Jill Colton-Spina PMHNP

Jill Colton-Spina PMHNP headshot


  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner (APRN) #11015164
  • Certified Nurse Practitioner #111116
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) # 0370066

Area of Focus:

Psychopharmacology and medication side effect management for the following disorders

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Mania
  • Atypical depression
  • Complex PTSD
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Sleep disorders

Coping Skills, Assertiveness, Boundary Setting, Self-care

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)


  • MSN in Nursing Post Masters Graduate Program – University of Southern Maine – Portland, ME
  • MSN in Nursing – University of Southern Maine – Portland, ME
  • Bachelor of Science Degree, BS in Nursing – University of Southern Maine – Portland, ME
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, BA in Psychology – University of Maryland – College Park, MD

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Professional Background

Jill Colton-Spina has worked in psychiatry since 1994 and has been a Board Certified Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) since 2002, working with clients ages 14 and older.   She has over twenty years of experience prescribing psychiatric medications in various settings, from inpatient hospitalization to home health environments to CSUs (Crisis Stabilization Units).  

For the past 12 years, she has worked primarily as an outpatient PMHNP, helping clients improve their health, relationships, and quality of life.  She believes one of the most important functions of her role is to understand where the client is at, where they want to go, and find a way to get there. She provides education, prescription treatment, integrative therapies, and client-specific exploration. She also promotes skill-building and goal achievement.  

Jill’s passion is helping people understand their health by using a holistic approach, discussing nourishment, sleep & rest hygiene, movement, relationships, spirituality, meaning, value, and quality of life. Pets, plants, and giving to others have healing qualities that can be incorporated into treatment as well.

Over the past 30 years, Jill has worked in the following settings:

Over the course of nearly 30 years, I have worked in many settings

  • Inpatient Hospitalization:  Children, teens, adults, LGBTQ 
  • Medication groups, self-care groups, coping skills groups, CBT groups
  • Taught at the University School of Nursing at graduate & undergraduate levels
  • Crisis stabilization unit: Adults: Male, Female, LGBTQ
  • Family groups, activity groups, communication groups, self-care groups
  • IOP: Behavioral Health IOP and Substance Use IOP
  • Differential diagnoses groups, health groups, skill-building groups
  • Home health psych care: Chronically ill homebound & LT care facilities 
  • Memory care family support groups
  • Corrections: County jail psychiatric services
  • Outpatient psychiatric forensic services