Vanessa Underwood PMHNP

I believe in supporting my clients and families to make constructive and positive choices for themselves.

Treatment Approach

My approach is to use medications if deemed necessary, as well as many theoretical approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and supportive therapy. I subscribe to, and follow, the Oregon State Board of Nursing and nursing ethics.

I also use the modality of Essence Illumination, which is a process that explores and illuminates the essence of who you are. Essence Illumination takes the perspective that all people are whole and complete, but may have barriers or blocks around the expression of their higher selves.


I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority practicing in Salem, Oregon. PMHNP’s are advanced practice nurses with graduate training in evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders. I see children, adolescents and adults for medication management. I also may do some combination of medication and therapy appointments.

I received my Associate Nursing Degree from Chemeketa Community College, in Salem, Oregon. I advanced my education at Phoenix University, receiving my Bachelor in nursing. Finally, I completed my education at Oregon Health & Science University, receiving my Masters Degree in Nursing, specializing in psychiatric mental health care.

Beyond my schooling, I gained experience working at Salem Hospital doing critical care nursing and dialysis. Before nursing, I worked for many years with people with developmental challenges and disabilities. I do not currently conduct disability evaluations.

Session Cost

  • $250.00 for initial session
  • $165 for 60-minute follow-up sessions
  • $125 for 30-minute follow-up sessions


Medication management for adults, adolescents, and children.


  • Credentials: Licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (license # 0184NP)
  • Experience: 9+ years in the medical field
  • Education: M.S. in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University (2011)
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