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Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Location: Hamden, Stamford, Telemedicine Accepting New Patients? Yes
Sasha Durso, APRN, FPMHNP-BC, leads Anchor Health’s behavioral health services as a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a child and adolescent psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist.
Earning bachelor’s degrees in psychology and creative writing instilled in Sasha the transformative power of narrative. This belief has only strengthened through her journey in health care, where Sasha has the privilege of holding space for everything from a first cry to the last breath. Her treatment approach is grounded in narrative humility, an epigenetic understanding of multigenerational trauma and attachment disruption, decarceration, intersectionality, mutuality, and harm reduction. Sasha empowers her patients as partners in practice, supporting each person’s agency and quality of life as they define it. She offers medication management and individual (lifespan/all ages), family, and group therapy.
Sasha worked at the Yale Child Study Center with numerous community-based programs for at-risk youth and their families for 15 years and was the Center’s first patient-facing nurse practitioner. She also developed the Center’s Pediatric Intensive In-Home Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Services program to reduce institutional days and out-of-home placement for youth with high-risk, chronic medical conditions, along with the In-Home Programs Psychopharmacology Clinic to reduce barriers and improve access to prescribers. Sasha taught at the Yale School of Nursing in the master’s program for 7 years and has worked in emergency, inpatient, forensic, and corrections psychiatry settings. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she worked with the Medical Reserve Corps to supervise Connecticut’s only shelter for undomiciled and housing-insecure individuals. Throughout her career, Sasha has worked diligently to represent, bear witness to, advocate for, and fiercely protect the rights of queer people.
A native of New Haven, Sasha enjoys complexity science, video games, comics, bootleg toys, moss, and she was a classically trained dancer and pianist. She cohabitates with a number of cats. There are many. It’s okay. They all get along.