Sandra Alvarado, MS, RN, NPP, PMHCNS-BC is an instructor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing, where she received her Master’s Degree. She is a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioner and certified psychotherapist with over 37 years of advanced clinical practice.
She provides psychotherapy and medication management to adults with diverse mental health needs including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, addiction, trauma, psychosis and acute phase of life stressors. Her clinical interests include the mental health needs of underserved Latina women and adults with co-occurring depression and diabetes.
The mind and body are interconnected through the interaction of psychological, social and biological factors. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, a holistic and team based approach such as that available in our integrated primary care-mental health practice, provides an ideal setting for achieving both physical and emotional health. Modalities include evidence based interventions of medication management, psychodynamic, mindfulness based cognitive behavioral strategies, and supportive therapy to optimize coping and stress management skills and enhance resilience. The importance of social factors means we also pay attention to issues of gender, ethnicity, race and culture.
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Call 212-326-5705 or schedule an appointment online through the Connect patient portal.