Lesley Arle PMHNP
I have been a nurse for over 20 years. I have always enjoyed one on one conversations with my patients. I became a Psychiatric NP to allow me to help people with the needs that are important to their lives. I have strong experience in treating mood disorders, anxiety and PTSD, although I work with patients with almost every psychiatric need.I have seen medications work effectively to help people with Depression or Bipolar Illness, so that they really feel well most of the time. I have found certain therapies like EMDR (Eye Movement Desenitization and Reprocessing) work quickly and throughly to free people of problems from past hurts. I am board certified with the ANCC and am licensed to prescribe psychiatric medications in Oregon.
PHILOSOPHY OF CARE
I have a client-centered approach to therapy and believe that clients are the best experts on themselves. Each client has strenghts that will help them work through the challenges in their lives. I see myself as a facilitator rather than a director and prefer to empower my client and collaboratively direct the therapy as we go along. I encourage and assist the development of self-confidence and self-support, as well as a healthy interdependence with the important people in my client’s lives.I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Solution Focus Therapy and a variety of other therapy styles to assist me clients. I also provide pet therapy with my lap dog Apple in the session, and my office manager’s lobby dog, Alfie, while you wait. The dogs are around if a client would like to cuddle or pet them during therapy and they help to create a more relaxed atmosphere in the office.