Monty Owens, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and my Masters Degree in Nursing from the University of Washington. The services I provide include psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, medication management and therapy . I use evidence-based interventions to best meet the needs of my client, and tailor my treatments to the individual, while incorporating the goals of my clients in their treatment plan. I see clients dealing with several mental health issues and diagnoses including but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar spectrum disorders, psychotic disorders, PTSD, adjustment disorders, drug & alcohol abuse, and ADHD/ADD in both children and adults.
I was born in Upstate New York and grew up in a small town where there was limited discussion of “mental illness”. Some of my family members suffered from depression, anxiety and substance abuse. I was always described as the “helper” and the “caring” one. These natural tendencies led me to nursing school. After graduating I moved to Seattle to be with my family who had relocated here. I practiced as an RN for 10 years. I worked on medical surgical floors helping people recover from surgery and preparing to be discharged home. It was while doing this work where I encountered and took care of many patients with mental health diagnoses trying to recover from their surgeries and struggle.. Their mental health often became exacerbated while they were in the hospital and they needed extra help to reach their goals. I found myself attracted to these patients and “signing up” to take care of them. I was able to connect with them and help them though a stressful time in their life. Through this work I decided I wanted to specialize in mental health.
Since graduating with my Masters Degree in 2013, I have been working in the outpatient setting with individuals helping them reach their goals. I have seen the results of effective and efficient mental health care. I have cared for patients who have been severely ill in anddischarged from a recent inpatient stay in a psychiatric hospital recover, have their symptoms treated and become fully functional again, returning to work and caring for their families. It is in this work that I find a great deal of joy and satisfaction with my role as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
Working one on one with my patients has taught me the power of the therapeutic relationship. This is really the cornerstone of what I do. I have found if I can understand what a client is really saying and needs, I can help them. I respect that each client has a set of goals and I use evidence-based approaches to meet them. I use medications as appropriate and integrate therapy into the process. Medications can be very helpful, and adding therapy can improve and speed up results, which is why I integrate both modalities into my practice. I provide a safe place for clients to express themselves and we work together to find practical ways to improve their mood or mental health concerns.