Rebecca moved to the Bay Area in the Summer of 2021 from the East Coast. She relocated from a rural populace and is enjoying living in an urban environment that has a diverse population. She and her small dog are loving the California sunshine and the ample authentic restaurants the Bay Area has to offer. She enjoys all water-based activities and is looking forward to exploring Lake Tahoe. She is an avid reader, dog-lover, and passionate about women’s health.
Rebecca Blakesley, PMHNP
Rebecca is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a focus on managing care for patients with depression, anxiety, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
More about Rebecca Blakesley, PMHNP
Rebecca has always been fascinated with how the mind works and how the role of an individual’s relationships, genetics, and environmental factors contribute to their well-being. At age sixteen, Rebecca enrolled in college with a particular interest in child development, which expanded her curiosity about psychiatric conditions and holistic treatment approaches. Following years of working in psychiatric units as a Psychiatric Registered Nurse, she recently completed for nurse practitioner degree to to enhance her understanding of psychiatric conditions and treatment modalities.
She offers an empathetic approach that promotes an open environment where the patient feels comfortable addressing their concerns and specific circumstances, which then allows for individualized treatment options. She recognizes and appreciates that the decision to seek out psychiatric treatment is a major decision that often occurs when a patient is in a particularly vulnerable spot in their life. She strives to provide a supportive environment and empowers patients to make informed decisions about their psychiatric treatment.
Rebecca believes the patient should be informed of all treatment options, including non-pharmacological options such as both Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Esketamine Nasal Spray. She believes TMS can be a great option for certain patients- especially those who are medication resistant to antidepressants or patients who have not been able to tolerate traditional pharmacological interventions. Rebecca has seen successful outcomes for patients who are medication resistant to antidepressants receive TMS with significant improvement of their depressive symptoms.
Education & Experience
Rebecca received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts.
She began her nursing career at Heritage West Hall in Agawam, Massachusetts. She offered physiological and psychosocial care to patients on the subacute rehabilitation floor with physician supervision at this nursing facility. She provided skilled nursing care and holistic treatments to patients, with an emphasis on comfort and dignity for end-of-life patients.
She served as a Psychiatric Registered Nurse at Vibra Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts. She provided long-term care for acute patients in a forensic psychiatric facility and demonstrated clinical aptitude with patients that presented with a wide range of psychiatric comorbidities. She monitored patients for side effects of pharmacologic agents such as seizure activity, Serotonin Syndrome, etc. She gained valuable experience working directly with patients who suffer from significant mental distress.
She did travel nursing as a psychiatric nurse for several inpatient facilities treating patients of all populations, ages, and backgrounds. In this role, she assessed patients’ mental and physical health, helped develop treatment plans, consulted with psychiatrists and other health professionals, and assisted with medication management.
She received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. The program, noted for developing skills for nurse leadership in patient-centered health care delivery and helping practicing RNs pursue a further degree that prepares them for meaningful work in patient care, helped her prepare for this next stage of her nursing career.
Certifications & Memberships
- Member, American Psychiatric Nurses Association
- Member, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
- Certified, Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training