Nationally Board Certified Family Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
My approach to mental health is based on a core belief that people have many strengths and are doing their best. Sometimes, things that worked in the past stop helping or new stressors make life more difficult. In times of challenge, it takes strength to reach out for support. I feel very lucky to be able to partner with people to explore resources to improve their experiences. I strive to cultivate a therapeutic, safe environment for us to work together. You know yourself best and we will work to identify your goals and what we can do to work toward those. My goal is for you to feel like yourself and feel like an empowered, active part of this therapeutic partnership.
I have worked in various roles in mental health care for years. After completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology at the University of Colorado in Boulder, I went on to earn a master’s degree in counseling psychology with an addiction specialization from the University of Denver. I worked in community mental health in Colorado for four years. During this time, I worked to coordinate care with inpatient hospitals, helped clients transition to outpatient services, and provided therapy in a homelike residential environment. In 2017, I returned to school and received my master’s in nursing with a psychiatric mental-health specialization from Vanderbilt University. I am currently working on a doctorate degree in nursing at Vanderbilt. I have experience working with adolescents and adults experiencing mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, psychosis, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and various other diagnoses.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I can prescribe medications. I believe that medications can help stabilize and provide a solid foundation upon which other skills can be used. Medication is a piece of the puzzle, but we will also explore other elements of a healthy lifestyle that play a significant role in wellness. This may include collaboration or referrals to therapy or other providers; discussions and strategizing around movement, sleep, recreation, nutrition, and coping skills; and exploration of community connections and support that may also help you reach your goal.
I am certified to treat individuals across the lifespan and primarily specialize in older adolescents and adults. I draw on training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Emotionally Focused Therapy while providing therapeutically minded medication management.