I started working in healthcare straight out of high school as a care assistant for clients with developmental delays, physical disabilities, and in geriatric care homes. I had never considered a career in healthcare before but I quickly realized that becoming a nurse was the only path for me.
I obtained my nursing degree from OHSU. After graduating, I worked for Legacy Health System in their adult psychiatric units and continued to do so until I graduated with my master’s degree from Gonzaga University and became a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
As a PMHNP, I hope to offer tools to my clients with medication management being the primary modality I practice. I believe that the combination of medication, psychotherapy and lifestyle interventions is the most effective path to recovery, and I incorporate these elements when developing an individualized treatment plan. I am not able to offer weekly psychotherapy sessions but I strongly support/encourage my clients’ participation in psychotherapy and will collaborate with therapists as needed.
I grew up in England and moved to Oregon when I was 21. I didn’t think I would settle in America but many years later, here I am! I am the mother of twin boys and an English bulldog. I like all things food-related and when I root, I root for the Timbers!
I am excited to work with people from all walks of life who are dealing with the full spectrum of mental health challenges. It is not my goal to exclude people from my practice because of their complexity or the difficulties that they have encountered on their journey. However, I am a single provider private practice. If you are considering me as a member of your mental health care team, please bear in mind that I will take vacations periodically and I do get sick (hardly ever but it happens!). I will do my best to schedule appropriately and communicate clearly about my availability with my clients. Please consider what your needs are and whether these might be best served by a multi-provider practice in which there is always someone available on call.
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