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Q&A with Ana Yrausquin, Wake Forest University Counseling Intern

We are pleased to announce that Ana Yrausquin, Wake Forest University, will be doing her practicum and internship at Pasadena Villa Outpatient Center – Raleigh during her 2018 school year. This fall, she will be joined by two more masters level interns, one from the University of North Carolina and the other from North Carolina State. We value the incredible energy and insights our interns bring to our program and our clients.  Susan Clifton, Executive Director, recently sat down with Ana to learn a little more about her background. 

Ana YrausquinWhy did you choose professional counseling as your career?

I have always been interested in human behavior and cognition. I am fascinated by topics such as the importance of vulnerability, adversarial growth, and creating a life worth living. I have a penchant for social responsibility, and I firmly believe that when I help a client, it will have a ripple effect on society like a pebble in the water. I am never more competent, organized, assiduous, and motivated than when I am helping others. I desire to help people harness their potential as well as identify and cultivate their strengths and positive traits.

What made you decide to come to Pasadena Villa for your internship?

I was interested in Pasadena Villa mainly because of the caliber of the team and my interest in serving clients with severe and persistent mental illness. I chose Pasadena Villa because the population we serve here seemed demanding and challenged me.  It’s not always easy to treat clients with severe mental illness while also helping them to acquire skills that will equip them to function in the real world.  Watching clients learn these skills and work through their treatment program is a beautiful sight.

How does what you are learning at Pasadena Villa fit in with your overall career plans?

I am gaining experience that will always help me as a clinician. I am learning about assessment, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and group work. I feel like I learn something every day, not just from my peers but also from the clients themselves.

What experiences have stood out for you so far?

I am encouraged by the positive impact that DBT skills have on clients. A few of the clients have told me that they had never received the kind of help that they receive during group therapy sessions at Pasadena Villa. It’s truly fascinating.

What goals do you wish to accomplish before your year at Pasadena Villa ends?

I would like to get more proficient in DBT skills, gain more experience with individual counseling, group therapy, assessment, development of treatment plans, and maybe even some family counseling.

At Pasadena Villa Outpatient Center – Raleigh, we believe everyone can grow and recover. Our intensive psychiatric treatment plan provides a healing environment for adults who struggle with various mental illnesses. Clients work with our certified, and licensed therapists using a variety of process group therapies, experiential therapeutic activities, and social integration activities to build and practice new self-management strategies. Our focus is on the unique goals of each of our clients, and we are dedicated to helping them as they continue their recovery journey.

If you think that you or a loved one may be struggling with a mental health disorder, Pasadena Villa can help. We are here to answer questions and connect to care. Pasadena Villa currently offers treatment at two residential locations in both Orlando, Florida and Knoxville, Tennessee, and outpatient services in Cary, North Carolina and Charlotte, North Carolina. To learn more about our program, call us at
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