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Dr. Darlene Viggiano, LMFT

Relationship issues Family conflicts Trauma and abuse Grief Intimacy-related issues
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About me

Darlene Viggiano
Doctor of Philosophy, Marriage and Family Therapist
Darlene Viggiano earned a PhD degree in Psychology from Saybrook University in 2010, having completed a Master’s in Psychology from National University in 1995. She has been an Intensive Outpatient Program clinician, case manager, and clinical lead supervisor at various stages in her career, with her license dating back to 1999.
Throughout her career, Darlene has trained paraprofessionals and students in therapeutic modalities for working with abuse, addiction, and other clinical concerns. Over the span of her practice, she has treated Adults Molested as Children, provided Batterers’ Intervention, worked with Dual Diagnosis, and handled both Infidelity and Perinatal Substance Abuse, as well as facilitating Anger Management, Couples Communication, Hypnosis, and Mindful Movement.
She holds certification in Clinical Hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and early on in her career had earned certification in Duluth Model Batterers’ Intervention. She also has provided presentations and workshops in Jungian and Transpersonal Psychology and has authored two academic books: Dreams and Dream-like Experiences: Their role in spiritual emergence processes, and Carrying On: A workbook for women who’ve lost a pregnancy.
Darlene is a member of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and has been a member of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis as well as the American Psychological Association Division 30 (Hypnosis), from which she won an Early Career Contribution Award.

Professional experience

18yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Infidelity, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Women's Issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Hypnotherapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

License information

CA LMFT 35420


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Darlene Viggiano. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Dr. Viggiano is an exceptional therapist and has taught me things I didn't realize I needed to know... like the difference between judgement and discernment. It is really helpful to know you are being listened to and guided by someone with such wisdom. So grateful, making good progress in my life thanks to her.

Written on Jan 23, 2023 after therapy with Darlene for 5 months on issues concerning coaching

Dr Viggiano has been through every step with me so far. She has given me the confidence to do better and to be a better me. She has checked in with me throughout my trip away from home and responds within a timely manner. I plan on sticking with her throughout my bettering process.

Written on May 31, 2022 after therapy with Darlene for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, and grief

Highly recommended. Her approach makes me feel comfortable to talk about what I am going through.

Written on May 24, 2020 after therapy with Darlene for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue