Shanti Chang, DNP, MSHI, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner
Children (under 12), Adolescents & Teens, Adults (up to 40), Adults (41-64), Elders (65+)
Anxiety and Trauma Disorders, Adolescent and Child Disorders, Behavioral Disorders
Adult Psychiatry, Medication Management
Adlerian, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Compassion-Focused, Culturally Sensitive, Emotionally Focused, Experiential, Gestalt, Gottman Method, Humanistic, Integrative, Interpersonal, Mindfulness-Based (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Multicultural, Person-Centered Therapy, Play Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief (SFBT), Strengths-Based Therapy, Structural Family Therapy
Addiction, ADD/ADHD, Adolescent/Child Issues, Alcoholism, Anxiety, Autism/Asperger's Syndrome, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Codependency, Coping Skills, Depression, Developmental Disorders, Domestic Abuse / Violence, Grief and Loss, Infertility, Life Transitions, Marital and Premarital Issues, Peer Relationship Issues, Relationship Conflicts / Divorce, School Issues, Self-Esteem, Trauma and PTSD, Women's Issues
Shanti has recently co-authored a Nursing Pharmacology textbook, a significant achievement in her career. She also holds positions on the Board of the Epsilon Zeta Sigma Nursing Honor Society and the Steering Committee for ImmunizeVA, Virginia's immunization Coalition, demonstrating her commitment to nursing excellence and community health. In 2021, Shanti received her Masters in Health Informatics with a concentration in Population Health, expanding her knowledge and expertise in healthcare. Currently, she is actively pursuing her post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Degree, with an expected graduation in the Spring of 2024. Her dedication to education and her diverse range of contributions to the nursing field exemplify her passion for making a positive impact on healthcare and patient well-being.
For Shanti, establishing a therapeutic connection is the foundation of the healing journey. She understands the importance of creating an environment where individuals can progress at their own pace while receiving unwavering support. Shanti firmly believes in the value of a trusting, respectful, and collaborative working relationship as a cornerstone of success, and she is dedicated to nurturing these vital conditions. In her practice, Shanti employs a blend of therapeutic models and evidence-based treatment modalities to tailor an individualized approach that meets each person's unique behavioral health requirements. She is committed to providing comprehensive and personalized care to support her clients on their path to well-being.
Shanti Chang is driven by her unwavering belief in the transformative power of human connection and resilience. Her work is rooted in a deep commitment to helping individuals navigate their unique paths to healing and growth. She has seen firsthand the profound impact of trust, respect, and collaboration on people's lives and is dedicated to fostering these crucial elements. Shanti's passion lies in meeting people where they are, embracing their individuality, and guiding them towards a brighter future. She draws inspiration from the strength and potential within each person, and her ultimate goal is to be a part of their journey towards healing and personal transformation.
Education & Experience
After completing her Bachelor's Degree at James Madison University, Shanti Chang began her career as a Pediatric and Intensive Care Nurse. A few years down the road, she made the decision to return to school and pursue her Doctorate as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Following her graduation, she delved into the world of pediatric primary care, where she discovered her deep passion for providing healthcare to those without easy access to it. Shanti's journey led her to collaborate with a dedicated team to establish an extension site of the Mason and Partners Clinics (MAP Clinics). Their goal was to offer free pediatric services to uninsured children in Fairfax County. Simultaneously, she worked alongside other clinics to broaden the scope of pediatric services, all while transitioning into a full-time academic role. Since becoming a full-time member of the George Mason University community, Shanti has taken on various faculty and administrative positions, including roles as the Family and Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Doctoral Director. Presently, she serves as the Masters in Nursing Division Director in the School of Nursing.
A Little Bit About Me
"Amidst the hustle and bustle of life, I have a handful of cherished hobbies that bring me solace and balance. I relish spending time with my family, including the wonderful bonus children I've had the privilege of fostering, whether it's enjoying outdoor adventures together or sharing cozy dinners. Reading transports me to new worlds and broadens my horizons, while running, although not always my favorite, keeps me physically and mentally in sync. Lastly, singing is my creative outlet, a means to express my emotions and connect with my inner self."
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