Terrence Higgins, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapy in Berkeley, California, 94704

Terrence Higgins, MFT

Terrence Higgins, MFT

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapist - MFC 29811
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 17979
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Office 1
2029 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, California 94704
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Office 2
3237 Sacramento St
San Francisco, California 94115
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Billing and Insurance

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: My sessions generally last a full 60-minute hour. My sliding scale range is from $100 to $180 per one hour session.

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Are you looking for help with some issue involving a relationship? Maybe you would like some new tools for clarifying communications with a partner, a parent, adult child, co-worker, or friend. Or would you like some help getting over a loss? Perhaps you are single, looking for a new approach to relating. I also work with individuals seeking guidance in managing a difficult partner. Because I use proven, research-based methods, many cases reach resolution fairly quickly. Sometimes just a few consultations suffice to get my clients what they need.

I am driven by a commitment to help people get along better. When we are able to really listen to one another, pretty much everyone's story makes sense. This helps us all steer clear of shaming and blaming. In session, we even laugh a little when it seems appropriate. Because we are all different, the help I provide is tailored to each case. I celebrate our diversity. All cultures and lifestyles have always been welcomed in my practice.

Email or Call Terrence Higgins, MFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 17979

More Info About My Practice

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Gottman Method, and Process-Oriented Psychology provide the theoretical core of my practice. Because each case is different, my clients' stated goals and their individual processes guide us more than theory ever can.

A mindfulness meditation practice of forty-five years supports the focus I bring to each session.

I try to meet the needs of my busy clients. To better serve them, I offer hours at three locations: Downtown Berkeley and, in San Francisco, in the Financial District and the Laurel Heights neighborhood.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Couples' communication, crises to partnerships (such as betrayals like infidelity and other deceptions), and healing unresolved grief and early life trauma as they affect present-day relationships are among the issues I have specific training in and over 20 years' experience successfully treating.

My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'

Let us all agree that there are some serious mental disorders. But too often in the practice of therapy, very natural responses to life situations are rendered as disorders. I don't see it that way. How can something be called a "disorder" when nearly all the members of a population react to a type of stress in much the same way? It is not disorder; it is being human and trying to cope with the stressors of living. Let us instead empower people to make better choices. Then let us applaud their courage as they liberate themselves from old patterns.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Mediation

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Couples sick of the same dead-end bickering, individuals involved with difficult partners, singles wanting to make better relationship choices, people at the crossroads of an interpersonal decision, the formerly partnered and getting over the loss, and those on the inward/outward journey to personal authenticity.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Workplace Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy
  • Dreamwork and Dream Analysis
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Holographic Memory Resolution
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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