M.A., Doctoral Student
Gea received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy, from Argosy University, in 2012. She is currently working on her Psy.D in Applied Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, to expand her knowledge and experience in working in the field of psychology. Gea is also certified as an instructor for The National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Gea’s life experiences, an open mind, and her love of learning have brought her to this point in her life, to pursue her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and to begin her career in Psychology. From moving to the United States from Romania 20 years ago, as a teenager, to living with a very close family member with mental illness, to becoming a single mother, Gea has experienced not only pain and loss, but also a strengthened faith and a new outlook on life.
Even though some of her old dreams may have been lost, she has discovered new ones, such as working with children and with family members who struggle with loved ones with mental illness. Empathy, compassion, and love of helping hurting people and families have gained a new meaning for Gea. She faced difficult challenges, such as adjusting to a new culture, changes in her family unit, and developing a cultural sensitivity with courage and strength. Her passion is to work with military families and/or children and families facing chronic illnesses. In her career, Gea’s desire is to instill hope, and to make a difference in people’s hurting lives. Gea is now interning as a school counselor, working with students who face emotional, behavioral, and/or academic difficulties. She is also volunteering as an instructor for NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness).
Gea worked as an elementary school teacher, teaching Kindergarten and 4th. Her love of children is an asset in her current work as a school counselor. Gea uses empathy, compassion, and play therapy to connect and counsel the children she works with, while joining with their families, teachers, and administrators.