Hey there, I'm Shay. I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner, a wife, a mom but most importantly your biggest supporter in achieving your goals for overall improved mental health and well-being. I am highly rated board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor's of Art in Human Development and Family Studies. I attended Fordham University to pursue a Master in Psychological Counseling, and attended Yale University to pursue a Masters in Nursing, specializing in psychiatric-mental health as well as recently completing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). My DNP research focuses on adapting and developing a home-based telepsychiatry program for patients diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder to improve access to care, adherence to treatment and overall quality of life. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have worked in a variety of settings including community-based outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services, outpatient private practice, inpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services, and correctional-managed healthcare. I have held many high-profile professional psychiatric positions including the LEAD APRN for a community behavioral health clinic in Connecticut as well as the Director of Psychiatric Nursing for one of the largest mental health facilities in the state of Indiana. I have treated patients as young as 4 years old, and through adulthood. I have treated a variety of mental health diagnoses, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, autism, PTSD and thought disorders. Primarily I focus on initial psychiatric evaluations and if necessary subsequent medication management follow-up. I love to watch my patients flourish and reach their goals; and believe that there is nothing more fulfilling.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
Clients can expect to leave each sessions more informed than they came to session, feeling heard in regards to all concerns they bring to session as well as more confident in regards to achieving their treatment goals.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
I evaluate and treat patients from a person-centered and holistic treatment approach believing there is room for a variety of types of treatment methods.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
My biggest strength is my ability to listen and treat my patients as if they were my own family members. When asked to describe me, patients who know me describe me as "transparent, supportive, extremely down to earth and knowledgeable". I am able to clearly understand the role they everyday life stressors play in someone's overall we being as well as the role medications and psychotherapy can play in improving an person's circumstances. My experience has afforded me the opportunity to work with individuals across a variety of spectrums (including but not limited to age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconimic status and health conditions) and I am solution focused, so my goal is to help you over come your hurdles as quickly and efficiently as possible.