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H.K. Eastburn Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP

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H.K. Eastburn is a psychiatric nurse practitioner providing medication management and psychotherapy. Her approach is eclectic, holistic, trauma-informed, antiracist, and identity-affirming. Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is available as appropriate (not covered by insurance). Outside of her private practice, she is a research clinician at NYU’s Center for Psychedelic Medicine.

H.K. Eastburn is a psychiatric nurse practitioner providing medication management and psychotherapy. Her approach is eclectic, holistic, trauma-informed, antiracist, and identity-affirming. Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is available as appropriate…

H.K. Eastburn is a psychiatric nurse practitioner providing medication management and psychotherapy. Her approach is eclectic, holistic, trauma-informed, antiracist, and identity-affirming. Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is available as appropriate (not covered by insurance). Outside of her private practice, she is a research clinician at NYU’s Center for Psychedelic Medicine.

Specialties
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • ADD/ADHD
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

    including BlueCard Network access

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  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Harvard Pilgrim
Pay with a program
  • Optum Live & Work Well (EAP)
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $200-260
Locations
  • Offers virtual sessions
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“As a former research clinician, I integrate decades of multidisciplinary experience with evidence-based and emerging psychiatric practices to cultivate psychological flexibility and resilience.”
What was your path to becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner?
Before becoming a nurse, I was a teaching artist serving incarcerated people, and I directed a music education program for teenage girls for over a decade. My BA is in religious studies with an independent concentration examining how capitalism spawned the modern American carceral state. Through training in mystical traditions, meditation, performing arts, neuroscience, psychiatric nursing, and psychotherapy modalities, I learned that change is the only constant, suffering is pain without acceptance, and embracing interdependence is a prerequisite of healing. I worked in inpatient psychiatry for many years, keeping people safe during their most vulnerable times. As a former research clinician, I integrate decades of multidisciplinary experience with evidence-based and emerging psychiatric practices to cultivate psychological flexibility and resilience. I am humbled by the intimacy of nursing practice and honored by the privilege of assisting people in healing.
What should someone know about working with you?
Working with me is a collaborative partnership; we explore and learn together. As James Baldwin wrote, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” The symptoms or situations that bring you to treatment may be the result of coping or survival strategies that once made sense but no longer serve you. Cognitive, emotional, and behavioral growth takes practice; the good news is that even the tiniest change seeds more change, and that often begins by simply showing up. It is my job to facilitate self-expression and assist you in removing barriers to growth. We will decide together what that means for you. A comprehensive psychiatric assessment provides us with a starting point from which to consider mutually agreed-upon goals and treatment options.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Psychedelic medicine research continues to support FDA approval of these important medicines. Though legal access to MDMA and psilocybin is still some years away, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) is available off-label from appropriately trained, licensed clinicians. While this modality is not for everyone, decades of research and clinical use support the efficacy of KAP for depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, OCD, existential distress, and facilitation of our collective inner healing intelligence through the exploration of non-ordinary states of consciousness. KAP can facilitate shifting out of stuckness. Physiologically, ketamine induces a surge of glutamate in the brain, offering a window of opportunity for increased neuroplasticity, enabling significant shifts in habitual thought and behavior patterns. Entrenched maladaptive neural circuits are disrupted and neurons grow new connections. Harnessing this opportunity for healing is the goal of KAP.
What does it mean to practice from a feminist, trauma-informed, antiractist, identity affirming orientation?
We do not choose the strengths and vulnerabilities that we inherit. Human health and consciousness are shaped by intergenerational trauma, the circumstances into which we are born, the challenges and advantages we grow up with, and the choices we make along the way. Dominant cultural forces (capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, heteronormativity) condition us to think, feel, and act in ways that perpetuate existing power structures. And yet we have the ability to disrupt the habitual mode of consciousness and learn to live in a profound and transformed fashion, cultivating compassion, awareness, flexibility, and resilience. We practice learning to respond rather than react. Within circumstances of structural oppression and personal/transpersonal trauma, there remains the freedom and responsibility to choose how you encounter each moment, try new solutions to old problems, and proceed knowing that history is not destiny.
“I am humbled by the intimacy of nursing practice and honored by the privilege of assisting people in healing.”