Ellen — thanks for resurrecting this old thread. I hadn’t seen it before.
A little over three years ago, after a pretty severe physical and mental meltdown from PTSD, depression, anxiety, stress, etc., I was in serious need of a good psychiatrist. I got that suggestion from a psychiatrist in the cardiac ward where I had spent the day.
None were available, but someone in my doctor’s office (where I‘ve almost exclusively been seeing nurse practitioners for nearly 20 years) suggested I see a friend of her’s, who had just moved back into the local area. Her friend was a psychiatric nurse practitioner.
I can unequivocally say that it saved my life.
I continue to see the psychiatric nurse practitioner approximately once per month.
I read your blog. It is what she is all about.
I won’t go into much more detail. I think she has more issues than I do, but we have many similar issues. She has been a true godsend. I believe I’ve also helped her a lot.
With our combined issues, we have been able to work out a lot of issues. She is so well regarded that she almost always has psychiatric or clinical psychology students observing her sessions with me and many others.
I think you are on the right track. I have an appointment with her in two days. I will bring my electronic notebook with me and show her your info. She stays overwhelmed –which she has helped me learn to overcome. So, she may not get in touch with you.
The main thing is for people to know that there are so many good people, like you and her out there, that we all need to promote what you do.