Who We Are
Pasadena Villa Outpatient – Raleigh specializes in treating adults, 18 years and older, who struggle with various mental illnesses, including but not limited to, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and co-occurring autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
We place a strong emphasis on learning and practicing coping skills, life skills, and self-management strategies to address here-and-now difficulties and help clients build a life worth living. At Pasadena Villa Outpatient – Raleigh, we believe everyone can learn, grow, and recover, so we do everything we can to prepare our clients for life after treatment.
What We Treat
We specialize in treating complex mental health conditions and co-occurring disorders. The multimodality approach involving group, individual, and family therapy along with psychiatric services allows our clinical team to effectively understand and address challenging behavioral issues. Often, it’s the combination of multiple mental health conditions, co-occurring autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or a co-occurring substance use disorder that hinders progress with traditional services. At our facility we treat:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Depressive Disorders
- Personality Disorders including Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
- Psychotic Disorders
- Co-occuring Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Co-occuring Substance Use Disorder
Levels of Care
Evening V-IOP: Provided throughout the state of North Carolina, our evening V-IOP is an eight-week virtual program offered only in the evenings on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm EST. Learn more here.
At Pasadena Villa Outpatient – Raleigh, we provide customized care that’s designed to meet each client’s specific needs and unique goals. We understand that people are not their diagnosis; they’re a combination of all that’s happened in their lives and their future journeys. Because of this, our clinical team of board-certified psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, registered art therapists, and licensed professional counselors partner with clients and their families to design treatment plans that provide a successful pathway to recovery.
Licensed clinicians with certifications in evidence-based modalities provide a whole person approach using:
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Expressive Art Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Somatic Psychotherapies
- Movement Therapy
- Board-certified psychiatrists oversee treatment, conduct psychiatric evaluations, and offer medical consultation
- Collaboration with community providers that serves as an extension of the client’s treatment team
Pasadena Villa Outpatient Center – Raleigh is in-network with Aetna, Beacon Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA), Cigna, and Magellan. We also accept out-of-network benefits from other major insurance companies. For those preferring to pay for treatment directly, we offer a private-pay rate.
What Alumni, Families, and Clinical Partners Are Saying
“I wanted to again express my gratitude to you for your efforts to help and support James as he continues the ‘recovery’ journey. If you come here, take it seriously. You will get what you came here for. The staff is great and caring and will work with you as well as call you out when needed, but that is what I needed. I am very glad that i found this place.”
- Grateful Client
“I absolutely love Pasadena Villa and owe them so much for all the help that they have given me. I came there really anxious and was just a mess with my mental health. With the kind staff and the structured classes and group, I was able to get a good hold of my mental health and got better. Anyone who is seeking help for their mental health should reach out to Pasadena, they will change your life for the best.”
- Grateful Client
Jessica Wood, MS, LMFT, CEDSExecutive Director
Muhammad Saeed, MDBoard-Certified Psychiatrist Attending
Mackenzie Almond, MA, LCMHCLead Psychotherapist
Lindsay Abshier, MA, LCMHCAPsychotherapist
Madison West, MA, LCMHCA, NCCPsychotherapist
Dr. Abdul Khalid, MD, Board-Certified PsychiatristPsychiatrist
Leigh Ann Browne, MSW, LCSWTherapeutic Yoga Instructor
Dana DeRaimoDirector of Admissions
Joyu Lee, NAMI, NMT, MM, MT-BCMusic Therapist
Ginny KilcranOffice Coordinator
Jessica Wood, MS, LMFT, CEDS
Jessica Wood is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist having earned her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from East Carolina University. Jessica has been working in mental health since 2009. Jessica has experience providing individual, group, and family therapy for patients across multiple levels of care. In addition to her experience in direct patient care, Jessica has extensive experience providing supervision and training to clinicians.
Jessica strongly believes in an evidence informed approach to best practice treatment and pulls from several approaches in her work with patients including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Jessica also believes in a collaborative and strengths-based approach to treatment and is passionate about empowering patients to create a sustainable path to recovery.
