Vancouver WA & Portland OR
Our mission is to provide integrative, creative care from a prism of honor, reverence, and optimism.
Ruth Rogers, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric / Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
I entered my nursing career later in life, bringing with me many years of lived experience that enhance my ability to help those who come to me seeking change and stability. I grew up in a military family and later married a military man, giving me the opportunity of living abroad and in various parts of the United States and thereby experiencing many different cultures. I learned early in life to appreciate the rich diversity of perspectives offered by that unique lifestyle.
I initially earned a degree in engineering, working in software development during the “dot com boom” years of massive industry expansion, and experienced as well its subsequent crash after 9/11. My life experiences have taught me that “normal” behavior is often more a function of societal expectations and biases than a genuine operating principle. I have lived a life of both successes and failures, and gained an understanding of both as an integral part of anyone’s existence. The things I’ve learned in the classroom of life have served as a valuable foundation to my subsequent education as a nurse and psychiatric nurse practitioner.
My educational background includes a Bachelors of Nursing from Linfield College, a Masters in Nursing from Washington State University, and over a decade of working with people in a variety of practice settings. My greatest learning experience, however, has been working together with people from all walks of life. Each person’s life is a unique adventure.
I view trauma as one of the least understood aspects of human existence, in that its effect is based not just on a single event, but on the entirety of an individual’s life before, at the time of, and after the trauma occurs. Depression, anxiety, altered consciousness, and even psychosis can result from traumatic experiences. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I can help you find ways of bringing those symptoms under control to allow the healing process to proceed. With time, you may find that you in fact aren’t the person you once were at all, but someone better, stronger, and capable of even greater things than before.
I believe that true wellness comes with the healthy integration of mind, body, and spirit. Anyone seeking to surmount personal challenges and lead a full and meaningful life can best do so through a holistic approach incorporating treatment of all three areas. While my primary focus is on medication management, I prefer to approach it from a holistic, whole-person perspective, wherein medication is not a solution, but just one of the tools that may be necessary for helping to achieve that goal. Working together, we can find a solution that works for you.
In my private time, you can find me playing with my beautiful granddaughter, or listening to audiobooks while up to my armpits working on one of my many freshwater aquariums, playing with yarn, clay, paper, or whatever craft has most recently captured my interest, or tinkering with my never-ending backyard aquaponic greenhouse project.