We’re back to introduce you to another clinician on the team! This week – our newest (and only!) psychiatric nurse practitioner, Celeste Kehoe. Celeste is currently seeing clients virtually and will continue to see clients in our office once we return to in-person counseling. We’re excited to have her on our team! Find out a little more about Celeste in this interview and call our office today (910) 790-5000 to schedule your first appointment with her.
Why did you decide to become a nurse practitioner (NP)?
I had worked as a registered nurse for several years prior to returning to graduate school to become a nurse practitioner. While active duty in the US Navy, I had the opportunity to work on an inpatient psychiatric unit and this is where I found my calling to work in psychiatry. I have always enjoyed talking with and listening to clients and the nurse practitioner role afforded me the chance to expand my role as a nurse. As a nurse practitioner, I feel I am still able to provide individualized care and take the time to truly form a therapeutic relationship with my clients.
“I’ve never met with an NP or psychiatric provider. What should I expect during my first appointment with you?”
During our initial appointment, I will collect information regarding your history and symptoms that you are experiencing. After listening to your concerns and answering any questions you may have, I will offer treatment recommendations. We will then collaboratively decide which treatment option, if any, would be best for you. I strongly believe that my clients should have an active role in their treatment. The best approach in most cases is the combination of therapy and medications. My role is to listen to your concerns and symptoms, make treatment recommendations and monitor your response to medications so that you have an optimal outcome.
“I have concerns starting or switching medications. Any insight or advice?”
Starting any medication whether it be for medical or psychiatric reasons can be worrisome. Whether we have decided together to try a new medication for the first time or switch from another, my approach is to go low and slow. This helps to minimize any side effects and allows you to adjust to the medication.
What book are you currently reading or podcast are you currently listening to?
I try to read a new book each month. Currently for pleasure reading I am reading, “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate. As I feel it is important to continuously keep abreast of new information and continuing education, I am also reading “Eating Disorders – A guide to Medical Care and Complications” by Dr. Philip Mehler and Dr. Arnold Andersen.
One thing you want your clients to know about you?
I have worked in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, clinical research trials, correctional facilities and on a university campus. All of these experiences have helped me grow as a prescriber and nurse practitioner.