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Education: I have trained as both a Family Nurse Practitioner (Florida Atlantic University) with a minor in Gerontology, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (State University of New York). I completed my Doctorate (Case Western Reserve University) in 2010 with a focus on mental health barriers for children in rural health communities, and am currently completing a Masters In Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine (University of South Florida).
Certifications: I am Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through American Nurse Credentialing Centers. I’m an active Fellow with A4M (Academy Of Anti-Aging Medicine). I am Board Certified as an Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine Clinician.
Experience: I have 26 years experience working in healthcare in many different settings both inpatient and outpatient, my patient’s range in age from 4 to 99. I have had 3 successful practices in South and Central Florida since 1999 and am pleased to announce my new location in Ashland, Oregon.
Clinical Focus: I become frustrated with the cookie cutter treatments that were being offered in today's healthcare environment, thus my pursuit for additional more encompassing education to actually assist my people in healing. I operate under a humanistic* philosophy, which means I am able to use whichever modality best fits your needs. I incorporate a functional, integrative, and regenerative approach that includes finding, then treating “causes” rather than “conditions”. This requires very specific education and experiences, which I have attained over the past 28 years. My goals are to get a complete picture of your symptoms through various modalities, educate you, and become your partner in improved health.
You are not just a medical or psychiatric patient, you are an integrated, unique human being who may or may not have health concerns that need to be addressed. Together we can accomplish this so you can live a more comfortable, productive and peaceful existence. I look forward to working with you :)
* humanism; an outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems.
Sunny Hassinger, MA QMHP
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” (Anais Nin)
I believe that each person is unique with their own special gifts and challenges. Utilizing an eclectic therapeutic approach, I aim to assist individuals on their journey to overall mental, emotional and spiritual health.
My passionate interest in human psychology began at a young age. I was born in an international city in southeast India. Being raised there, in other countries and all over the US gave me a unique perspective on the diversities of humans, varying cultures and overall outlooks on life. During my twenties I continued to travel the globe while receiving my BA in cultural anthropology through Long Island University. Much of my learning was hands on and I experienced working with several different women’s groups, orphanages, village schools and individuals from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
Upon returning to live in the US, going to graduate school to become a counselor seemed like a natural fit. The education and hands on learning as well as self growth opportunities I received from Argosy University in Seattle, only solidified my choice in profession.
Over the past five years I have been able to work with a variety of ages and backgrounds. I worked at Western Washington University with college age students. I have co-lead groups such as grief and LGBTQ. Since making my home in Oregon three years ago, I have been able to work with amazing local non-profits such as CASA and Family Solutions. Becoming part of the team at Ashland Integrative Care seemed like a natural fit. Here I am able to continue helping those from a variety of backgrounds and outlooks on life.
Making changes in our lives, even when desired, can seem overwhelming and difficult. As a counselor I want to help others make successful changes and live the lives they want to live.
I believe counseling is most helpful when it is an active collaboration between the client and the counselor. Built on trust, our relationship has the potential to help you heal past trauma, resolve a current crisis, discover new and healthier approaches to life challenges, and/or, set and achieve life goals. My practice draws from Western theoretical models, such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and from Eastern practices of mindfulness. Above all, the focus of my practice is to assist you on your unique journey towards wellness, self-acceptance and a richer, fuller life experience.
For some clients, there are alternatives to counseling that may be done in conjunction with counseling to enhance its effects. The following examples are different actions that may result in healing and facilitating wellness: exercise, nutrition, medical treatment, addiction treatment (such as, AA), meditation, or, medication.
HeatherOur receptionist Heather is a recent graduate of Southern Oregon University with a B.S. in business administration and a minor in psychology. Always friendly and willing to help, Heather is a native of the Rogue Valley who still loves the area and plans on staying to be near friends and family.
LaurenNurse Lauren works with us part time. She also works at the hospital and is in school to advance her degree to become a Nurse Practitioner.
Lauren has her Bachelors degree from Southern Oregon University in Psychology and her Nursing Degree from Institute of Technology in Salem Oregon.
Lauren has lived in Ashland for 5 years and loves it here. She enjoys hiking, playing tennis and bowling.