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  • Blue Ocean Mental Health

Welcome to Blue Ocean Mental Health!

Updated: Apr 11, 2023


According to Harvard Business Review, W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne wrote one of the most influential articles of all time: “Blue Ocean Strategy.”


In the field of business, the Blue Ocean represents a vast, unknown and uncontested space where you have the freedom to explore and create your own market. Likewise, in our life journeys, if we had the freedom to find our own place, focus on our own strengths and competencies, the opportunities are endless.

Everyone has a different path and while the challenge is daunting, the potential rewards are worth the effort. Also, it’s important to recognize that it’s not easy to deal with mental health alone and asking for help is the first step. We at Blue Ocean Mental Health provide a safe place where we strive to embark on this venture with you and provide resources to help guide the journey. The goal is to collaborate in a safe place to help you find your way, your stability, your happiness.


Maria Acevedo is a bilingual, Board-Certified psychiatry PMHNP-BC with extensive mental health experience in acute care hospital settings and offers flexible appointments virtually.

Maria uses a team-based approach while adhering to best practice and evidenced based medication treatment options.

She specializes in children and adults with a wide array of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, PTSD, eating disorder, insomnia, Autism, Tourette's disorder, as well as behavioral issues in schools.


Maria received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix and Master of Science in Nursing with Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner Specialty from Azusa Pacific University. She trained in psychiatry at Del Amo Hospital and outpatient private practices. Maria is a believer that we all have the capacity for growth and healing at different ages. As a psychiatric clinician, she utilizes respectful psychotherapy in addition to careful medication management.

Esder Shin, PMHNP-BC, is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Health Nurse Practitioner who offers a full range of assessment and treatment strategies to address mental, emotional, and behavioral concerns. Esder specializes in prescribing and managing psychiatric medications for patients who need help with issues including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, insomnia, OCD, and eating disorders.


The cornerstone of maintaining good health is psychological health. Esder identifies each person as his or her unique self and takes on a collaborative approach working as partners to achieve optimal mental health. Esder has a genuine desire to listen with empathy, understand each person as an individual, and help identify the client's unique self. Treatment may involve working together in individualized sessions or referrals will be made to other healthcare professionals, if appropriate, to provide the best possible care. This collaborative approach of working as partners is key to achieving optimal mental health.

Esder received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix and my Master of Science in Nursing with Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner Specialty from Azusa Pacific University. She trained in psychiatry at urgent care psychiatric facilities including Exodus, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, UCLA and outpatient private practices. She is here to work as a team with you to help create personalized and attainable treatment goals to improve your mental health.

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