Hi! My name is Shikira. I’m a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with a doctorate degree in nursing practice. I’m originally from Ohio. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, sports, travel, community service activities, and my beloved fur babies. If you are looking for a provider who actually listens and cares about their clients, then look no further. I would love to partner with you on your journey towards healing and wellness. My experience is in medical/surgical nursing, brief counseling, and adult/child/adolescent mental health care. I have worked in inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential treatment settings throughout my 10+ years in healthcare. I believe my clients, families, and I are a team. Using evidence-based guidelines, I will help you achieve optimal mental health. While medications are helpful in many cases, I don’t believe in just “pushing pills” on to people. I prefer a holistic approach to help you thrive. With me, you will have a compassionate caregiver who truly wants to see you grow! I look forward to working with you soon.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
After your first session, you should expect to have an understanding of your diagnosis and individualized treatment plan. Typically a 4 week follow-up appointment is recommended to briefly check in to discuss progress, changes, or further treatment needs. Once you reach a point of stability, follow-up appointments are spaced out anywhere from 3-6 months according to your preference. My clients are encouraged to reach out if they are needing an earlier appointment. I will make time for you.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
I implement a comprehensive health history and utilize questions from the PHQ-, Rapid Mood Screener, ADHD-rs, Hamilton Anxiety Scale, and VADRS to help identify a diagnosis. **PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO RESTRICTIONS IN GA AND NC, I DO NOT PRESCRIBE ADHD STIMULANTS.**
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
My biggest strength is being a well-rounded professional with lots of experience. This helps identify problems and solutions quicker.