Advanced Practice Nurse/Clinical Nurse Specialist- Board Certified

Education and Specialty

Mary Opara, B. Ed, RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist at Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals at the Johns Creek, GA location. She graduated from Brenau University where she obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree. Mary holds a Master's Degree in Adult Psychiatry and Mental Health Nursing from Georgia State University. Ms. Opara is licensed to provide mental health care to adults. She has over 16 years of experience in a variety of psychiatric settings.

Professional Development

Mary is affiliated with the ANCC, her credentials are renewed every five years for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Licensure. She has worked as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Registered Nurse for 10 years in a correctional facility in Georgia. During her training for Advanced Nursing, she has worked in two separate private practices in Lawrenceville, GA, as well as Grady Hospital mental health department. On procuring my Advanced Degree, she has worked in a variety of settings seeing patients for Psychiatric Assessment, Diagnosis, Medication Education/Management, and Psychotherapy. Settings to include Summit Ridge Hospital in Lawrenceville, GA in the Partial Hospitalization Program, DeKalb County Jail – Mental Health Department, and Strong Tower Behavioral Healthcare in Marietta, GA in private practice.

Awards, Service, Honors

Mary is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nurses.

Adult Medical Services

Mary style is collaborative, direct, and nonjudgmental, emphasizing authentic therapeutic connection and individual resilience, autonomy, and recovery. She has experience in and enjoy working with a diverse group of people and issues, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, bipolar illness, schizophrenia, schizoaffective, PTSD, OCD, trauma recovery, ADHD, and behavior change, especially around drug and alcohol use. Mary's focus is also on providing holistic care in way of promoting physical, mental, emotional, relational and spiritual health. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Nurse, Mary provides supportive therapy as well as manage and prescribe medications. Medications can be a sensitive topic. Her goal is to create a safe place and offer a balanced perspective to support you in making an informed decision about your care. Mary has psychotherapeutic training includes Psychodynamic, Humanistic, & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Mary uses aspects of these therapeutic modalities, rather than adhering to just one, in order to best serve the patient's needs. Mary believes that like snowflakes, no two individuals are alike. Mary seeks out client strengths to collaboratively build a return to healing. Mary's approach is to also work with the patient on relaxation techniques such as visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, and deep breathing. She has always been very committed to the care of her patients.

Fun Facts

Mary Opara is a loving wife and mother of four awesome children. During her spare time, she loves to travel, do volunteer work for the homeless and sing.

Contact Information

To schedule an appointment with Mary, please contact Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals, Johns Creek office at (470) 482-6508.