Kylie Wright loves to travel.
She says it helps her to stay empathetic and open.
She brings that same mentality to her work.
Originally from New Zealand, Kylie moved to Virginia about two decades ago. She’s
been in mental health for most of her career since then. This month, she joined Good
Neighbor as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
But working in this field wasn’t her original plan. While in college, she did a student
rotation in psychiatry. The experience transformed her. “I fell in love,” she says with a
smile, "sitting down and speaking to people and understanding them and putting
myself in their shoes.” She had found a place where she could make a difference.
When it comes to treatment, Kylie takes a wholistic approach. She incorporates
meditation, mindfulness, and yoga into her sessions and recommendations to clients.
“It’s imperative to include mindfulness in mental wellness,” according to Kylie. “It’s
about treating the whole person.” She practices those values in her own life too—
incorporating yoga and meditation into her regular routine. But she also emphasizes
the science of her work. “I like to stay up-to-date on the latest research.” She reads
journals and reports on the latest advancements in mental health and psychiatry. “The
brain is fascinating,” she says. “Theres so much we still have to learn about it.” Kylie’s
emphasis on wholistic treatment made her a perfect fit for Good Neighbor.
In her first week, Kylie has settled in nicely. “Good Neighbor feels like family,” she says.
“You walk through that door and you feel relaxed. Good Neighbor treats you like an
individual, not just another number.” She’s looking forward to seeing her first clients
soon. She’s committed to bringing her values of non-judgement and empathy to her
When she’s not at work, Kylie loves to visit art museums, do hot yoga, and travel to
places with beautiful beaches. She’s visited many places—including Australia, Ireland,
and of course, her home country of New Zealand. But she never goes too far from her
two beloved Australian Shepherds—Cupid and Bella.
Kylie always sees the best in people. Throughout her career, she’s focused on creating
an environment of positive affirmation and wellness with clients. We’re excited for her
to bring those values to her work at Good Neighbor.