“My medical and psychiatric nursing experiences enable me to provide a holistic approach to care that focuses on the client’s mind, body, and soul.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My career has included work as a nurse on a medical surgical unit, a cardiothoracic intensive care unit, and in-home nursing. Working in these settings, I realized that many of my clients were lacking access to psychiatric care. Concerned for their total wellbeing, I returned to school at Duke University where I obtained my graduate degree as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. My medical and psychiatric nursing experiences enable me to provide a holistic approach to care that focuses on the client’s mind, body, and soul. Building strong and trusting relationships, providing education, and engaging in client-centered care are all important aspects of my treatment approach. My goal is to optimize each person’s quality of life, leading to greater happiness and fulfillment. Through telehealth technology, I am proud to provide clients access to excellent, affordable mental health care.
What should someone know about working with you?
My goal is to create a safe and trusting environment while ensuring that clients receive top-quality, evidence-informed care. The initial evaluation will take anywhere from 45-60 minutes. Some of the questions asked will be of a personal nature and clients can feel comfortable knowing that all questions serve a purpose and may be answered at their discretion. Treatment plans are tailored to individual needs and not developed in a cookie-cutter fashion. I will first evaluate the client to determine whether medication is necessary, and if so, I will initiate treatment by prescribing the lowest dose possible to obtain the desired therapeutic effect. I will present all pharmacologic options that are available and will work collaboratively with the client to determine which medication is the best fit. By the end of each visit, the client will feel heard and will fully understand their diagnosis and treatment plan.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a lifelong learner. I am currently working toward a second certification as a family nurse practitioner. This will allow me to provide an integrative approach to mental and physical wellbeing. I continue to stay up-to-date on evidence-based research while also meeting with other psychiatric providers to discuss challenging cases. Each year, I attend the American Psychiatric Nurses Association conference, where mental health providers from across the country meet to discuss the most recent research and interventions in psychiatry.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I always treat others equally with respect and dignity regardless of their race, culture, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality. Through my experiences in nursing, I have developed a strong sense of cultural sensitivity. I celebrate diversity and value each person’s beliefs and views.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
This is a very exciting time for psychiatry. Telehealth plays an important role in accessible healthcare delivery and it will continue to grow in popularity. It dramatically expands opportunities for people to gain access to such heavily needed care. Some people have medical issues that make it difficult to travel. Others have mental health issues that make it difficult to leave home, especially at the beginning of treatment. Telehealth significantly removes barriers that keep clients from seeking quality mental health care. I love that I can reach individuals across New York in a convenient, HIPAA-compliant manner.
“Building strong and trusting relationships, providing education, and engaging in client-centered care are all important aspects of my treatment approach.”