“Treating people holistically—not simply treating an illness, but also addressing its impact on a person’s overall functioning—is crucial to long-term remittance.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After I received my master’s degree from New York University to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I quickly realized the connection between our mental health and our physical health. Treating people holistically—not simply treating an illness, but also addressing its impact on a person’s overall functioning—is crucial to long-term remittance. Treating someone through talk therapy as well as pharmacological management allows access to different modalities of care and helps practitioners better understand their clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
When working with my clients, I take my time to understand their symptoms, the impact their symptoms have on their functioning, their goals, and what role they think I can play in helping them reach those goals. I believe it’s important to not only get a sense of the individual in the present, but to also get a sense of their entire lives. I strongly believe the past informs the present. By acknowledging that, people are able to heal and to grow.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
We have seen the rapid emergence of telehealth as the forefront of mental health care. For those of us living in New York City, this provides a more convenient way for individuals to take time for self-care. By offering services in a variety of ways, a provider is able to ensure reliable services that meet the needs of the client. Taking care of our mental health needs is just as important as our physical health, and by making it an easier process and more easily accessible, we are able to ensure quality care to those in need.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
There isn’t much to lose in giving therapy a try. At the very least, you’ll have someone you can talk to. Many of us don’t have the opportunity to talk freely about what’s going on for us in our daily lives. Therefore, there can always be some benefit experienced from releasing feelings and thoughts in a safe space. There are various types of therapy that can help you meet your goals, so discussing what you’re looking for with your provider can contribute to a more positive treatment experience.
Why is it beneficial to go to one provider for therapy and medication management?
Nurses learn to care for clients’ needs while ensuring their safety and advocating for them. As a nurse practitioner, I am able to take my abilities a step further and not only provide clients with empathy and care, but also provide medication management and therapy. The benefit of having one provider for medication and therapy is that it allows for a strong therapeutic alliance and a deeper understanding of a client’s ever-evolving concerns, priorities, and needs. It allows for more consistent assessment and adjustment of medications and therapeutic interventions. Having only one provider results in a more in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the client.
“The benefit of having one provider for medication and therapy is that it allows for a strong therapeutic alliance and a deeper understanding of a client’s ever-evolving concerns, priorities, and needs.”