I have an undergraduate degree in nursing (BSN-University of Miami). My graduate degree (MSN-Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing) is from the University of Pennsylvania, the top nursing program in the US. I am a member of two honor societies and several professional organizations related to nursing and to psychotherapy. I have been board certified as an advanced practice nurse in Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing by the American Nurses Association for twenty years. I remain current in my field by participating in ongoing continuing education. remain current in my field. I am licensed as a registered nurse in good standing in the province of Ontario (Canada) and the states of Florida and Pennsylvania.
I have over 35 years of experience in a variety of settings and roles as a psychiatric nurse. I was educated at the graduate level in family systems therapy and have provided psychotherapy to all ages-individuals, couples, families and groups. I have additional education in psychodynamic, interpersonal therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as women's studies. I have worked on inpatient, outpatient psychiatric units, done crisis intervention with the seriously mentally ill, and mental health home care. I also have a thorough knowledge of psychiatric medications. I held positions as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric Nursing in the US and Canada for many years before going into private practice in 1997. I have been an invited speaker at many workshops and conferences. I am an expert consultant on postpartum depression on 3 websites. I also provide consultation, education (lectures, workshops and conferences) to consumers, the media, and professionals re: depression and its effect on women and families. I have appeared on television and been interviewed by radio and print media several times. Since the mid 80's, as an early "pioneer" on the Internet, I have been involved with providing online counseling and support. I am a published author and often use poetry therapy and journalling in my work with clients. I specialize in women's mental health and the whole spectrum of issues that affect them and those who care about them; PMS, PPD, infertility, adoption, menopause, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, loss and grieving, intimacy, communication, life and role transitions, relationships, separation and divorce, motherhood, anxiety, stress, anger, assertiveness and self image/self esteem. As a caring colleague, I have particular empathy towards and expertise with helping my fellow nurses cope with job burnout, stress, conflict and emotional issues that can sometimes only be understood by another nurse.