As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I am licensed by the State of Maryland and District of Columbia, practicing with the understanding that each client is unique and requires personalized treatment.
I have been working in healthcare since 2015, after receiving my associate degree in Nursing from Radians College and became an Emergency Department (ED) registered nurse. I earned my bachelor's degree in Nursing (2016) from Chamberlain College of Nursing and continued to work as an ED nurse. In 2018, I continued to work as an ED nurse, but started working as a psychiatric nurse at Dominion Hospital, a behavioral health facility. While working as an ED and psychiatric nurse, I earned my Master's in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (2020) from Walden University. After graduation, I began working as a PMHNP for a community-based behavioral health company and Sheppard Pratt.
When struggling with a mental health disorder it is common to feel isolated and alone, unable to participate in the activities once enjoyed. My role is to offer you the highest degree of psychiatric services for a wide range of mental health conditions in a compassionate, supportive environment.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP), I am trained in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental health and behavioral health disorders.
I will diagnose your disorder based on multiple sources of information gathered using various diagnostic tools. Based on the information from these sources, you and I will be able to arrive at an initial diagnosis, followed by the creation of a treatment plan specific to you. If you disagree with my diagnosis, you are free to seek a second or more opinion.
While I am not considered a talk therapist, I will provide individual talk therapy, known as psychotherapy. using a combination of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This helps patients learn new coping skills, develop healthier thought and behavior patterns, gain new insights as possible factors for their mental health condition, and to help manage difficult emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy comes in a variety of treatment modalities, allowing the psychiatric nurse practitioner to utilize the form of therapy that best aligns with the diagnosis and treatment goals.
As a PMHNP, I can utilize medications to help treat the mental health disorder. Everything is personalized based on your needs. If you are not receiving psychotherapy with me, I am able to work with your psychotherapy specialist (or primary care provider) and discuss the need to initiate medication management. However, on your first visit I will need a full assessment, comprehensive history/interview, review of your past records from prior prescribers, and health care providers. After reviewing and discussing with you, I will provider my recommendations and a safety-focused treatment plan. I will not guarantee you that I will start a new prescription and/or continue any current prescription through refill. You are expected to complete a release of information (ROI) for all previous and current health care providers and behavior specialists. Routine lab work which may involve urine and/or blood for certain prescriptions is required. Your safety will be my top priority.