Berger Dooley, P.M.H.N.P. – B.C.
Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
I completed my Bachelor's in Nursing in 1974 from State University of New York at Binghamton. After 2 years of working in medical-surgical nursing and pediatrics, I returned to school to complete my Master's in Community Mental Health-Psychiatric Nursing in 1978 from Arizona State Univeristy (ASU). After 18 years working in the mental health field, I returned to school at ASU to complete a certification post graduate program from Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
I treat adults with a wide variety of issues. I specialize in psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Most patients benefit from combining therapy with medication treatment and majority of people are referred by therapists and are already involved in therapy, which I strongly support.
Medication can be very helpful on a short term basis for situational stressors and/or depression that impairs functioning. Medication can also be a lifesaver and greatly improves quality of life for ongoing mood disorders. I believe strongly in the ability of the patient to grow and change and therefore I encourage therapy, life style changes, education in the form of classes or reading materials as an adjunct to medication treatment. I offer a mindful living class - a present focused technique for preventing depression and anxiety and living life more fully and skillfully.
I love what I do. It is an honor to assist people in their journey to a more satisfying life.