PMHNP-BC, ARNP, MSN
Nationally Board Certified
Psychiatric Medication Prescribing and Ongoing Management
Psychiatric Mental Health and Positive Wellness / Psychotherapy
I believe in what I do, I am passionate about what I do, and I know that I can help people with their issues that prevent them from experiencing the best quality of life possible.
Areas of Expertise
Psychiatric Medication Management &
People often ask what my credentials mean (ARNP, PMHNP-BC). I am an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Nationally Board Certified in that specialty. I work very much as a Psychiatrist in that I am licensed to evaluate, diagnose, and prescribe the appropriate psychiatric medications for the patients I treat, and regularly monitor my patient’s progress. In addition, I am professionally trained and practice psychotherapy, either solely or in conjunction with psychotropic medication management. I can treat a variety of psychiatric or mental illnesses.
Specifically, I have specialized in:
- Anxiety disorders
- Bipolar illness
- Mood disorders
- Eating disorders
- Personality disorders
- Addictions and recovery support
- Grief and loss
Patients I treat range in age from 13 years old to 88 years old and come from all walks of life.
Education & Experience
I am extremely passionate about the work that I do and take great pride in helping each and every one of the patients I treat. My treatment approach is individualized and tailored to each person’s needs. I feel it is important to educate along the way, so that treatment suggestions or approaches are fully understood. I take the time that is needed both on the comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation and follow-up visits. My priority is helping those I treat to reach their fullest potential possible, and increase their quality of life that they deserve!
I currently have a private outpatient Psychiatric Mental Health Practice in Highlands, NC since August 2018. I am now here full-time. Prior to this, I had a very full outpatient practice in Naples, Florida as well as working at the Counseling Center at Florida Gulf Coast University in SW Florida, working in the Psychiatric Department.
I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in their Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate program with Summa Cum Laude honors. I chose this university because of its excellent reputation and longevity of their esteemed Medical School.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I cannot thank Rachel enough for all of the support she has given me. I have seen many other mental health practitioners with no luck. When I thought there was no hope left, I came across Rachel's website online and scheduled an appointment. Since seeing her, Rachel has worked tirelessly to adjust my medications and found a combo that has truly altered my life. Thank you, Rachel!
Dr. Rachel is a gem and treasure for the western North Carolina community. Over the past 14 years, I have flown to Boston quarterly and order to find someone like Rachel: engaged and current. She strikes the perfect balance between behavioral and medicinal approaches. Specifically, what I like most about her is that she is a minimalist in that she helps the mentee get to the basics around medicine and self care/ creating a safe team & space that promote lasting well being. I recommend her to anyone seeking a dependable, trustworthy and direct mental health specialist.
Rachel has been such a blessing in my family and I's life. Helping me find the right medication for me has made me a better husband, father, brother, and friend.
I would recommend her services 100x over.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS!
Call for availability to schedule a comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation, follow-up medication appointments, or psychotherapy.
Typical office hours Monday-Friday 9am- 5pm, or by appointment.
Office is located across from Town Hall in Highlands, above Molly Grace store. It is an upstairs office, with entrance in the REAR of the building. If steps are an issue for you, other arrangements can be made.
209 N. 4th St
Highlands NC 28741