As a licensed Clinical Psychologist AND a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I am able to partner with my clients in a collaborative relationship to help them achieve maximum emotional health. My therapy approach is eclectic and depends on client needs. Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is often incorporated with other treatment modalities into the therapy mileau. As a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I am able to prescribe psychiatric medications and controlled substances for my clients in the following States where I am licensed: Florida and Iowa. I am licensed in California, Arizona, and Washington State to prescribe psychiatric medications, but I currently have a DEA# for Schedule II-V controlled medications in Iowa and Florida. A Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is able to prescribe psychiatric medications for persons of all ages from children up to the elderly. My dual licensure affords me a broader scope of practice which allows me to work my clients to achieve the optimum quality of life and emotional stabilization for my clients. Please note that in the State of Florida Nurse Practitioners are NOW ABLE TO PRESCRIBE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES - this INCLUDES STIMULANT MEDICATIONS FOR ADHD. However, Please note that I do not prescribe benzodiazepines EXCEPT for very brief time periods and under certain circumstances (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, Ambien, Lunesta, etc.) or opiate type medications.
I prefer, whenever possible, to coordinate a patient's care with their entire health care team encompassing their primary care physician, and any applicable specialists such as pediatricians, therapists, cardiologists, nutritionists, surgeons, board certified bariatricians (obesity experts), neurologists, urologists, oncologists, gastroenterologists, etc. I utilize TECHNIQUES and THERAPY APPROACHES which are thoroughly grounded and supported by medical and psychological empirical research and are published in respected journals! I also respect the FDA guidelines when prescribing psychotropic medications for clients adjusting for age appropriateness and the overall health of each patient.