Heather Herman, PMH-NP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Heather’s approach is framed by the foundations of caring and compassion inherent in nursing. She is particularly interested in helping patients understand the interconnectedness of their physical and mental health. She enjoys working with patients to help support their growth and development from a holistic perspective.
Clients she works with
Heather helps patients of all ages recover from mental and behavioral health conditions. She especially enjoys getting to know and assist patients from all walks of life as they work toward becoming their best selves. Heather’s approach is to celebrate the diversity of the human experience with respect and works with patients from a variety of backgrounds (LGBTQ, college students, veterans, minorities, parents, etc). She is intentional in making her interactions with patients safe and welcoming. Patients and colleagues describe her as friendly and approachable.
Areas she works in
She has worked in the emergency department, public health education, urgent care, family practice, and college health settings.
Heather applies a step-wise approach of medication, natural treatments, and behavioral approaches (mindfulness, organizational/life skills training, motivational interviewing) to maximize efficacy and tolerability of the treatment plan. She works closely with therapists and medical providers to ensure patients have an integrated plan that promotes health and wellness both physically and mentally.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill, her Master’s of Science in Nursing from Duke University, and her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification from Maryville University. In addition, she is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Heather grew up in West Jefferson, North Carolina. She enjoys spending time with her three children, husband, and two dogs. She is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the North Carolina Association of Nurses (NCNA).
What guides you in your work as a [psychiatrist, psychiatric PA, or psychiatric NP]?
Because my treatment approach includes medication and behavioral components as well as natural treatment options, it is very important that I stay up-to-date on current research and continuing education. I want to make sure that the treatments I share with patients are proven to be safe, effective, and well tolerated. By being systematic in my approach, I can reduce medications and side effects. It is a privilege to see patients improve and recover and I recognize the honor of having them share their lives, goals, and difficulties with me.
What are your guiding principles in this work?
My guiding principle is to treat patients the way I would like to be treated. I hope my patients appreciate that I will be honest and realistic with them. They should feel accepted and heard and should know that even when they are challenged, it is with support and encouragement.
What’s something that people are surprised to learn about you?
I consider myself an introvert. I am very talkative and outgoing so I think most people think I am much more extroverted than I am. (This may be why I think it is so important to really get to know my patients and not try to force them into a box or label based on stereotypes and outward appearances).
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