Sara "Shelley" Silverman, APRN

Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of Tennessee, Memphis; Master of Science in Nursing, University of Tennessee, Memphis; Family Nurse Practitioner

Shelley is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse trained in both Psychotherapy and Primary care with over 10 years of experience. She works with individuals and couples. She is currently non-prescribing.


Dual training allows the advantage of seeing the psychological and medical issues in the context of the whole person. Shelley has been trained in a variety of psycho-therapeutic techniques. Her focus is largely Psycho-dynamic.


Some of the following Clinician/Authors that have had a major influence on her practice:

  • Existential Psychiatrist – Irving Yalom, M.D.

  • Object Relations/Personality Disorders – Otto Kernberg, M.D.

  • Nursing Theorist – Dr. Dorothea Orem

  • Elie Wiesel – Author

  • Dr. Helen Fisher – Anthropologist

Areas of Interest:

  •  Depression

  •  Anxiety

  •  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  •  Panic Disorder

  •  Bipolar Disorder

  •  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  •  Persons coping with chronic or terminal illness

  •  Life Changes: post-partum, parenting, divorce, marital problems, sexual difficulties, menopause, death

  •  Difficulty communicating

  •  Anger, Stress management

Education and Background:

  • 1998 - Smith College – Northampton, Massachusetts. B.A. Anthropology

  • 1994 - University of Tennessee, Health Science Center, Memphis,  Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • 1996 - University of Tennessee, Memphis, Dual-Master’s Program – Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist


Shelley comes from a medical/academic family. Her grandfather, a Russian immigrant had his own private practice as a physician. Shelley’s father, uncle, aunt, and first cousin are also physicians. Shelley’s mother is a RN as well as her two cousins, and even her sister-in-low.

Member of:
Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society
American Nurses Association
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
American College of Nurse Practitioners

Accepted Insurance:
  • HMAA

  • HMSA (Akamai, PPO, HMO, Quest)

  • Medicare

  • Ohana (Medicaid & Medicare)

  • UnitedHealthcare ONLY AARP/MDX Hawaii

  • UHA

No insurance? Self-pay option available by discussing with Shelley.