Muhammad Saeed, MD
Over the years, Dr. Saeed has served in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient, outpatient, and consultation/liaison services. He has been serving at a local psychiatric hospital as a Clinical Director of Geriatric Services since 2012. His primary focus is helping individuals who are struggling with a persistent and serious mental illness to the functional recovery. Additionally, Dr. Saeed has been providing transcranial magnetic stimulation, which addressed treatment-resistant depression, at several treatment locations in the triangle area. His areas of interest include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and cognitive disorders. Dr. Saeed is board certified in adult and geriatric psychiatry by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed adult psychiatry training at the University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center in 2007 where he also served as a Chief Resident. He further completed his geriatric psychiatry fellowship at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial program. In 2008, Dr. Saeed relocated to North Carolina and served in the psychiatry department of ECU at Brody School of Medicine as the assistant professor until 2012. Dr. Saeed also shares his mental health knowledge with others by conducting seminars through Eastern and Wake County AHEC.
Mackenzie Almond, MA, LCMHC
Mackenzie is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Certified Grief Counseling Specialist driven to help individuals find their life worth living. Mackenzie received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill and her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University Graduate School. Her inspiration to guide others through their journey is enhanced by over six years of experience in working with individuals and groups in various settings. Mackenzie’s specialties include suicidality, suicide prevention, grief, and complicated grief. She is passionate about raising awareness of suicide and suicide prevention efforts with the public and clinicians as well as advocating for changes in the way we treat those who experience suicidal thoughts. Mackenzie has focused her training on the assessment, intervention, and treatment of those with passive, active, acute, and chronic suicidality. She is a member of the American Association of Suicidology, the International Association for Suicide Prevention, and volunteers with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention amongst other special projects. Mackenzie received DBT training through Psychwire in 2019.
After completing her internship in community mental health, Mackenzie facilitated teen and adult DBT groups, conducting outpatient therapy, and working as a community support therapist with high-needs individuals and those in crisis. Mackenzie’ believes that therapy was never meant to be a “one size fits all” practice, but rather tailored to one’s needs at this moment. She adapts her therapeutic approach while emphasizing empathy, compassion, non judgementalness, and acceptance for meeting her client where they are in the room.
Lindsay Abshier, MA, LCMHCA
Lindsay is a Family Systems trained therapist with four years of experience in providing individuals, couples, group, and family therapy in clinical settings. Lindsay received her Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Studies with a specialization in Family Science from Louisiana Tech University.
Prior to her work at Pasadena Villa, Lindsay worked as a program therapist at Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center. She provided individual, group, and family psychotherapy services to individuals diagnosed with eating disorders and, often, co-occurring disorders. While working at Carolina House, Lindsay created a curriculum to provide psychoeducation around PTSD and how to find resources for support. Lindsay has also worked in private practice doing individual, couple, and family sessions for those dealing with various issues.
Lindsay’s passion is meeting her clients where they are and being genuine in her approach. She aims to treat the person, not solely the diagnosis. When working together, you can expect to be met with a warm, nonjudgmental, and empathetic approach to therapy with an acceptance for where you are in this moment. She wants to help you find your voice, be confident in your ability to handle whatever life throws at you, feel heard, and accepted for who you are. We all deserve to understand ourselves.
Madison West, MA, LCMHCA, NCC
Madison is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and a National Certified Counselor who aims to provide a space for individuals to challenge unhealthy coping mechanisms, address changes they would like to make with confidence, and explore the thoughts and feelings that may make it difficult to meet their goals. Madison has 4 years of experience in the mental health field in various settings ranging from hospital treatment to outpatient treatment. Madison has a passion for working with folks in the LGBTQ+ community, those who are living with depression and/or anxiety, those who are struggling to adjust to difficult life transitions, those experiencing suicidal ideation and self-injurious behavior, as well as those working toward recovery from eating disorders. Madison believes that each client is unique, the expert of their own life, and deserving of individualized treatment to best meet their needs.
