Ryan's 
Practice
Philosophy

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Most of our body's systems work well in optimal conditions and can recover from illness when provided with the proper supportive ingredients. The brain is no exception and it possesses the natural ability to heal itself. Sometimes due to extreme or repetitive psychological injury, the healing process is impaired and requires intervention. Therapy, medication, and other healing modalities can provide the supportive conditions required to re-establish healing. 

 

I am a discerning prescriber of psychotropic medication for clients who would benefit from its legitimate role in their healing process. Additionally, I offer high-quality, client-centered, and strength-based psychotherapy that is focused on healing and recovery. 

I practice from a holistic perspective and will evaluate pertinent lifestyle factors such as nutrition, activity level, stressors, sleep quality, relationships, and spiritual resources in order to identify your needs and help you restore your mental and physical health. 

The brain has an amazing ability to heal itself from psychological trauma. My role is to prepare and then guide my clients on that journey.  

About
Ryan

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Ryan and Lizzie

Ryan Gorman was born in Vermont and grew up in Virginia. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing from Southern Adventist University and completed her Master's degree in Nursing at University of Virginia. Before becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner 12 years ago, Ryan was a registered nurse for eight years and worked in orthopedics, outpatient surgery and inpatient psychiatry.

She enjoys hiking, gardening, tea ceremonies and reading. She is also devoted to her two cats, CoCo-Bean and Lizzie. 

Ryan lives in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia with her husband, Buddhist author Dhammadasa, and their two cats.

Experience

2015 - 2018     

 

PSYCHIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER / EMDR THERAPIST

Neighborhood Health, Alexandria, Virginia

2014 – 2015    

 

TELEHEALTH PSYCHIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER

Tele-Health Services, Northern Regional Medical Command, Crystal City, Virginia

2015 – 2016     

PSYCHIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER

Natural Horizons Wellness Center, Fairfax, Virginia

2013 – 2014    

 

PSYCHIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER

Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, Virginia

2014  

 

ADJUNCT FACULTY

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, Richmond, Virginia

Education & Training

2010 - Board-Certified Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, ANCC, Virginia

2007 - 2009 Masters of Science in Nursing, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

 

2000 - 2004 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, Tennessee 

2011 - EMDR Trained Part I & Part II

Awards

2015 - Service and Dedication Award, Neighborhood Health 

 

2011 - Excellence in New Knowledge and Innovation, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

2011 - True Collaboration, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System