"I come to mental health care via humankind’s most enduring healing art-nursing. Nursing philosophy is holistic, which means that I look at the 'big picture' of your life for inherent strengths while exploring the struggles that led you to seek help."
I have been practicing as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in psychiatric and mental health nursing since 2000. As a psychiatric prescriber with a background in nursing, I take an individualized and holistic approach to my clients' needs while helping to form a treatment team with their other providers. I feel consistent communication and collaboration with other members of a client's treatment team is a vital (and often overlooked) factor in a timely recovery and long-term wellness.
I have a bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Delaware and a master's degree in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. In almost two decades of mental health advanced practice nursing, I have helped treat a variety of patient populations in many different treatment settings, including hospitals (acute and chronic care), day programs or intensive out-patient programs, community mental health clinics and substance abuse programs. I have been fortunate to function in many different roles of a psychiatric treatment team. These roles have included nurse, therapist, prescriber and liaison to other treatment providers such as primary care doctors, neurologists, OB/GYNs, endocrinologists, psychotherapists, and social workers.
In addition to patient care, I have also enjoyed teaching bachelor's and master's level nursing students at Drexel University, Rutgers University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Areas of Specialty:
Major depressive disorder
Perinatal mental health/Postpartum mood disorders
I practice as an out of network provider, on a "fee for service" basis, meaning payment is due at the time of each visit. Payment may be in the form of cash, check, or credit card. I offer detailed receipts that you may forward to your insurance company, in hopes that you may be reimbursed for part or all of your costs for seeing an out of network provider. I recommend that you contact your insurance company prior to your first visit, to familiarize yourself with your out of network benefits.
The rate per session is $375 for the initial appointment and $120 for follow-up appointments.