Heather Kitterman, PMHNP
Nationally Board Certified Family Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
My practice is based on a comprehensive patient-centered philosophy of developing a partnership with clients and their families (when appropriate), and ensuring that my clients have the education and support they need to make decisions and participate in their own care. I believe that each person is unique, and has their own physical, medical, emotional, spiritual, cultural, social, and environmental factors that influence who they are. Therefore, I will do my very best to ensure that these factors are acknowledged when we work together.
I have been in the health care field since 2007, as a registered nurse, board certified adult nurse practitioner, and as a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in the state of Oregon. I have earned my post-masters certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from Oregon Health and Science University, and my Master’s in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. I obtained my undergraduate degree from Stony Brook University in New York, where I majored in psychology. Prior to working in the mental health field, I was an internal medicine provider. This experience has led me to value the importance of teamwork among the different health care providers who serve you, as this teamwork helps to ensure that you are receiving safe, high-quality care.
I provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and limited therapy to individuals ages 6-55. I have received training in Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) and cognitive behavioral therapy. I have experience working with individuals experiencing mood and anxiety disorders, those with a history of trauma/complex trauma/PTSD, those in recovery for substance abuse, individuals with a diagnosis on the ASD spectrum, and individuals in the LGBTQ+ community.
While I value and respect the role of medication therapy as a treatment intervention, I believe that medications alone play a limited role with regards to helping individuals achieve their treatment goals. Therefore, I will encourage the use of psychotherapy, community support, and lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, proper sleep, relaxation, laughter) to help you meet your needs and goals.