Areas of Emphasis
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Auburn Psychological Wellness Center (APWC), in Auburn, AL. Common concerns treated with psychiatric medication include:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Sleep concerns
- Perceptual disturbances (Psychosis)
- Other mental health concerns
You may also want to work with a psychiatry provider to decrease or eliminate current psychiatric medications.
What to Expect if We Work Together
If you establish care with me, we will discuss your medical, mental health, and treatment history during our first appointment. This appointment can last up to one hour. By the end of your first appointment, I strive to provide you with treatment recommendations that will include a diagnosis, lifestyle or behavioral modifications, and medication options if indicated. If medication is indicated, you will receive a prescription.
After the initial appointment, you will be scheduled for follow up appointments as needed for your individual care plan. Our office schedules your follow-ups for 30 minutes so that you do not feel rushed. We will address how well your care plan is working for you, medication side effects, and medication changes. I will also work with you to identify environmental and behavioral changes that can help reduce your distress and promote psychological wellness.
I am a native of Opelika, AL. I have a psychology degree from the HBCU Fisk University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lipscomb University. In addition, I am a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMH-NP) specialty track program. My nursing experience is in the areas of medical/surgical (med-surg), endoscopy, and psychiatric nursing. In addition, I have had the privilege of working as a Night Court Advocate with domestic violence survivors. As a healthcare professional, my commitment and dedication to serving people has been both a rewarding and humbling experience. I also enjoy spending time with my husband and two little boys, hosting holiday parties with family, traveling, and watching television.
My Approach to Higher Risk Medications
Your physical and psychological safety is important to me. To reduce the risk of physiological dependence to medications, I do not prescribe substances with a high potential for abuse or dependence. These medications include stimulants (including stimulants for ADHD symptoms), benzodiazepines, some anxiolytics, and sedative-hypnotics. I am happy to discuss safer alternatives for managing your symptoms of concern. If you already have prescriptions for these higher risk medications when you establish care with me, we will determine a plan to decrease your risk of withdrawal while reducing or eliminating these medications.
Schedule an Appointment
If you would like to work together, click the booking button below to request an available new patient appointment. You may also call the Auburn Psychological Wellness Center front office at 334.219.0425 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.