Anaysa Arce, Student Intern Supervised by Guillermo Castañeda, LPC-S

As a dedicated Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling student at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), I bring a passion for mental health advocacy and community engagement to my practicum experience.

With a background in project coordination and a commitment to wellness initiatives, I strive to positively impact the lives of individuals, particularly within the Latinx community of the borderland region.

 

In my previous role as a Project Coordinator for Healthy Mind, Healthy Life, I managed a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant, focusing on preventing and treating serious mental illness, substance use disorders, and stigma while addressing HIV and Hepatitis C concerns. This experience honed my skills in program management, stakeholder collaboration, and strategic community outreach, aligning closely with my academic pursuits in mental health counseling.

 

In addition to my professional experience, I am a Certified Group Cycling Instructor at CycleBar El Paso West. I have gained valuable experience fostering inclusive and motivating environments for individuals of all fitness levels. Through effective coaching and leadership, I strive to empower others to achieve their wellness goals, promoting holistic health and self-development.

 

As the President-Elect for Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society (UTEP Chapter), a national honorary society for mental health professionals, I am committed to upholding the highest standards of excellence in counseling practice and scholarship.

 

Being bilingual, I can effectively communicate with Spanish-speaking clients in our borderland region, ensuring that language is not a barrier to accessing mental health services. I have also obtained certifications in CPR/AED, suicide prevention, and HIV testing, which enable me to provide culturally sensitive and evidence-based counseling services to individuals from diverse backgrounds.

 

I am eager to continue learning and growing in my practicum experience, contributing positively to the well-being of those I serve at Counseling of El Paso, PLLC.

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