Meet Adria Goodness, MN, PMHNP-BC
Philosophy of Care
I come to mental health via humankind’s most enduring healing arts—midwifery and nursing. The philosophies of both celebrate empowerment. Nursing philosophy is holistic, which means that I look at the “big picture” including your function and strengths, while exploring the struggles or symptoms that led you to seek help. Although I am no longer practicing midwifery, I continue to draw heavily on the philosophy and I strive to create a health care experience that "respects human dignity, individuality and diversity among groups."
Experience & Skills
Having worked in the physical and mental health care of women, infants and children for more than 25 years, I am no stranger to suffering, triumph, and transformation. My professional experiences in a variety of settings and roles have provided different lenses for understanding health and wellness across life cycles. These have included:
- Primary care of Latino families in a migrant health clinic, as a registered nurse
- Adolescent psychiatric care in public schools, as a registered nurse & nurse practitioner
- Delivering babies to the arms of astonished parents, as a nurse-midwife
- Psychiatric care of adults in a private practice setting, as a nurse practitioner
When working with individuals during key developmental windows including the transition to adulthood, the childbearing years, through menopause and beyond, I draw on the bridge of my dual specialty training in women’s physical health and psychiatry.
My feminist orientation and comfort with hormonal physiology, fetal and infant development, and the relational adjustments related to parenting are of particular benefit to those experiencing premenstrual distress, infertility, pregnancy loss and abortion, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I can also be helpful to those who are gestating or parenting multiples.
Approach to Treatment
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) I can offer you psychotherapy and/or medical, behavioral and complimentary treatments. Since many issues and symptoms are related to multiple factors, your treatment will be multifaceted as you learn what makes you feel healthy and happy. Together, we'll choose the focus of our efforts and your path to feeling well.
Sometimes, individuals arrive taking ineffective medications, or having uncomfortable side effects. I will address your medication-related concerns and expenses while minimizing the discomfort that can accompany changes.
Since the experiences of wellness and distress take place in the context of interpersonal relationships, I can include loved ones in your care, with your permission. I can provide information and guidance in an emotionally safe, ethical, and confidential atmosphere, in order to maximize the support you receive from those who matter most. I also collaborate with other medical professionals involved in your care, with your permission, to improve your treatment plan, general function and lived experience.
- Post Master's Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing—Oregon Health & Sciences University, 2011
- Master's of Nursing in Nurse-Midwifery—Oregon Health & Sciences University, 2003
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing—Oregon Health & Sciences University, 1997
- W. Newton Long Award for E-Course project development from the American College of Nurse-Midwives, 2017
- Top Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Portland Monthly Magazine, 2015, 2016 & 2018
- Transcultural Nursing Award—Oregon Health & Sciences University, 2003
Nurse-Midwife Nurse Practitioner
- 201150103NP Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Certified Nurse-Midwife
- Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Oregon Health & Sciences University, Affiliate Faculty, May 2015
- American College of Nurse-Midwives, Member
- Oregon Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, Member
- Postpartum Support International, Member
- The Baby Blues Connection, Sponsor