Advanced Practice Registered Nurse- Board Certified

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. Ms. Opara is licensed to provide mental health care to adults. She has over 16 years of experience in a variety of psychiatric settings. 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.

Approach

My style is collaborative, direct, and nonjudgmental, emphasizing authentic therapeutic connection and individual resilience, autonomy, and recovery. I have experience in and enjoy working with a diverse group of people and issues, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, bipolar illness, trauma recovery, ADHD, and behavior change, especially around drug and alcohol use. My 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, I provide supportive therapy as well as manage and prescribe medications. Medications can be a sensitive topic. My goal is to create a safe place and offer a balanced perspective to support you in making an informed decision about your care.

My psychotherapeutic training includes Psychodynamic, Humanistic, & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I use aspects of these therapeutic modalities, rather than adhering to just one, in order to best serve my patients’ needs. Like snowflakes, no two individuals are alike. I seek out client strengths to collaboratively build a return to healing.

My approach is to also work with you on relaxation techniques such as visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, and deep breathing. I have always been very committed to the care of my patients. With my spare time, I enjoy traveling, volunteering and singing.