I am a board-certified child and family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in Colorado and California. My role is similar to a psychiatrist who treats children, adolescents, and adults but my degree is in nursing and I am not a physician.
I began working in mental health in 2000 and have been providing psychiatric medication management at community mental health clinics since 2012. Before prescribing I worked with adolescents in residential and wilderness programs, provided drug and alcohol counseling, and individual and group therapy to children and adults. More about my professional past can be found here.
My approach to Psychiatric Treatment
All individuals of all races, religions, genders, orientations, cultures, and abilities are welcome here. This is your body and your process. I am committed to you feeling heard, cared for and supporting you in achieving your mental health goals. I am not committed to prescribing you medications. If it’s likely that you can feel better without using psychiatric medications, then we can talk about how to make that happen and I’ll be here if you need me down the road.
During the assessment I will be working to learn about you, your history, what is bothering you, what you have already tried, and what you want to be different. We will discuss a wide variety of options to help you achieve your goals. If medications are recommended, we will create a wellness plan that integrates medications and support from non-pharmaceutical interventions such as exercise, sleep hygiene, spiritual practices, creative methods, social involvement, and psychotherapy with a therapist, psychologist or licensed counselor. This complimentary approach to treatment serves to create a solid foundation for lasting change and efficient reduction in symptoms.
As part of treatment, I recommend therapy to most of my patients. I use many therapeutic techniques in my work, I am not a trained and competent therapist, and you deserve that. You also deserve to have support, warmth, and understanding coming from multiple points in various settings, not just me. In the work of therapy is where growth, insight, coping skills, and wisdom happens. If you don’t already have a therapist, please contact your insurance to find in-network providers. You can also click on the links below to find local providers:
… learn about the treatment process