About Clinical Intern Connie Gago
Hello! My name is Connie Gago. I’m a bilingual counselor-in-training at Montgomery County Counseling Center. Currently, I am pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Liberty University. My hope is to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the near future.
I’m originally from Lima, Peru. I’m fluent in Spanish and English. I have experience working with underserved communities and those affected by interpersonal trauma. My approach is person-centered and strength-based, and I seek to create a safe and non-judgmental space where we can work together on addressing factors that affect your mind, body, and soul.
Education and Experience
My background is in marketing and communication. I have a BA in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park, and I have experience working for non-profits that help underserved communities. My passion for equipping people in need led me to the counseling profession; my interests include the role of epigenetics, trauma, culture, and spirituality in a client’s healing process.
As a bilingual counselor-in-training, I seek to grow as an advocate for clients and social issues in the counseling profession. I’m a member of the Maryland Counseling Association, and I served as an Emerging Leader in 2020-2021. Also, I am a member of Chi Sigma Iota – an international honor society of professional counseling. I’m currently in the Minority Fellows Program with the National Board of Certified Counselors, where I’m committed to gain knowledge, tools, and resources to help underserved communities.
In the last several months, my role has transitioned from a clinical mental health student to a clinical trainee. My practicum placement was at a private practice in Chantilly, VA, where I served a diverse group of clients. I learned about the importance of a client’s spirituality in a client’s healing journey. I also learned how to ethically integrate a client’s spirituality in counseling sessions, and how to incorporate counseling skills and techniques while doing so.
- Culturally-informed care
- Crisis intervention and mediation
- Intergenerational conflict
- Interpersonal relationships
- Emotional regulation
In my free time, you can find me hiking in the great outdoors or going to a work-out class at my local gym. I’ve been into yoga and weight-lifting lately! I also enjoy cooking a new recipe, journaling and reflecting, or cuddling with my cat Benji. I love to travel, learn about new cultures, and try different types of ethnic cuisines. If I’m not visiting my family in Peru, I’m most likely exploring a country (or state) I haven’t been to yet. Lately, I’ve grown fond of exploring national parks and taking small getaways in the US. My hope is to take a cross-country road trip someday.