Feed the diet of the evolving self - Ana Forrest
Ashley Cerny, ARNP
I have been working in the field of mental health since 2001 but understood this arena as my "home" since I was a child. My broad background includes cognitive neuroimaging research, addictions treatment, group home care for adults with disabilities, short and long-term inpatient psychiatric care as well as community mental health care clinics serving families and chronically mentally ill adults. In 2015 I transitioned into private practice and began focusing on women's mental health.
While I practice standard western psychiatry and prescribe medications, my personal and professional growth is also focused on functional medicine and holistic wellness. Our wellness plan may involve a wide range of interventions depending on the need. For instance, modifying daily habits, psycho-education, health and sleep education, mindfulness practice, consideration of nutritional status, immune, thyroid or hormone function.
I understand psychiatric illness and mental health struggles as the result of many interacting factors including biology, genetics, family/ancestral history, environment, relationships and spirituality. I offer a supportive, non-judgmental space, provide tools to ease distress, prevent relapse, foster empowerment and wellbeing.
Often I am asked if my services include talk therapy. While we may explore life stressors, inter and intra-personal struggles I do not offer formal talk therapy sessions. I encourage many of my clients to find a therapist who is a good fit for their needs and style.