“To date, my practice has evolved from a deep understanding of how trauma impacts brain architecture and associated cognitive and behavioral indications.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I began my professional career in social services, working with young, single, homeless mothers. During this work, I realized that many of the mothers were struggling with subclinical depression and anxiety related to self-esteem, value, and the negative perceptions of themselves and their abilities. Common among the mothers were their experiences of emotional and verbal abuse and their adversity-filled childhoods, which continued to repeat in their lives. I decided to pursue a career as a psychiatric prescriber to understand more about mental health and mental illness. To date, my practice has evolved from a deep understanding of how trauma impacts brain architecture and associated cognitive and behavioral indications.
What should someone know about working with you?
Clients who book with me will have a 45-minute initial psychiatric evaluation. Depending on the treatment plan, we may have weekly follow-ups until the client is stabilized or doing well on the medication. We will then have monthly visits for medication management.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Most of my continuing education courses are focused on trauma, complex PTSD, and new innovations in psychopharmacology. I am always seeking referral therapists who are skilled in TF-CBT for adults and trauma-specific therapy.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that emotional wounds and disconnection from one's authenticity are core drivers of depression and anxiety.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about ICD-11's CPTSD diagnosis and look forward to innovative research for effective interventions. I am also curious to see if the DSM-V will eventually include CPTSD because the symptomatology is distinct from PTSD. It includes the mood dysregulation, negative fixed self-perception, and unhealthy/toxic relationships I see in many of my clients with GAD, social anxiety, and unipolar depressive disorders.
What is a holistic psychiatric prescriber?
I classify myself as a holistic psychiatric prescriber because I integrate a body, mind, and spirit approach to my practice.
“I classify myself as a holistic psychiatric prescriber because I integrate a body, mind, and spirit approach to my practice.”