Annie Higgins completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Connecticut College and her M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology at Northeastern University. Prior to working at Riser+Tread, Annie trained at Walden Behavioral Care in the residential program in Dedham, MA, working with young adults and individuals experiencing eating disorder behaviors and co-occurring disorders. Before entering the mental health field, Annie also worked in client-facing roles at Harvard Business Publishing and Wayfair. Additionally, as a former college athlete, Annie is passionate about sports and incorporates a coaching mentality in her therapeutic relationships to foster open communication, mutual respect, and trust.
Annie fully believes in the mind+body connection, taking a holistic approach to mental health and wellness. The modalities she uses are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Strengths-Based Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. She believes everyone has the ability to take control of their lives by honing in on their strengths to build their self-esteem, confidence, and sense of identity. She also believes in goal setting with her clients to have obtainable objectives to work towards in collaboration with one another.
On a personal note, Annie loves spending her free time with her family and friends. On her days off, you can find her cooking a new recipe, going on a long walk along the Esplanade, trying out new workout classes in Boston, or finding the city's best coffee shop.