Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP, PMHNP)
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Linda understands she is just like you – a human being trying to navigate this complex journey of life. She never forgets that and will treat you as her equal partner in your care. Each person has a unique blend of experiences, genetic makeup, lifestyle influences, and personal goals.
Linda’s goal is to help people understand the multi-faceted approach to reaching and maintaining a state of wellbeing. She will listen to you so she understands your goals and then will actively engage with you in discussions about various treatment options. Together, you and Linda will decide the best treatment strategy. She knows that involving you in your treatment plan development will lead to longer lasting results.
Linda combines medication prescribing, psychotherapy, education, and self-care strategies in her practice. She is dedicated to teaching you about your illness, holding the belief you will be better equipped to make changes when you fully understand your symptoms and treatment options.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, Linda provides both therapy and medication prescribing. She also orders and interprets labs and makes referrals, when appropriate, to other medical or behavioral health specialists. Linda’s area of specialty is adults and the diagnoses she treats include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, and psychosis.
Linda is a board certified Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (American Nurses Credentialing Center). She has earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, Master’s in Nursing Science, Master’s in Environmental Health, and Bachelor’s in Nursing Science. Linda has over twelve years’ experience as an adult psychiatric nurse practitioner, and has worked in various settings including internal medicine, community mental health, outpatient psychiatry, and Veteran’s Affairs.
Prior to working as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, Linda worked in cardiac rehabilitation. She decided to specialize in psychiatry after repeatedly witnessing the connection between mental and physical health. Although people frequently experience depression and anxiety, many are afraid to talk about it. Cholesterol and blood pressure are easy to talk about, behavioral health is not. Linda strives to help minimize this stigma.