I work collaboratively with my patients on developing treatment goals that best suits their needs. By working together we will establish a therapeutic relationship and develop strategies for treating symptoms, coping with life’s stressors, as well as managing medications. 

While medication management is an important concept of what we will work on together, this is only one portion of successful treatment.  Mental health issues are seldom addressed by medication alone.  We will work together to find the best solutions and if therapy will be helpful for your individual situation, I will work with you to find a therapist who fits your needs.

 


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
  • Coping with a variety of life stressors and difficulties


I use a behaviorally informed combination of techniques including:

 

  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Medication Management
  • Behavioral Activation 


Populations Served: 

 

Adults

 


What to expect from your appointments:

 

Our first appointment will be approximately 90 minutes long.  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 30-45 minutes 

 

 

Education and Training:

 

  • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Certificate - Lifespan Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with addictions focus: Seattle University, WA
  • Masters in Nursing: University of the Incarnate Word- San Antonio, TX
  • Bachelors in Nursing: University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX

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.

 

Please Note:

 

  • 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.