Madison received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University in 2015. Following this, Madison earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina Central University. Madison acquired experience in facilitating various teen and adult groups focusing on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Body Image, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Goal Setting, and management of crises through completion of her practicum and internship in residential treatment, partial hospitalization programming, and intensive outpatient programming serving those living with eating disorders and co-occurring disorders. Madison has also worked to provide outpatient treatment using skills and interventions learned from experience in using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy to assist those working to live happier and healthier lives they deem worth living.
Dr. Abdul Khalid, MD, Board-Certified Psychiatrist
Dr. Khalid is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with over a decade of experience. Dr. Khalid completed his adult psychiatric residency at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village and post-doctoral residency fellow at New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York. Dr. Khalid has been working for the state of North Carolina since 2009. Over the years, Dr. Khalid has served in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient and outpatient services. Since 2019, Dr. Khalid has been the Chief Medical Officer at an inpatient facility. Dr. Khalid’s areas of interest include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders. Dr. Khalid believes that honesty, integrity, and a healthy perspective are essential components of leading a happy life.
Leigh Ann Browne, MSW, LCSW
Leigh Ann is a licensed clinical social worker with over five years of experience providing treatment and support to diverse populations with complex needs and an array of mental disorders. She possesses strong diagnostic and clinical skills with ongoing experience providing evidenced-based practices such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Crisis Intervention and Solution Focused Therapy. Leigh Ann was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by the Linehan Institute in 2013 and implemented a comprehensive DBT program for a local community behavioral health agency. Through the application of DBT, Leigh Ann has become highly skilled in the assessment and risk management of persistently suicidal individuals.
In addition to providing psychiatric assessments and treatment in the emergency room, Leigh Ann is a dedicated yogi with a passion for teaching and promoting wellness, currently teaching Bikram yoga and therapeutic yoga. She combines yoga with the use of evidence-based interventions, incorporating cognitive therapy with mindfulness, meditation, and body movement for the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and emotion regulation.
Leigh Ann’s approach is to teach and help individuals with discovering ways to reclaim their bodies and promote change within themselves through self-discovery, improved insight and the development of practical coping skills. Leigh Ann believes that transformation and growth can occur within anyone despite how complicated their circumstances are. Her therapeutic yoga sessions are rooted in compassion with the goal to empower people to enhance self-awareness, increase mental and physical strength, and to find and embrace their best selves.
Dana comes to Pasadena Villa with experience in behavioral and crisis management, psychiatric case management and program outreach. She has worked with clients through the admissions process to ensure verification of benefits, paperwork completion, and policy and program implementation. Dana has an extensive background in customer service, and has both a personal and professional devotion to the field of mental health. She has a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Northeastern Illinois University.
Joyu Lee, NAMI, NMT, MM, MT-BC
Joyu is a music psychotherapist and professional cellist in the Triangle area of North Carolina. She’s the owner of Music and Your Mind, LLC, and a founding member of Vida Strings.
Joyu is a passionate and experienced therapist with 20+ years of combined international experiences in creative/expressive arts therapy, cello performance, music education, and arts administration. She is trained in the Bonny Method Guided Imagery and Music and is a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery. Joyu currently is the only independent certified Music Breathing practitioner in North Carolina and is completing her Narrative Therapy Certification through NTI in May 2022.
With over 18 years of operations and business management experience, Ginny makes a positive contribution to the team at Pasadena Villa. As the Business Office Coordinator, she wears many hats, including working with clients and staff at front desk to make financial arrangement and complete paperwork and working with the admissions team to field local inquiry calls. Ginny graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Strayer University. In past roles, she has been responsible for insurance billing information, human resource functions, including training new employees, and all aspects of office management. Ginny is goal oriented and vital part of the team at Pasadena Villa.