“Like wildflowers; You must allow yourself to grow in all the places
people thought you never would.”
Amanda Wiggins, MS, LGMFT
University of Maryland, Couple and Family Therapy Program
Working with children, teens, adults and families through stressors such as life transitions, emotional and behavioral concerns, anxiety, depression, separation and divorce, blended families, parent child relationships, as well as identity, personal, and relational growth and with LGBTQIA+ populations.
Throughout my undergraduate and graduate career I have been fortunate enough to work in a wide variety of clinical mental health, research, and academic settings to enrich my therapy style and my own personal growth. These settings have included the University of Maryland’s Center for Healthy Families, the Divorce Recovery Agency, three clinical research labs focusing on youth mental health; The Child Cognition Lab (University of Arizona), Psychology, Policy, Law Lab (University of Arizona), and Child Stress and Emotions Lab (UMD), as well as Tucson’s Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids in Arizona. Throughout my graduate training, I worked as a full time graduate assistant as both a teaching assistant in the Family Science department and an academic advisor for the Office of Letters and Sciences, where I was able to use my counseling skills in different capacities. All these experiences have highlighted the power of relationships, families, art, nature, and supportive and inclusive communities.
My Therapy Style
I am constantly amazed by the power of play and creative expression, for clients of all ages. In addition to play therapy, art therapy, and experiential techniques from Virginia Satir’s Human Validation Process Model, I draw from therapy modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. My goal as a therapist is to meet clients where they are, and facilitate growth, healing, and change.