Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
Paul Samuelson, ARNP
I am a board certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and hold a Masters degree in Nursing, specializing as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I have had the good fortune of developing my skills in many settings, including inpatient, residential and outpatient. I was trained at the nationally recognized #1 School of Nursing, University of Washington. I worked for four years at Seattle Children’s Hospital on the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit, and spent 4 years as a nurse manager at one of Washington’s long-term inpatient treatment centers for children. Because of this background, I offer expertise in a broad spectrum of child and adolescent psychiatric conditions.
I will partner with you to develop a plan that supports your treatment goals as they relate to your physical and mental health needs. While change can be powerful and exciting, it can also be very difficult. I appreciate that this is challenging and will support you as you take steps towards your personal goals. Most often it is the small “baby steps” we take that lead to long-term and permanent change. I will meet you where you are and continually provide relevant and supportive education. My practice philosophy centers on using medication, not as a fix, but rather as a tool “making the job easier”, as you build coping skills and gain insight into your life and inner process. I appreciate that mental health is achieved when all facets of our person are addressed.
While medication can be a very meaningful intervention it is imperative to be careful and deliberate about its use. I work diligently to engage my clients in learning about how a medication may impact their mind and body while also targeting debilitating symptoms in need of relief. There are many different ways to use medication in a supportive fashion. By developing a safe, trustworthy and nonjudgmental environment I hope to allow those in my care to share their concerns, fears and beliefs.
If you are not ready to take medication but want to develop a plan for the future, I can also support you through this process. For those on multiple medications looking for an overall reduction in their medication regime, I will work with you to find the “perfect balance” and restore your sense of self.
I value working with practitioners of different specialties. I will gladly work in collaboration with other practitioners in an effort to prioritize and streamline your care, keeping your priorities front and center and supporting you in making changes at a pace you are comfortable with.