Claudia  Higgins
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Claudia Higgins


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Florida Accepting Online
Updated May 23, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Couples counseling
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Substance abuse
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Claudia Higgins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Lake Worth, FL. She works with teenagers, young adults, adults, and couples. Many of Mrs. Higgins’s clients come in when they are struggling with personal, relational, or professional issues. Primarily she address' anxiety, depressive symptoms, family of origin issues, domestic violence, grief and loss, traumas, substance abuse maintenance or self-esteem areas of concern. Clients have the option to intertwine a faith-based perspective alongside clinical techniques and tools. Mrs. Higgins is particularly passionate about serving the adult population as well as couples. Mrs. Higgins also has advanced training in the area of trauma, children and family issues.

Mrs. Higgins utilizes several evidenced-based treatments when working with clients to develop their self-determination, empowerment while improving their insight, judgment, and perception. In session, Mrs. Higgins uses a strength-based client-centered approach, instead of focusing on the person’s diagnosis, disabilities or deficits, the clinician hone in on a person’s focuses on their strengths, interests, resources, and capabilities. It allows the client to see themselves at their best in order to see their own value and promote their own well-being. Mrs. Higgins’ style is eclectic, holistic and empowering. Mrs. Higgins is dedicated to providing a relationship that is professional, intimate, empowering, respectful and trustworthy.

Mrs. Higgins received her Master’s in social work and Bachelor’s in social work and criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University with a focus on children and families. She gained experience in the school setting, community mental health, substance abuse/recovery agencies and the criminal justice system. She has sat on several paneled discussions throughout the state of Florida and has facilitated several mental health, substance abuse and couples’ groups which enables her to serve several populations for over 28 years. Her office offers telehealth sessions at this time.

Message to clients

Hello! I appreciate you for undertaking this essential step in your wellbeing. I know it can be nerve-wracking meeting a new therapist, so I applaud you! As your potential therapist, my goal is to offer an inviting place where every single part of you is welcome, even the parts that are uncomfortable to share. If this is your first time in therapy, welcome! I understand that talking to someone you do not know about things that make you uncomfortable, sad, angry, overjoyed, or embarrassed — but I would like to reassure you that this process is here to help you grow.

My goal as your therapist is to maintain a space of positivity, growth, and healing. It is imperative that I maintain a judgment-free space, that is challenging but comforting, and a process that is enlightening as well as retrospective. Try to be open with your therapist about your experience as it unfolds. If it is not the experience you were hoping to have, I hope you advocate for yourself and seek support elsewhere if no remedy is made.

For those who are re-starting therapy, welcome back! I am glad that you have returned to therapy to continue your personal growth. Therapy will be difficult sometimes and at other times the most enjoyable part of your week. I encourage you to allow yourself to experience any emotion or thought freely. My hope is that every client journeys along their therapeutic path with a renewed sense of understanding and self-appreciation.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients


  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Cigna
  • Multiplan or PHCS
  • Optum
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $175 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $150 - $175
  • Initial session: $175 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $200 (60min)
  • Family sessions: $250 (90min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

Cancelation Policy:

Kindly call within 24 hours of your scheduled session to cancel or reschedule in order to avoid a cancelation fee of $100.


Online Sessions (Florida)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-7:30pm
  • Tue 8:00am-7:30pm
  • Wed 8:00am-7:30pm
  • Thu 8:00am-7:30pm
  • Fri 8:00am-7:30pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 12 years

Higgins Counseling Services, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 2012 - Present
Community Partners of South Florida, Community Mental Health, 2018 - 2021
Eden Recovery, Substance Abuse Therapist/Group Facilitator, 2015 - 2018

Dispute Resolution Center, Certified Supreme Court of Florida Family Mediator, 2021
Florida Atlantic University, MSW, 2011
Florida Atlantic University, BSW, 2005


Florida: SW16962