“Liz Burkholder is a Family Nurse Practitioner and the owner of a private health and wellness clinic, Burkholder Wellness, in Charlotte, North Carolina. She offers trauma-informed care for her patients/clients for a variety of issues; from wellness visits (physicals, screenings, vaccines), to sick visits (flu, strep, sinus/allergy issues), to mental and emotional health concerns (depression, anxiety).”
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: Burkholder Wellness, PLLC | Phone: 704-426-3378 & 312-491-8105 | Facebook: www.facebook.com/BurkholderWellness | Instagram: www.instagram.com/burkholderwellness | Practice Location: 5200 Park Rd, Suite 207D, Charlotte, NC
About Liz Burkholder
One of my biggest passions is helping people overcome depression, anxiety, PTSD (resulting from childhood trauma, high Adverse Childhood Experiences, and childhood sexual abuse). As a survivor myself, it is so important for me to give back and help spark the path of hope and healing for those patients who sometimes feel there is none, and to those who may feel alone, misunderstood, overwhelmed, or hopeless. I work closely with my clients to assist them in their healing journey, no matter where they are on that continuum. I am also in the process of getting trained for clinical hypnotherapy to further help my patients/clients in their healing process.
I am a licensed family nurse practitioner (FNP) in North Carolina and board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). I have 10yrs experience in the nursing and healthcare field (3 yrs as an NP, 7yrs as an RN). I began my nursing career in 2006 following an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Itawamba Community College in my home state of Mississippi. From there I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN) from the University of North Alabama in 2009. Committed to my education and lifelong learning, I completed my Master’s Degree, Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP), from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 2013.
During my RN career, I’ve held positions in several hospitals around the country, including Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, MD and George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., where I was a charge nurse and team leader of a 51-bed unit. I have worked in multiple areas of nursing, including oncology units [where I was chemo-certified and an oncology certified nurse (OCN)], bone marrow transplant (BMT) units, medical/surgical units, and pulmonary step-down units.
During my NP career, I have worked in the convenience care / acute care setting treating children and adults. I have also worked in the mental health setting treating children and adults with mental and emotional health conditions (depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADD/ADHD). I began practicing independently at the beginning of 2016 when I founded a private health and wellness clinic, Burkholder Wellness (in Charlotte, NC), to help fulfill the needs of local residents, offering access to integrative, trauma-informed healthcare. I also offers house calls and tele-health visits.
While, I love health and wellness as a whole and want to be able to treat the entire self (mind, body, soul), mental & emotional health are some of my biggest passions. My specialization is trauma (childhood trauma, sexual trauma, etc), and even more specifically: childhood sexual abuse and the recovery & prevention thereof. I help lots of patients with PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
I am currently getting my Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) certification from the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). I am also currently working toward my certification in Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy from the Wellness Institute.
My Interest in Working with Survivors
I am a survivor myself and I want to help others overcome their own trauma(s) and to be able to thrive instead of just survive, as I’ve been so blessed to be able to do.
I work hard to provide the proper care and resources to help my clients on their path of healing and recovery, including the following tasks:
- Prescribe medications (if needed) for underlying depression/anxiety/PTSD
- Close follow-up to ensure the right medications for each individual patient
- Coaching sessions to help my clients deal with specific issues
- Refer to specializing therapists who work closely with the patient and myself, to collaboratively assist each client with their particular needs
- Refer to other disciplines for integrative treatment (yoga instructors, massage therapists, nutritionists, etc) to help heal the mind, body, and soul
- Recommend online resources, classes, books for “self therapy”
- Hold educational classes on the trauma, recovery, and prevention of sexual abuse
- Hold group therapy/informational sessions with collaborating therapists
- Hold workshops for overcoming PTSD and/or substance abuse, using the “Seeking Safety” curriculum, which is an evidence based program for PTSD treatment
My Approach to Trauma-Informed Care
It is important for my clients to know that I am coming from a place of understanding and empathy. I often share my own story, so that my clients know that I can relate. Sometimes that alone makes my clients feel safe and not judged, and it gives them hope.
How My Practice Holistically Addresses the Impacts of Sexual Violence
In addition to being able to provide a variety of health and wellness support through my practice, I also spend extra time to fully discuss the issues showing up for my client. I do not rush them out and treat them as if they’re in a revolving door or a medication mill as so many places seem to do with these very complex patients. I spend time educating them about PTSD and how PTSD and associated symptoms are a normal response to an abnormal event.
I offer free telephone consults initially, house calls, and Skype visits for some patients who can’t leave their house for whatever reason.
I am able to offer a sliding-scale.