“I will provide a nonjudgmental space and personalized treatment plans so clients can experience the deep healing they need to become the best versions of themselves.”
What was your path to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner? What inspired you to choose this profession?
My path to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner started in my adolescence. I come from a cultural background where there is no appreciation for the importance of mental health or mental health treatment. My community openly ostracized and mistreated people who suffered from psychiatric disorders. In the worst cases, those who struggled with their mental health were beaten, sometimes to death, for bringing shame to the community. Bearing witness to these painful injustices made me realize the danger of ignorance and the deadly consequences of stigma. This experience compelled me to pursue education in mental health and wellness, with the hope that one day I could educate my community about these issues. I wanted to teach them about the neurobiological, neurochemical, and biopsychosocial factors that affect our physical and mental health, so that we could foster a healthier, safer and more productive approach to treating mental health. Throughout my education I have explored the intricate interrelationship between the mind, body, and soul. It’s a journey that has helped me discover the culprits to psychiatric and mental ailments, and it’s given me the sincerest compassion for individuals suffering from psychiatric/mental ailments. And it’s this understanding that has ultimately led me toward a career in mental health, as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.
What should someone know about working with you?
The first thing that every client should understand is that if you’re seeking help or exploring your treatment options then hope is not lost! You are on the right track. As a psychiatric NP, I offer clients in-depth knowledge and tangible medical skills to guide you toward better mental health and a better way to live. I understand that every client’s experience, their perception, and their needs are different. This is why I work hard to give my clients that safe, non-judgmental space and personalized treatment plans to help them experience the deep healing they need to become the best versions of themselves. I’m dedicated to working in collaboration with my clients and, if necessary, their family members to evoke positive changes in each individual so they can discover their full potential. I take a holistic approach to care and consider all factors contributing to your clinical presentation so we can develop a treatment plan that lets them back control of their lives, on their own terms.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Medicine is driven by innovation, which is why I’m a committed life-long learner. I am constantly attending lectures and workshops to stay up-to-date on evidence-based research findings while also maintaining collaborative relationships with other experts in the field of psychiatry. I also hone my skills through collaboration with my team of fellow clinicians. And I’m always learning from my client experiences, for which I am always grateful.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am happy to witness a gradual de-stigmatization towards substance abuse and mental health. It’s encouraging to see people of all ages, races, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds begin to appreciate the significance of prioritizing mental health in their overall care. I hope that the growth I see with more people seeking mental health treatment for themselves and their loved ones will continue. I am thankful to be a part of a movement of qualified practitioners that is breaking the stigma of mental health and helping the community around achieve better overall health, not just physically but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually too.
What populations have you worked with?
My expertise gives me the ability to work alongside many different populations. I have worked with varying populations throughout my career, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults suffering from mental health concerns, including low mood, anxiety, depression, and poor attention span. In recent years, I have tried to ensure that my practice includes the care of underserved populations, especially members of the Black, Brown, and Hispanic communities. But whomever I serve, I always work to provide a customized and holistic approach to care to ensure that people can find the freedom that comes with living a healthier life.
“My expertise has allowed me to work alongside many different populations, using a holistic approach to help clients on their journey of complete healing.”