Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Student
I am a second-year Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) student at Oregon Health & Science University. Although the provider role will be new to me, I have about 10 years of experience working in mental health. 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 a residential treatment home and a hospital setting with children and adolescents. 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.
My personal philosophy holds relationships as a 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 hope to use an evidence-based approach to not only help you create long term health goals but to help you achieve immediate tangible goals as well. Ideally, I want you to leave feeling like you have something to use “fresh out of the box” to help address issues as they arise in your life.
As a future board certified PMHNP, part of my role will involve prescribing medications. Although this option is typically not the first choice in many cases, medications can be a helpful tool to give us a therapeutic “nudge” when needed. I look forward to partnering with you and drawing upon the combined decades of expertise the team of providers at WHW has to make the best possible medical decisions to fit your unique needs.
Although my experience is primarily with children, adolescents, and young adults, I look forward to gaining more experience with different age groups across the lifespan. My future plans include my internship here at WHW for the next 6 months (July of 2020) and completion of a doctoral project through Oregon Health & Science University by the summer of 2021.