Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
After graduating from the University of Oregon and its Robert Clark Honors College in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in general science, I worked in residential and inpatient hospital settings with children and adolescents for nearly a decade. Many of the children and adolescents I worked with came from backgrounds with substance use histories and familial depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia and ADHD. In these settings, I realized how essential the feeling of social connectedness is to the human experience.
In 2017 I began working toward a master’s in nursing with a psychiatric mental health focus at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). I am currently working on a doctoral project in nursing through OHSU, which I will complete by the summer of 2021.
My personal philosophy holds relationships as the central component of the therapeutic process. I have experience with a number of different therapeutic modalities, but ultimately, I feel that a sense of genuine curiosity and a desire to meet you in the place that you are in, are at the core of my approach. I strive to use a culturally sensitive, supportive approach to not only help you create long term health goals, but to help you achieve immediate tangible goals as well. I will work with you to improve your understanding and awareness of patterns of distress, so that you can approach fulfilling your life’s values and goals with a greater sense of clarity.
Although I work primarily with young adults and adolescents, I am certified to treat individuals across the lifespan. Treatment sometimes involves medication, which can be a helpful tool when we need a therapeutic “nudge” to gain momentum in the direction of your goals. If we agree that your treatment plan should include medication, we will work together to make the best possible medical decisions to fit your unique needs.
Many aspects of starting therapy can be intimidating; I aim to make our work together feel relaxed and comfortable, acknowledging the courage it takes to both seek help and show up. As needs and goals evolve over time, I will work with you to refocus on what is most meaningful.