I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, providing comprehensive psychiatric assessments, diagnostic clarification, and psychiatric treatment plans. My primary focus is medication management with supportive psychotherapy and psychoeducation. I have over a decade of experience in the mental health field, including work with adults, teens, and children. I especially enjoy working with teens and young adults.
I have a Master of Science in Nursing from Seattle University and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. I have 9 years of experience working at Seattle Children’s in the psychiatry department including inpatient, outpatient, and emergency department mental health settings.
My experience has taught me that healing is a journey we most often do not venture alone. I see myself as a guide, providing insights, recommendations, and tools grounded in scientific evidence. You are the expert of your own perspective, shaped by your strengths, passions, cultural background, intersectionalities, and lived experiences. Together, we will co-create a treatment plan that works for you and your individual goals.
Mental health, like physical health, is a lifelong journey. With life changes, some experience anxiety, grief, or trauma that hits with a sudden agony similar to breaking a bone. For others, depression parallels chronic pain, as a daily weight a person carries for years and yearns to set down. Mental health medications can offer a life raft to those who are struggling. For many, reaching out for help and considering taking a medication is a big hurdle. I will provide you with the education you need about medications to make informed decisions about your own care, in addition to alternative means of support and evidence-based treatments that fit your needs.
I am strongly invested in gender-affirming care and supporting gender exploration in youth. For the adults caring for gender-diverse youth, it can be a complex journey. I am here to support adults and teens in education regarding gender-affirming care and its impacts on mental health. I do not currently provide gender-affirming hormones.
Areas of focus: depression/ mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD/ trauma, ADHD in children/teens, Autism Spectrum Disorders, grief, gender diverse youth/ young adults, LGBTQIA+. Ages 12+ (<11 yrs on a case-by-case basis)