I know all too well how busy and challenging life can be. This is especially true during life transitions. When you are experiencing mood or anxiety symptoms during this period, it can just feel like too much. My goal is to help you reconnect with who you are and how you want to live your life by assisting you in developing mental health and wellness. By managing your mood and anxiety symptoms, you can get on track to being your best self and…find your JOY!
Nurse Practitioner and Your Recovery Partner
But really...what's it like to work with me?!
I’m so glad you asked! My approach to mental health is based on over 20 years of healthcare experience and extensive training and awareness of the most effective evidence-based approaches for mood and anxiety disorders including the developmental nuances of the early adult and perinatal periods. That said, I like to take the info and break it down it something practical, realistic, and tailored to your unique needs in the most welcoming and approachable way possible. Therefore, my sessions are eclectic, meaning I draw from as many resources and techniques as needed to make sure you receive the individualized care you need. I am all about making sure you obtain the information and develop the skills you need to see actual change and improvement in function and overall mental well-being.
When it comes to medication management, your treatment should be safe, effective, and tolerable. We won’t waste time repeating what hasn’t worked in the past. We won’t settle for trading one problem for another. We will have a short-term and a long-term plan. We will definitely NOT be throwing darts in the dark. You will understand the what, why, and how of your medication.
My clients are the center of every appointment-as they should be! I realize that your time is valuable and I want you to get as much out of our time together as possible. This means our sessions will be working sessions-but instead of spinning your wheels alone, you will have trained professional support.
I value your feedback. I check in regularly to make sure your treatment plan is on track to help you achieve your goals and mental health success-if something isn’t working, we will explore why and make adjustments as necessary.
I show up for you! There is a saying in healthcare that the patient has to care as much as you do. But the opposite is also true-the provider also has to care and be willing to put in the time and effort for their clients. This means I will challenge you when you need it-don’t worry I’ll do it with humor and kindness. After all, I have my own lived experience and I’m not afraid to let you know you are not alone. No topic is off-limits. If it matters to you, it matters to me. There will be laughter and most importantly, there will be recovery.
May I offer some reassurance...
Heather is a dually certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years experience in healthcare. In addition, she is certified in Perinatal Mental Health and has training in Brainspotting.
She is passionate about helping patients bridge the gaps in understanding about the interconnectedness of mental and physical health. Her unique blend of experience and training give her a realistic understanding of how these challenges are different, and need to be treated differently, during the stressors of the motherhood experience.
Heather is the founder of Joy Spring Mental Health. Her passion for college health developed during her time working in university student health services and is the reason she pursued further training and certification in psychiatry. Her passion for maternal mental health developed in response to her own experiences in the pregnancy and postpartum periods as well as her frustrations with the lack of resources in typical medical care. Her model is holistic, taking the time of longer appointments to build relationships with her patients so they can partner together for the patient’s success.
BSN-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Post-master’s PMHNP-Maryville University
(We pull for NCSU at our house)!
“Heather is approachable, relatable, and actually takes the time to listen.”