Drew Wiggins

Seeking therapy for yourself or your child/family can be complex and multi-layered, so finding a therapist you connect with is essential. I work interactively and collaboratively to support you at your pace while helping you move toward the fullest expression of the life you wish to lead. I provide a safe holding environment where the changes you hope for can occur. The therapeutic relationship is the backdrop for investigation and integration, with openness, curiosity, and tenderness. With greater awareness and non-judgement, your capacity for self-acceptance expands. Ultimately this extends out to others in your life and propels you into a more satisfying and harmonious existence.

My passion for clinical work stems from a deep reverence for human beings’ immense capacity to endure and grow despite unimaginable hardship. I aim to embody authenticity, humor, and generosity throughout my work with my clients. My work focuses on supporting individuals to build stronger relationships with themselves and the world around them, develop an awareness of their strengths and contributions, and achieve meaning as they define and work towards a life worth living. I firmly believe that a successful therapy treatment comes from awareness, connection to mind, body, and spirit, and the ability to navigate the complex and often ambiguous problems we engage with throughout our lives

I am currently working on finishing my PhD in child clinical psychology at Wayne State University. I provide both short and long-term therapy and clinical assessment services at Mala Child and Family Institute and Wayne State University’s Psychological Clinic. My clinical interest and specialties include LGBTQ+ affirmative care, childhood and adult trauma, couples/relationship issues, identity development, issues related to gender and sexuality, grief and loss, life changes, and systems change. I enjoy collaborating with my clients to decide on a treatment that best suits their personal needs, goals, strengths, and values.

Drew Wiggins received his bachelor’s degree with academic honors from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and worked as a secondary science teacher for many years in New Haven, Connecticut, before joining his doctoral program. As a doctoral student, Drew focuses his clinical work and research on racial and sexual gender minorities, with an emphasis on male-identifying survivors of sexual victimization. Drew takes an intersectional, gender justice, and systemic equity lens in the hopes of contributing culturally relevant work that can inform future empirical research and clinical interventions for populations historically marginalized and disenfranchised throughout the United States.

Areas of Expertise

  • LGBTQ+ Affirmative Care
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Individual Therapy

Treatment Orientation

Psychodynamic, Relational Cultural, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Humanistic, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Strengths-Based

 

Education

B.S. – University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

M.A. in Clinical Psychology and Trauma – Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Trauma (In Progress) – Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

 

Clinical Work & Training

  • Clinical Peer Specialist
  • Yale University – Population: Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Clinical Intervention Group Support Facilitator
  • MenHealing – Population: Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
    Wayne State University
  • Motivational Interviewing with Trauma-Informed Sexual and Gender Minority Affirmative Care
    Yale University
  • Sexual/Gender Minority Sensitivity
    Yale University
  • Essential Elements of Peer Support & Groups
    Yale University