Eliza Brink, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Vermont, and earned my Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Washington, with a specialty in family psychiatric nursing. As a trained and experienced nurse practitioner, I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments, diagnose and prescribe medication to both children and adults. I have a specific interest in working with adolescents and young adults, with most of my practice made up of clients ages 12 years and older.
My recent experience has been working in a busy primary care setting as a psychiatric consultant, where I focused primarily on medication management. I understand the critical importance of collaboration with other professionals, and have worked closely with therapists, social workers, primary care doctors and other specialists, to provide the best possible care for my clients. My practice and experience includes a broad spectrum of clients with a wide range of medical and psychiatric diagnoses, including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder and adjustment disorders.
In conjunction with my role in private practice, I am concurrently working as a Clinical Faculty at Harborview Medical Center for the University of Washington's School of Nursing. Additionally, I am pursuing my Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) at University of Washington with the expected graduation date of 2017. Both of these experiences benefit my practice, as I remain up to date on the latest research and evidence based practice guidelines.
I grew up in a rural town in the Mid-Atlantic, and went to college at University of Vermont. It was during my undergraduate program that I was fortunate enough to travel to several countries and volunteer at a variety of shelters, hospitals, and orphanages. I spent a significant amount of time in Southeast Asia, South America and Tanzania. During my junior year, I took the opportunity to study abroad in Brisbane, Australia. I enjoyed my time there so much, that I moved there after college to work as a nurse, and worked inpatient on medical and neurology units. My passion for travel and the amazing people I have met on my journeys have given me the invaluable experiences of learning about how health and mental health is culturally and socially impacted. I am keenly aware of how an individual’s culture and background can influence how they cope with and understand difficult situations and mental illness.
I moved back to the States to Seattle with my husband in 2011 to begin graduate school. I am lucky enough to now call the Pacific Northwest home. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, hiking and running with my dog (Zoe).
My first goal in treatment is to get to know my clients and understand their story. I believe in the importance of meeting the client where they’re at. As your psychiatric nurse practitioner, I can help you make informed decisions regarding treatment decisions and symptom management. I find that medication can be an extremely helpful tool for a multitude of mental health concerns, providing relief both in the short and long term. In conjunction with medication, I believe that there are other and complementary ways to help my clients achieve relief from stress and mental illness, like lifestyle changes and therapy. I am committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to all of my clients, individualized to their specific needs and expectations.
My clients tell me that I am easy to get along with, empathetic and engaging. I look forward to working with you.
For more in-depth information about my practice, please visit my website: www.elizabrink.wordpress.com