Meet our therapists
What is your role at The Refuge Center?
I am the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at The Refuge Center. I’m extremely proud that our med management services are offered on the same sliding scale as our counseling fees. I provided 419 hours of client visits in 2018. I see clients from about 15 years old to 65 years old. Most of the presenting issues that bring clients to my office include depression, anxiety/panic attacks, bipolar disorder, insomnia, and post-partum depression.
I also held this position from 2010-2014 while I was Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing plus practicing at other clinics. I returned in July 2016 when I retired from Vandy. As the only Psych Nurse Practitioner at Refuge Center, I both prescribe meds and am happy to be a resource when medical questions arise. The first time I meet a client (I have already read the intake paperwork, the last few therapy notes, and PHQ9GAD) – I take history, (psychiatric and medical) make the assessment and DSM5 diagnosis, evaluate if medication is needed. To prescribe medication, I need to determine which one(s) and what dosage, check for any interactions, explain how they work and side effects, and schedule a return to monitor and assess again and redo the PHQ9GAD. I chose to be at The Refuge Center because of the supportive caring atmosphere and staff, clients- most whom are truly grateful to be there due to limited options/long wait times, teaching and working alongside interns/therapists, and an office filled with fossils, candles, plants, and God’s grace.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I never know what to say when asked about myself- which is why the enclosed 3 pictures. One is me traveling in Cambodia a year ago (the most amazing trip ever), the beach is my favorite place to be- especially with all my immediate family (Al, my husband, our four children, two in-laws, two and 1/2 grandchildren), and my FOO (four brothers, parents married 63 years, Dad has Lewy Body Disease). I like learning, meeting people, being outdoors ( I have diagnosed myself with NDD – Nature Deficit Disorder), traveling, church, and looking for fossils. I have never regretted choosing to be a nurse — I love the diversity, opportunities, and people are always really nice to you when you say you’re a nurse, especially right before they pull up a sleeve and ask you about a skin rash, wounds, symptoms, etc…!! (I am happy to respond to friends and family- it’s the seatmate on a plane that can get weird).
What is your favorite thing to do in Nashville/ Franklin?
My favorite thing to do in Nashville is shopping at The Flea Market – especially when they are selling rocks! I also love biking and hiking.
One interesting fact people might not know about you?
Interesting fact not known by many -(I had to ask my family this) — I play the piano well and studied at The Cleveland Institute of Music.
Eu iusto dolorum pro, facer oportere duo ne. Cum ei commune instructior. Ne dicat qualisque ullamcorper ius, ubique dolorum consetetur in vis. Nisl commodo te sed.