Geoffrey FongARNP

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Geoffrey Fong, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC

You can learn more about my training and experiences by checking out my Curriculum Vitae.  

MY STORY

 

 

 

 


I have always had a desire to understand what makes things tick. 

 

I have always loved technology.  Throughout my childhood, I was exposed to the latest and greatest when it came to computers thanks to my father's work with IBM. I remember trying to pry open the computers to take a look at the supposedly "non-serviceable" parts when I was left alone.  I would playing around with all the settings of the various DOS programs and Windows Operating Systems.  Later on, I had a stint running my own Bulletin Board System (if anybody still knows what those are).  I also got to play with the internet at a pretty early age.

 

At some point during Middle School to High School, I started to develop a new fascination with brains and human thinking.  At the time, computers to me made sense--you could tell it what to do and it would it do it.  If it did not do what you wanted it to do, it was just a matter of giving it better instructions.  It was all logical to me.  Humans on the other hand, did not always seem logical to me.  Sure, I noticed that there were some general patterns but when it came to independent thought, behaviors and personality, I was fascinated by why there was so much variation.  Why were some people so negative or sad in situations that seemed pretty positive to me?  Why do some people have a temper and others seemingly did not?  Why do some people act one way in a certain stressful situation?  I had a lot of unanswered questions which I wanted to solve in the same manner that a computer could be reprogrammed.  Could brains be reprogrammed?  

 

During my early college studies, I learned that brains could be in fact be reprogrammed but it was not entirely analagous to programming a computer.  Humans are much more complex, it is not just about providing better instructions but understanding that there are complex biological, psychological, spiritual and social forces at play shaping everyone's decisions and experiences.  This understanding drove me towards switching majors from Computer Science to Psychology.  Inspired by my early psychopathology studies along with a few volunteer positions, I was drawn to the idea of providing direct patient mental health care.  After graduating, I spent a year working in psychological research, before pursuing a Masters in Psychology in Education.  This opened a door to working as a Case Manager in a Mental Health Residence with clients who were formerly homeless.  I was exposed to medication treatment and clients with severe psychosis, mood disorder and depression and anxiety.  My chance encounters with a few of my clients' Nurse Practitioner providers led me to exploring career path I had not previously considered.  The more I researched it, the more I realize that this was what I wanted to do.  

 

I completed my Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner training at Columbia University School of Nursing with a Subspecialty in Oncology.  During my time in the program, I focused heavily on children and adolescent mental health. I spent my Advanced Practice Clinical at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital in New York City as part of the Pediatric Consultation-Liaison and Emergency Services Team.  During my training, I gained an appreciation for the complex interplay between medical issues and psychiatric issues.  I also gained new perspective for the importance of holistic and collaborative treatment.  

 

I worked as a Nurse Practitioner in outpatient clinic settings in Lawrence and Haverhill, MA for a few years.  In 2014, I took on an additional role as a Nurse Practitioner in Partial Hospitalization settings with children and adolescent clients in Boston and Worcester, MA. I have since moved to Seattle, WA and I am excited to be working with both Puget Sound Psychotherapy and Psychiatry and The Center.  


My past experiences have shaped how I practice.  I strive to provide treatment that encompasses and addresses the complex biopsychosocial forces that shape each client's experience of life.  I strive to approach treatment collaboratively and as a partnership. It is not about the provider telling you what to do.  It is about us working together to formulate a treatment plan that meets both psychiatric guidelines and your needs. 

 

While computers took a backseat for awhile, I never lost my love of technology.  I am constantly looking for new ways where technology can inform and improve my work and psychiatric care in general.  I still love tinkering as well, but these days it is on customizing electronic medical health record systems to improve psychiatric documentation.