“I provide a nonjudgmental assessment and strive to make all of my clients feel welcomed.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner was nonlinear. I obtained a BA in psychology from the University of Nebraska in 2002. Shortly thereafter, I worked for the Salvation Army as a life skills educator where I assisted homeless individuals in improving their mental health. Years later, I returned to school to pursue my BS in nursing. I eventually went on to obtain my master’s in nursing with a focus on psychiatric mental health. I have spent the majority of my time as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in telehealth outpatient settings. Besides my undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, I have also completed a master’s in management information systems, a master's in healthcare administration, and an MBA. Since I possess a passion for lifelong learning and want to practice at the highest level that my profession affords me, I am enrolled in the doctor of nursing practice degree program at the University of Florida.
What should someone know about working with you?
I spend an hour during the initial visit fully exploring the client's mental health issues from a variety of perspectives. I strive to fully understand the contributing factors in the context of mental health symptoms. I then create a customized treatment plan to target the core mental health symptoms in order to improve the quality of life for my clients. I provide a nonjudgmental assessment and strive to make all of my clients feel welcomed. My follow-up visits are 30-minutes in duration and focus on targeting and alleviating ongoing symptoms. I provide a kind, caring, down-to-earth, and supportive approach during all of my sessions. I specialize in the treatment of mood disorders (including depression and bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders, and adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about telehealth. Telehealth helps eliminate the barriers to mental health accessibility while providing a convenient platform for clients to receive the highest quality of care.
“I provide a kind, caring, down-to-earth, and supportive approach during all of my sessions.”