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Specializes in Assessment and Treatment Options for Individuals who have Experienced or Witnessed Trauma

Specializes in Assessment and Treatment Options for Individuals who have Experienced or Witnessed Trauma

Macarena Corral
2010, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University
CEO and Clinical Psychologist at the Center for Collaborative Health

“[My education prepared me] well for diagnostics, integrative report writing and testing administration. I believe that put me ahead of the game in regard to my assessment skills, which later became my specialty in practice.”

Specializes in Assessment and Treatment Options for Individuals who have Experienced or Witnessed Trauma

Dr. Macarena Corral is the CEO and a clinical psychologist at the Center for Collaborative Health, an integrative mental health clinic providing innovative options for the assessment and treatment of trauma. “My job is to provide assessment and therapy services to men, women and children who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence and/or other forms of violence and trauma,” she said. “I have also developed a specialty in providing a wide range of Spanish speaking testing including mental health assessments for immigration purposes including U-Visa, Asylum and Extreme Hardship cases.”

Corral earned a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in 2010. She completed a one-year doctoral internship at the Minnesota Correctional Facility – Stillwater in Bayport, Minnesota. Her post-doctoral hours took place at the Domestic Abuse Center in Minneapolis and Headway Emotional Health (formerly Headway Emotional Health Services) in Richfield, Minnesota.

Prior to her studies in Minnesota, Corral lived in Massachusetts, working at a rape crisis center providing support services to victims of sexual abuse. Her graduate studies focused on forensic psychology and trauma. “Throughout my practicums and job opportunities, I developed significant experience in the field of trauma both in therapy, and also completing psychological, psychosexual and domestic violence evaluations for the courts,” she added. “I sought additional training in evidence-based treatments of trauma including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY).” Corral is currently an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s University and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Minnesota Psychological Association, and the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Corral said that the education she received at Argosy University, Twin Cities trained her well for a psychology career. “I was prepared for diagnostics, integrative report writing and testing administration,” she said. “I believe that put me ahead of the game in regard to my assessment skills, which later became my specialty in practice. Argosy University prepared me for the different roles of a clinical psychologist, making me a good candidate for jobs that I applied for. I had so many practicum hours, could do therapy and assessments, and supervise. The rigorous curriculum also helped with my preparation for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) licensing exam, which I passed on the first try.”

At school, Corral built professional relationships with faculty members that continue to this day. She added that her teaching position at St. Mary’s University started as a referral from one of her former instructors.

Corral mentioned that the highlight of her career was opening a private practice. “It was a decade long dream and it has been so exciting to see it come to fruition,” she stated. “In August 2016, my business partner (who is also an Argosy alum) and I were featured on the cover of Minnesota Business Magazine as Young Entrepreneurs and later that month, KSTP TV featured our clinic on its Sunday broadcast. It was really special to have that recognition for our hard work and reinforced the uniqueness of our services.”

She recommends that current students network, learn from all of their practicum experiences, and try different areas of interest. “It will benefit your resume and make you a more well-rounded candidate in this competitive market,” she said.

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