that point where they realize they need help, want help and are ready to change — there is hope. No therapist can make the initial choice for them. They have to have some skin in the game; they have to start making those empowered choices and owning their growth process.

My personal experience with a chronic illness allows for special empathy and compassion for those who experience chronic illnesses or pain. My own story is one of perseverance, insistence on hope and a reliance on a spiritual practice. Chronic pain; emotional or physical can test patients and their families beyond measure, complicate their lives and get in the way of reaching their goals educationally, socially, professionally, and mentally. I understand and can relate to the
challenges of emotional and physical pain, and can instruct and empower patients who may feel their lives will never have a semblance of normalcy.

I consider my approach to therapy as very holistic. I subscribe to the idea that mind, body and soul are connected. I have found that patients who have some sense of spirituality, those believing in a higher power of any kind, show the increased success in overcoming their struggles.

My work is with adolescents, individuals, couples, and groups.  I have done extensive work with addiction recovery for families and other problems such as anxiety, depression and codependency. I enjoy working with adolescents and adults in the GLBTQ community.  I am intuitive, direct and adept at quickly understanding the problem at hand which promotes trust and understanding between myself and my clients.

Myself, my husband and daughter live and work in South Florida.  I have been a relationship columnist, writer, workshop facilitator and national speaker. I also provide HIPPA compliant video therapy to clients anywhere in Florida. Learn more about me in the video below:

 

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