Patrick Testa, MHSA, BSN, RN
I’m a Behavioral Health Coach with a decade of experience in health care. As a coach, I help individuals change hard-to-quit habits and put in place strategies to maintain motivation and cope with cravings. I regularly work with busy professionals concerned about alcohol dependence, smoking, and other addictive behaviors interfering with their lives.
My practice draws on my training as a nurse and addresses each dimension of wellness – mind, body, and spirit. Genetic, biological, and psychosocial factors all play a role in behavioral health. Each person also has a different set of values and life experiences. For this reason, I believe everyone’s pathway to recovery is unique and I enjoy helping clients reconnect with their own inner strengths. My practice uses evidence-based principles such as mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and acceptance and commitment.
In addition to serving as a coach, I’ve previously worked as a consultant with the Advisory Board Company, a best practice research firm serving more than 4,400 hospitals nationwide. In that capacity, I helped health care organizations across the country make care better for patients and families in areas such as primary care and population health. I’ve also served as a consultant with UNC Healthcare in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
I hold a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from George Washington University where I completed my clinical training in psychiatric nursing at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. I also hold a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. I’m currently a Masters Candidate in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at the Ohio State University.