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Sunstone Psychiatric is a group of caring clinicians providing mental health services sharing in common a commitment to help clients improve their lives through quality care, individualized treatment, and evidence-based practice.  


 
 

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practictioner (PMHNP)

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has completed advanced medical training so as to be able to provide specialized care with an independent scope of practice. At Sunstone, we focus on the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of a variety of mental and behavioral health concerns.  Treatment plans may include prescription medication, brief psychotherapy, and/or appropriate referrals. While a PMHNP’s work is similar to a psychiatrist’s in many ways, the approach comes from a nursing tradition: placing a high value on the autonomy of those with whom we work and an appreciation of the individual in the context of their larger lives.

 

Mental Health Therapist

A mental health therapist at Sunstone is a clinician who has completed graduate work and obtained licensure in an area of social work, counseling, or psychology qualifying them to provide specialized talk-based interventions to address areas of crisis or concern as well as support overall mental wellness.  They help clients build cognitive and emotional skills to thrive and serve as an empathetic and genuine guide.

 
 

Practitioners


 
Annie Hood
 
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Annie Hood

PMHNP-BC

Annie is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), providing psychiatric services to adults ages 18 and older.  She received advanced practice training at Oregon Health & Science University, graduating with an MSN. With Board Certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a lifespan Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC).

As a PMHNP, she worked with young people experiencing first episodes of psychosis, folks with criminal justice involvement in community and corrections settings, with students in a college health center, and in substance use treatment settings. Her specialities include treatment of mood issues, psychosis, anxiety, trauma, and medication-assisted treatment of substance use concerns. Her approach is very client-centered, warm and collaborative, utilizing supportive and brief psychotherapies alongside evidence-based pharmacotherapeutic interventions to support an individual’s goals for mental health.

 

Larissa Birndorf

MSW, PMHNP-BC

Larissa is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Her initial training was completed at the University of California, Los Angeles where she earned a graduate degree in the field of social work. This contributed to the foundation of her practice philosophy - building therapeutic rapport, listening with an empathetic ear, and supporting clients in achieving the quality of life they desire through collaborative and holistic care.

In an effort to further her ability to provide supportive services, she later went on to complete specialized training at Oregon Health & Science University and received an advanced practice nursing degree thus expanding her scope of practice to include the prescription of psychiatric medications.  Larissa values the utilization of clinical research, carefully weighing risks vs. benefits and takes a conservative approach to prescribing when indicated.

 
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Sofia Khan

LCSW
 

Marla Castello

PMHNP

Sofia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Oregon. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin and continued with the university to receive her Master’s in Clinical Social Work. She provides psychotherapy through a multicultural framework to help promote holistic mental wellness through a therapeutic style that invites laughter, respect, and sincerity.

As a clinical social worker, she has a background of helping to empower people in community mental health, residential, and school-based settings. She strives to help her clients live in a way that inspires deeper fulfillment and balance by harnessing their natural ability to cope with stress, emotional pain, and safely exploring intersecting identities. Her areas of focus have been working with folks who have been impacted by anxiety, depression, racial and cultural concerns, and challenges that arise with life transitions.

 

Marla is licensed as a PMHNP in the state of Oregon and holds national board certification. While her primary role is evaluation, diagnosis and treatment with psychotropic medications, she believes non-pharmacologic treatment strategies such as psychotherapy, exercise, mindfulness and sleep hygiene are important and will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan. Her practice style draws from humanistic and cognitive therapeutic approaches, including unconditional positive regard and collaborative decision-making.

Marla has worked in the field of mental health since 2011, first as an ABA therapist for children on the autism spectrum, later as a psychiatric nurse and finally as a nurse practitioner. She has a BA in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara, BS in Nursing and DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Marla is always expanding and updating her knowledge base with continued education courses, conferences and readings.