Sasha Bergeron is a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in integrative, evidence-based medication management services. Sasha is an empathic practitioner who partners with her patients to create a strong therapeutic rapport, educating and empowering them to manage or resolve their psychiatric illnesses. Her areas of expertise include mood disorders, especially unipolar and bipolar depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, and ADHD. Additionally, she specializes in treatment-resistant disorders and has significant experience providing ketamine therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). In her diverse clinical experience, Sasha has served patients across the lifespan in various practice settings including inpatient, outpatient, community mental health clinics, and private practices. At the Counseling Center of MarylandTM, she sees adolescents and adults for psychiatric evaluations and integrative medication management appointments, drawing on theories of mindfulness meditation, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and lifestyle coaching.
Sasha utilizes evidence-based guidelines, staying current on the most cutting-edge treatment recommendations, providing her patients with data driven solutions tailored to meet their unique needs. She practices collaboratively with her patients, treating the whole person and supporting patients to achieve their mental health goals and maintain a lifetime of wellbeing. Sasha believes psychopharmacology is an important tool, but not the only one, in the mental health toolbox. Part of treating the whole person means spending more time with each patient to focus on additional tools, such as nutrition, exercise, sleep hygiene, and social support. Additionally, Sasha partners with patients’ existing clinicians, including primary care providers and psychotherapists, ensuring a collaborative team approach to provide patient-centered care. This comprehensive treatment approach addresses the complex and multifaceted aspects of people’s lives, creating enduring changes and enhanced wellbeing.
Prior to joining CCM, Sasha worked at a clinic in Potomac dedicated to providing care for the treatment-resistant population. She provided ketamine infusion therapy and Spravato (esketamine) nasal spray and was instrumental in the creation of a TMS program to launch across their multi-state network of clinics. She previously published her research on the efficacy of combining TMS with psychotherapy to improve patient outcomes. Sasha is also passionate about the rapidly growing field of psychedelic assisted psychotherapy and looks forward to the ways in which transformational psychiatry will evolve the field of mental health.
Starting psychotropic medication can be a complex decision for some people. Sasha meets patients where they are and dedicates time at each appointment to psychoeducation, ensuring patients remain well informed and active participants of the treatment planning process. For those who are curious about medications and want to learn more, an evaluation can be a great place to start. And for those who are interested in streamlining their medication regimen, Sasha is supportive of safe de-prescribing, being a firm believer of using the least effective dosages and numbers of medications. Sasha welcomes people of all races, religions, genders, and sexual orientations. She looks forward to working with patients at CCM and is privileged to be a part of each person’s unique journey.
Sasha is a Washington, DC native. She received her BS from Vanderbilt University, with a double major in child development and Spanish. She is fluent in Spanish and seeks to provide culturally sensitive care to patients of diverse backgrounds. Following her lifelong interest in psychology and community service, she decided to pursue a Master’s in Nursing. Sasha graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing at the top of her class, receiving the Outstanding Student Award at the culmination of her studies. She recently moved back to the DC area following a yearlong sabbatical to travel around the world with her husband.