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Joy Melhado, RN, BSN, MSN, PMHNP

Nurse Practitioner

"I have vast experience in psychiatry from various roles working in acute inpatient psychiatric units, forensic psychiatry, crisis stabilization units, emergency rooms, and crisis intervention as well as the medical floor psychiatric consult liaison work. I have been an asset to both clients and family members who are accessing mental health treatment to provide education, ongoing support, and connecting to resources within the community. I will partner with you, your family and loved ones. In addition, we can use other providers as needed, to ensure that you have the support to achieve and maintain your treatment goals."

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During our first visit I want to get to know you, to assist you on a journey to achieve optimal wellness. I will be an attentive listener, provide an empathic therapeutic approach by partnering with you to achieve your ultimate lifetime goals. I am a strong advocate for mental health and will assist you to navigate the healthcare system that can be confusing at times. I utilize the recovery model to normalize mental health and eradicate any negative stigmas. A wide array of treatment modalities will be utilized such as supportive therapy, psychopharmacology, and integrating other complementary and alternative treatment modalities in your wellness plan.


  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder


Friends and Family group (NAMI)

Calm (app)

"Mindfulness, A Practical Guide" by Tessa Watt


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance


Joy Melhado is a licensed and board-certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She studied in British Columbia, Canada, initially obtaining her Associate Degree in Psychiatric Nursing followed by an Associate Degree in Nursing; which provided her the role as a dual-trained registered nurse. In 1991, she began her career as a psychiatric nurse working in forensic and adult inpatient psychiatry. 

She brings over 30 years of experience in the specialty of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing which includes clinical practice and nursing administrative positions. Her philosophy is to work hard to end the stigma associated with mental illness by increasing awareness to other providers and the community. Dedicated to being a strong advocate for her clients, Joy brings a strong sense of compassion to her practice.

In addition to her extensive clinical experience, Joy earned her Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate from the California State University of San Marcos and was awarded "Psychiatric Nurse of the Year" for her advance clinical role in San Diego County (2012).


Joy's focus is working with clients across the lifespan who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and a wide range of other mental health conditions integrating brief psychotherapy techniques, lifestyle changes, and if necessary, medication management.


  • MS, Nursing - Phoenix University
  • BS, Nursing - University of Phoenix
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  • Certificate, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - CSU San Marcos
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse of the Year (2012) - Psychiatric Nursing Society
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  • Achieve Medical Center
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • American Psychiatric Nurse’s Association
  • Nursing Honors Society