Noel Reynolds is a dual track clinical psychology intern at Vinland’s residential facility in Loretto. He is a Clinical Psychology major with a focus on Neuroscience (LADC, LPCC) at Argosy University. He will graduate in spring of 2016.
Why are you interested in your field of study?
I worked as a paramedic in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas and with that work I only got to be with patients for a short time. I decided I wanted to be able to spend more time with clients to help ease anxiety and alleviate stress and depression. I knew there was more I could do to help people than strictly medically. I wanted to build therapeutic relationships and take more time to stabilize them.
Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland?
Vinland is the gold standard for neurological treatment and chemical dependency. This is the place to be. I’ve talked to a lot of people who have endless good things to say about the work being done here. I have to say this has been one of the best choices I’ve made in my career in a long time. Josh is an incredible supervisor. I’ve only been here two to three weeks and I’ve already learned so much from him.
What are your goals after graduation?
I plan on doing doctoral studies in the fall of 2016 on brain research. I am an associate with the Society of Neuroscience. I will also continue to be with Vinland through April when I graduate.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to attend the Minnesota Opera Symphony and I like nature photography. I like to go to zoos and gardens to take nature photos.
What are your favorite places you’ve ever been?
I like to travel to Puerto Rico where my family is from. I try to go there every other year. I also enjoyed going to Chicago and last year I had a blast in Washington D.C.
If you could meet anyone in the world, who would you meet?
His Holiness the Dalai Lama – I am a practicing Buddhist. To meet him would be the highlight of my existence. I am a major proponent of Buddhist psychology and incorporate it into my practices with meditation. I think meditation helps clients concentrate and focus on something other than going through treatment and that work and the stress it brings. We ask a lot of them and I am very proud of the work they do.
What is your spirit animal?
A panda bear because I don’t get excited or upset easily. I’m an even-keel kind of person and I like to focus on what I’m doing at the time and enjoy being around others.
What is your favorite book, movie and/or TV show?
I enjoy the show Game of Thrones on HBO.
What song best describes your life?
“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin