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About Me

I am licensed in the State of California as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and as an Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and Board Certified.

I am trained to provide psychotherapy and to manage medications for mental health conditions.  My practice is focused on helping women and families cope with mild to moderate postpartum mood/anxiety mental health conditions. I have also received specialized training in infant-parent mental health and continue to expand my skills in this specialty. I am currently receiving further training at the Newton Center for Affect Regulation in Lajolla, CA, focusing on dyadic mother-infant psychotherapy. My approach emphasizes stress management by featuring psycho-education, and supportive as well as creative modalities. The focus is on empowering women and their families to navigate the early parenting transition, feeling supported and confident. 

 

My Professional Background

My passion is helping families navigate the rewards and challenges of early parenting.  

I have a broad range of experience in a variety of professional roles as a clinician, educator, and researcher in mental health, infant-parent, and academic settings. 

As a registered nurse in the postpartum/couplet care setting and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, I grew to love supporting parents as they coped with major transitions.   As a mental health clinician, I have offered support groups for pregnancy loss and postpartum depression and have received specialized training in reproductive mental health.

My goal is to provide compassionate, trauma-informed, supportive care for perinatal mental health needs while fostering infant-parent connectedness.

Educational Background 


MS, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, University of San Diego: focus of practicum training at an outpatient reproductive psychiatry clinic 


PhD in Nursing, University of Massachusetts Boston: focus of research on maternal-infant interaction 


Postgraduate Fellowship in Infant-Parent Mental Health, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston 


MS, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, Nurse Therapist Track, University of Arizona


BSN, Boston College

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