About Patricia Riggs

I am a licensed independent clinical social worker specializing in health and wellness, end of life care, grief and loss, and caregiver stress. I practice from a psychodynamic perspective, incorporating mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mind/body techniques into the treatment. My primary modality is use of Internal Family Systems as an effective and efficient method for addressing many different concerns. Psychotherapy is a collaborative process. My style is active and engaged, with a focus on your goals. Our work together is meant to support interpersonal growth and the resolution of conflicts.

In addition to clinical work, I also provide supervision and consultation to Boston University graduate students and Smith College post-graduate participants in the Palliative Care and End of Life Certificate Program.


Center for Self Leadership ~ Internal Family Systems, Level 2 (Addictions and Eating Disorders), November 2018 Center for Self Leadership ~ Internal Family Systems, Level 1, March 2018
Smith College School for Social Work ~ Certification in Advanced Clinical Supervision, 2012
Boston University ~ Master of Social Work, 1991
California State University at Long Beach ~ Bachelor of Social Work, 1987

Professional Memberships

National Association of Social Workers


Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, since 1993