Cris Bissonnette

Psychiatric /Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - (at Berkeley Therapy Institute)
Board Certified, CA NP license number 22761

I provide psychiatric medication management to clients in California through telehealth only at this time.

My goal is to provide compassionate and competent care to everyone who comes into my office, especially those who may otherwise be unable or reluctant to access mental health care due to fear of stigma or lack of resources. My belief is that mental and emotional wellness is a nonlinear process, often characterized by periods of stability, growth, and occasional setbacks- and I am here to support clients in whatever stage they are in with compassion and non-judgment. I don’t believe medication is always warranted, but for those that it is it can be a key component of care, along with therapy and a healthy lifestyle. I view my work with clients as a collaborative effort to support their desired goals.

I have experience working with clients who are struggling with a variety of psychiatric and mood conditions as well as issues related to parenting, step-parenting, sexuality, grief and loss, addiction, trauma, gender identity, and relationships. I am trans-affirming, sex-positive, believe that intersectional feminism helps all genders and I am committed to supporting racial justice in my professional and personal life. I particularly enjoy working with people who identify as LGBTQ+ and individuals in non-traditional relationships and family structures such as ethical non-monogamy and platonic co-parenting.

I use a trauma-informed approach when working with clients, taking into account not only symptoms but also the social, environmental, and cultural context of their experiences. My frameworks include harm reduction, acceptance therapy, mindfulness, and attachment theory.


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