Avis Hershfield

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Avis Hershfield, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C

License No. 95007424

  • Addiction
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Illness
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grief
  • Mood Disorders
  • OCD
  • Postpartum
  • Pregnancy
  • PTSD
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Women's Issues
  • Interpersonal
  • Psychodynamic
  • Trauma Focused

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  • Telehealth
  • 6-12
  • 13-17
  • 18-59
  • 60+
  • California
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Cross Blue Cross
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Blue Shield California
  • Cal VCB
  • Carelon
  • CIGNA Behavioral Health
  • GEHA
  • Health Comp of CA
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Medicare – California (South)
  • Meritain Health
  • MHN Managed Health Network
  • Optum
  • Sharp Health Plan
  • TriCare For Life
  • TriWest Healthcare Alliance
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • VA Choice TriWest

About Avis Hershfield, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C


I am a passionate and enthusiastic MSN, Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Dual Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-C) with 35 + years of experience in direct patient care and demonstrated expertise in building rapport and relationships with patients, families, and multidisciplinary team members. I am seasoned at bio-psycho-social assessment and evaluation, diagnosis, care-planning, disease-state management and medication management. I am self-motivated to work independently, with the aptitude to thrive within a workgroup or cohort. I am a lifelong learner gifted with emotional fortitude, empathy, and tenacity in the face of a myriad of patient circumstances and environments.

My clinical experience includes Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care, Inpatient Pediatric and Adolescent Psychiatry, Pediatric and Adult Home Care, Pediatric and Adult Home Infusion, Hospice and Palliative Care, Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Educator and Sexual & Reproductive Medicine.
Currently, I specialize in working with women and young women who need help with Women’s Issues, Medication Management, Perinatal Mood Disorders, Abortion Grief, Depression, Anxiety and Bipolar Disorders, Prolonged Grief, Substance Use Disorders, Trauma and PTSD, Sexual Abuse, Sex and Human Trafficking, Intimate Partner Violence and Domestic Violence.

I use an integrative, eclectic and holistic, trauma-informed therapeutic approach weaving together person-centered therapy, judicious medication-management and responsiveness to patient needs arising out of their biological, psychological and social experience(s):

  • to guide recovery and healing
  • to provide tools that foster resilience
  • to promote ones highest functioning
  • to educate and counsel
  • to increase ones mental health awareness and reduce any stigma associated with mental healthcare

My practice, at Fusion Care Group is both an Art and a Science and that means I will combine my wisdom, creativity, compassion, and healing spirit with the most up to date Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) in psychiatry, psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic modalities to partner with you to meet your personal and unique psychiatric and mental health goals.

Theories I draw from include, but are not limited to:

  • Transtheoretical Model of Change
  • The Recovery Model
  • Humanistic Theory
  • Attachment Theory
  • Existential Theory
  • Psychodynamic Theory
  • Interpersonal Theory
  • Social Learning Theory
  • Acceptance and Commitment Theory
  • Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development
  • Erik Erikson’s Theory of Psychosocial Development

My philosophy as a Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner includes:

  • Demonstrating respect and clear boundaries in the patient-centered therapeutic relationship
  • Maintaining professional and personal self-awareness
  • Fostering a healing space of equality, diversity, inclusivity and individuality to patients of diverse backgrounds and ages
  • Empowering patients toward drawing on their inner resources
  • Engaging with patients in collaborative and positive ways

I welcome all cultures and minorities, all races and religions, POC, and the LGBTQIA+ communities.

It is an honor to continue the legacy of the “healers” in my life and help you on your journey.


I was born and raised in inner-city Chicago and grew up in a “melting pot” of children and families with different cultures, languages, and religions. I have dedicated my life in service to patients of all cultures, religions, and walks of life.

I love all things artistic and creative, everything related to nature, philosophy, reading, swimming, cooking and baking, yoga, learning, and anything related to a deeper search for meaning in my life.

I am down-to-earth and witty. I have been told I have an “old soul” and a calming voice.

I especially enjoy bringing my education, persona, and life/career experiences to the patients I serve.


  • Post-Master Certificate, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, 2023
  • Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Phoenix, 2016
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Iowa, 1987


  • Registered Nurse | California Board of Registered Nursing | License 95041069 | Expires 09/30/2025
  • Family Nurse Practitioner | California Board of Registered Nursing | License 95007424 | Expires 09/30/2025
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner | California Board of Registered Nursing | License 95007424 | Expires 09/30/2025
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support | American Heart Association | Expires 11/2024
  • DEA | United States Department of Justice | Registration MH4582195 | Expires 10/31/2026


  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-BC | American Nurses Credentialing Center | Certification 2023126971 | Expires 11/19/2028
  • Family Nurse Practitioner-C | American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board | Certification F08170042 | Expires 07/31/2027


  • California Association of Nurse Practitioners | Member ID 33176 | 2017 to present
  • American Psychiatric Nurse Association | Member ID 249218 | 2020 to present
  • California Psychiatric Nurses Association | Member ID 249218 | 2020 to present
  • International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses | Member ID 97555 | 2022 to present
  • Neuroscience Education Institute | Member ID 000000095431 | 2022 to present
  • Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice | Member ID 1097 | 2023 to present


  • Mind Science | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | 2021
  • Child Advocacy Training Program (15 hours) to provide a variety of services that addressed the emotional and physical well-being of children from violent backgrounds | 1987
  • First Steps (Strategies for Teaching Empowerment, Prevention and Safety) | Pre-School Sexual Abuse Training Program and Curriculum (10 hours) | included pertinent information about sexual abuse, ideas for working to keep children safe, support for caregivers, and child abuse reporting information | 1987

My Current Studies

  • Psychodrama Training | Exploring Sociometry, Psychodrama & Action Methods in Clinical Practice | Dig Deeper Therapy
  • Master Psychopharmacology Training | Neuroscience Education Institute