Dr. Nicholas H.S. Higgins

Most people come into therapy because of some sort of emotional crisis: depression, anxiety, interpersonal problems, family problems, or some other area of difficulty. My immediate task is to understand what is going on, to convey this understanding to the patient, and to suggest ways to help improve the situation. For many of my patients, a short course of psychotherapy is enough to help them recover a sense of competency in their lives.

I am by interest and choice a depth psychologist. I have been trained in psychodynamic and Jungian psychotherapeutic approaches. I have deep respect for the dynamic unconscious processes that shape peoples lives. From this perspective, psychological symptoms can be imagined as a reminder of something important not attended to in our conscious lives. Symptoms have a vital role in supplying information that helps in providing a wider range of choices for one’s life.

Evidence is growing for the efficacy of depth psychological approaches. Numerous research studies show that psychodynamic psychotherapy has a more profound impact than cognitive or behavioral approaches, that its effects last over time, and that patients continue to improve after the therapy ends.

In my research as a depth psychologist I am interested in discovering what works for my patients.  In this sense I am evidence based and integrate into my work those therapeutic approaches which demonstrate efficacy in helping people improve their lives. In addition to providing individual psychotherapy, I have created three specialized programs which may be useful to certain patients. These programs include the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management for more intensive help with anxiety and depression; PsicoDiagnostico for psychological diagnosis and assessment of the personality; and The Day Recovery Program for issues of addiction and personality disorders.