My name is Dwight Hignite. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have been working in the mental health field since 2009. In my previous career I had many people coming to me for guidance and advice. I soon realized that I didn’t have all the tools I needed to truly help them, so I enrolled in the graduate program at John Brown University in 2008. I soon found that counseling was my passion. A year later I started as a mental health paraprofessional at a local mental health agency. I worked for that agency until June of 2021. During my time there I worked mostly in the school-based setting with teenagers and their families. I have a bachelor’s degree in education from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. Working with teenagers was very rewarding. I was deeply grateful to have been given an opportunity to be a support for those who had no one on their side. However, my focus had always been on working with adults. In 2019 I had the opportunity to do just that and began working with adult clients in a clinical setting.
As a clinician I tend to focus on building a genuine, warm and positive relationship. I believe that every person has within themselves the power to heal. I see my job as providing my client with a safe and supportive place for them to discover their own strengths. I use stories and metaphors in therapy to help the client discover deeper truths about themselves. I also use techniques from a counseling theory called Internal Family Systems and have had much success with it. I have experience treating depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and especially trauma. In addition, I received a certification in addictive and compulsive behavior from Capella University in 2016 and have experience working with clients with drug and alcohol addictions.
I have two daughters who I am extremely proud of and eight grandchildren ranging from 2 ½ to 19 years old. I grew up without a grandfather, so I spend much of my time being the grandfather that I never had to my grandkids. My hobbies include building model airplanes, reading and history. Many people find my sense of humor off beat, but I try to use it with clients to put them at ease. My family, however, must deal with it.