“I have completed training in crisis management, opioid treatment, cannabis treatment, cultural sensitivity, community outreach, sexual harassment awareness, discrimination awareness, and client satisfaction.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was an RN for seven years prior to becoming an NP. My years of NP practice have been with the underserved communities in New York. My education, as well as my experience in various capacities in mental health, includes the areas of psychiatric emergencies, consultation for people in the jail system, acute inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, head of a mobile crisis team, crisis centers, and a mental health drop-in center. This wealth of experience and education gave me the opportunity to comfortably conclude that mental health is a key to physical health. I have completed training in crisis management, opioid treatment, cannabis treatment, cultural sensitivity, community outreach, sexual harassment awareness, discrimination awareness, and client satisfaction.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process starts with the identification of the client and making initial contact. Consent for treatment will be sent and expected to be completed, signed, and returned within 24 hours of the appointment. The first visit includes an assessment, mental and medical histories, obtaining collateral information, reviewing medication, labs, PMP, and discussing contact with previous providers. During the assessment, a diagnosis will be confirmed or established and a plan of care will be explored and agreed upon. New clients are seen every week for the first month then every other week after that. I enjoy working with clients from different backgrounds and ethnicities. For telehealth, I see people from 12 years of age to geriatrics. My areas of expertise include psychosis, depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and autism.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I take classes online and sometimes I attend seminars organized by Psychiatric Congress. I also attend pharmacology education at times.
“My areas of expertise include psychosis, depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and autism.”