Let’s start with something easy. Can you tell us a little about your professional background and areas of focus?
I’m a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who graduated from University of San Diego. I have over a decade of experience in working with a wide range of psychiatric conditions, across all age ranges, while working in long term and short term inpatient settings as well as in the psychiatric emergency department. I’m originally from the east coast and have worked with clients in New York and New Jersey along with California. , My areas of focus include depression, anxiety disorders, and PTSD.
How would you describe your approach to therapy?
My approach is patient-centered and holistic, considering the whole person, including their physical, emotional, and social well-being. I believe in taking the time to listen to concerns and working collaboratively with clients to meet their needs and goals, to achieve optimal mental health and wellness. Everyone is incredibly unique, so I think treatment and therapeutic relationships should be able to adapt to each individual.
What would your patients say about you?
My patients have told me that they appreciate my empathy and allowing them to be vulnerable without judgement.
How did you become interested in working with psychedelics including ketamine?
I have heard from some friends and previous clients that have experienced positive, life influencing benefits. I am all for anything that is relatively safe and can provide more options for self improvement.
What excites you most about the future of psychedelics?
I’m excited to see people more hopeful about other possible ideas and options to be able to help themselves become better individuals. I appreciate the openness the future is moving towards.
Enough about work! Let’s try some rapid fire questions;
- First, Where do you live? - I live in sunny San Diego
- What's a perfect afternoon? - Rock climbing somewhere awe inspiring and then cooling off by paddle boarding on a lake, into the beautiful sunset.
- Favorite food? Pizza/Pasta - Mediterranean food
- Describe yourself in two words. - Grateful adventurer