Child, Adolescent, Adult Psychiatry & Psychotherapy, Nutrition, Health & Wellness Services

Holly is the CEO and owner of Laguna Psych, Inc. She is dual licensed as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) and psychiatric / mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). As an NP, Holly sees patients independently and offers many of the same services as a medical doctor, yet combines both medical and nursing perspectives. Holly has experience in inpatient psychiatry, outpatient/private practice, chemical dependency, primary care, and emergency settings. After working in all of these settings, she saw the need in the community for higher quality mental health services that offered personalized care for patients, medication appointments that last 30 minutes instead of 5-10mins, and viewing the patient in a holistic manner, not just as seeing symptoms and disorders. She can diagnose, treat, and prescribe medications as a nurse practitioner. As a university professor at CSULB, she also teaches psychopharmacology and thus offers evidence-based expert consultations for patients and other clinicians in the community. She aims for the least amount of medications with her clients and believes that medications can assist as the catalyst for the work that is done in therapy, in addition to improving other aspects of self-care/healing.

Holly’s specialty areas include mood disorders, women's mental health, adolescent mental health, borderline personality disorder, and addiction/chemical dependency. Holly sees adolescents (age 12+) and adults for medication management /psychopharmacology consultations. Holly's practice style is one of collaboration with patients and she focuses on teaching, health promotion, and integrative care. She incorporates brief therapy into her work with clients and utilizes several different styles including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), solution-focused, and mindfulness to form an individual treatment plan with the client. Holly believes strongly in empowering her clients to take an active role in their physical and mental health, with a focus on a client's strengths and innate capacity to heal. For clients that are already connected with a therapist and are in need of a clinician for medications, Holly will work closely in collaboration with the therapist for the best solution-focused care of the client.

Clinical Training: UC San Francisco, Stanford Hospital, San Francisco General Hospital, San Mateo Medical Center/Psychiatric Residency Program

Post-Master's-Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner: Cal State University, Long Beach

Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner: Univ. of San Francisco

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Asian Religious Studies: UC Santa Barbara

Professional Experience:
1/09-present: Lecturer-Graduate Nursing: Cal State University, Long Beach

6/05-present: Private Practice-Outpatient Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

6/05-present: Psych Consult & Liaison Services-Substance, Residential and Community Settings

1/06-1/09: Associate Professor-Graduate Nursing: Western University of Health Sciences

12/05-12/06: Director of Health Services-Brookside Institute

1/03-6/06: Nurse Practitioner & Triage RN-Psychiatric ER & Inpatient Psych-County of San Mateo

1/04-1/05: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner-Pathways to Wellness-County of Alameda

1/02-6/03: Registered Nurse-Special Education-Half Moon Bay High School

ANCC National Board Certification-Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Practitioner Certificate-State of California
Nurse Practitioner Furnishing Certificate-State of California
Psychiatric Registered Nurse Designation-State of California
Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing-State of California
Registered Nurse-State of California
Public Health Nurse-State of California
Crisis Prevention Intervention Certification/Training
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Trained Clinician
Drug Enforcement Administration License

Active Memberships:
Board Member-Vice President of Corporate Affairs-Orange County Chapter, CANP
Advanced Practice Committee Member-American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)
State Member-California Association of Nurse Practitioners (CANP)
Member-CANP Orange County Chapter
Member-NAMI Orange County