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 7 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, working with people, especially kids 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."