Director, Counseling Programs
Coordinator, School Counseling
Coordinator, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
BA, Andrews University
MA, Andrews University
PhD, Ball State University
Ileana Freeman-Gutierrez is Professor of Psychology and Counseling, Director of the Graduate Programs in Counseling and Coordinator of the Clinical Psychology Concentration of the BS in Psychology Program at Southern Adventist University. Prior to joining Southern, Ileana taught undergraduate and graduate students at Ball State University and the University of Indianapolis, Indiana. She also worked extensively in counseling and psychotherapy with individuals of all ages, specializing in the clinical treatment of children and adolescents.
Ileana received a BA in Religion and a MA in Counseling from Andrews University. She also completed a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University and is a licensed school counselor as well as a certified family life educator. Professional affiliations include, among others, the American Counseling Association, the American Association of Christian Counselors, the American School Counselor Association, the American Psychological Association, the National Honor Society in Psychology, and the International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education.
Ileana inspires her students to see Christ as their best adviser because she is convinced that he has a special plan for the lives of each one of them. She is passionate about understanding her students at a personal level and helping them fulfill their God-given potential. She is committed to guiding and supporting them as they strive to find and achieve their highest goals.
During her leisure time, Ileana enjoys music, reading, walking, and bicycling. For the last 30 years, she has also acted as co-host for the Spanish version of the radio program Your Story Hour. In this capacity, she is able to inspire the lives of thousands of listeners who every week tune-in to the program in five continents around the world.