I work with my patients on developing treatment goals, and we work collaboratively on achieving those goals. By working together we establish a therapeutic alliance and develop strategies for treating symptoms, coping with stress, and thriving. I utilize multiple strategies to help my clients through difficult times, and support them on their journey to wellness. Instilling a sense of hope, empowerment, self, and meaning creates an environment of recovery. By working to identify and build healthy coping strategies and supportive relationships we work to treat the causes of mental health problems and prevent relapses.
Medication management is an important component of what I do, but it is only one aspect of treatment. The root causes of mental health issues are seldom addressed by medication alone. Therapy, provided by myself or another licensed entity, is an important aspect of treatment. I work with all of my clients to develop a treatment plan that fits with their values and goals.
Some of the areas that I can offer services toward recovery include:
- Depression, Anxiety and Bipolar Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Thought Disorders like Schizophrenia
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
- Behavioral Problems
- Coping with a variety of life stressors and difficulties
I use a behaviorally informed eclectic combination of techniques including:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Medication Management
- Adolescents and Adults
What to expect from your appointments:
- Our first appointment will be 70-90 minutes
- We will have an opportunity to:
- get to know each other
- review your medical, psychiatric history and medications (please bring your medication containers)
- start our work in partnership to identify target symptoms and establishing therapy goals
- provide a level of understanding and education about treatment, medications, and expectations
Follow-up therapy and medication management appointments range from 15-50 minutes
Education and Training:
- Masters in Nursing - Lifespan Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with addictions focus : Seattle University
- BA in Psychology, Central Washington University
What is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)?
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing is a specialized area of nursing practice committed to promoting mental health through the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of human responses to mental health problems and psychiatric disorders. PMHNPs are licensed to provide comprehensive, patient-centered mental health treatments and have an independent authority to prescribe medications. Essential components of this specialty practice include health and wellness promotion through identification of mental health issues, prevention of mental health problems and care and treatment (including medication management) of persons with psychiatric disorders.
- We do not provide emergency after hours support.
- Voicemail messages are generally returned within 24-72 hours depending on availability and urgency.
- If you need immediate attention for your own or someone else’s safety, please do not delay seeking care in waiting for a return call.
- Call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room if you need emergency medical care or are having suicidal or homicidal thoughts.
- Another option if you feel you need to talk to someone who has training in listening and providing support for people in crisis, call the Crisis Hotline at no charge at 206-461-3222.
- You can also call 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get help if you are thinking about suicide