“Growing up with a mentally ill parent shaped my worldview in that it has given me a better understanding of the nuances and challenges that my clients face.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I realized that mental health was my niche early in my career while working as a nurse educator on an inpatient psychiatric unit. From there, I continued my education and became a PMHNP-BC. One of the most fulfilling aspects of working at the state hospital level was admitting clients while they were psychotic and helping them become stable so that they could return to their communities.
What should someone know about working with you?
My sessions are performed using an interpersonal and nontraditional approach. I find that this allows my clients to feel comfortable while disclosing sensitive and confidential information that is needed to treat and restore mental stability. I enjoy working with all psychiatric clients, especially those with mood disorders.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Growing up with a mentally ill parent shaped my worldview in that it has given me a better understanding of the nuances and challenges that my clients face. For that, I am grateful. I provide treatment that is nonjudgmental and accepting of my client’s preference. The treatment and advice I provide my clients with are the same treatment and advice I would give my family.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm excited about the new treatments being developed and offered, as they avoid some of the common side effects (such as somnolence, weight gain, and metabolic syndrome). This will increase compliance and mental stability.
“I provide treatment that is nonjudgmental and accepting of my client’s preference.”