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About Gelana

Writing a bio about yourself can be pretty difficult so I will keep it brief and let testimony from previous clients speak for itself. 

My family and I moved into the Pekin community about 10 years ago.  Since that time I have worked at the Children's Home Association, EPIC and Lutheran Social Services.
I graduated from Walden University with a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2013 and became a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.   

It took me many years to figure out that I am a highly sensitive person and how this trait played a role in my life.  I suffered with my sensitivities not understanding why I always took things personal.  Going through this struggle, I suffered from my own periods of depression and anxiety.
  Since that time, I knew, helping people was my life purpose.  Nothing hurts my heart more than seeing someone suffer. I decided, if I could help, I would do everything in my power to prevent further pain.  This is also one of the reasons I became a foster and adoptive mother.  

People who know me and have worked with me have this to say about me: 


"Gelana is one of the most genuine people I know." 

"I felt so comfortable talking to her.  Like I knew her my whole life. "

"Gelana has helped me set my goals and priorities in order.  When I couldn't figure out what to do she was right there to help me fight through it.  She never gave up on me.  She pushed me to try my best even at a time I didn't believe I could see happiness anymore. I loved having her as my first counselor, she definitely set high expectations for the rest of the counselors I saw."

"Gelana has created such a safe place for me to open up and be honest without feeling judged.  I know she really cares about me and pushes me to care about myself too.  She has taught me so many new skills and has helped me set lifelong goals." 

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