Barry alumna Dr. Cindy M. George turns passion for counseling into successful practice and nonprofit foundation

Barry alumna Dr. Cindy M. George turns passion for counseling into successful practice and nonprofit foundation

By Jeremy Jones

Cindy M. George, Ph.D., has always had a passion for helping others. Whether it be volunteer projects or assisting those less fortunate within the community, George has remained committed to seeing others get through or adjust to difficult situations.

Her passion has led to a successful career in the field of counseling. George, who lives in the British Virgin Islands, earned her doctorate in Counseling with a Specialization in Marital, Couples and Family Therapy in 2010 from Barry University’s Adrian Dominican School of Education.

“Barry taught me how to be a leader, how to not only go after what I want, but really understand that which I wanted,” George says. “It helped me to be a leader, to be able to assert myself and lead a group of people with a common goal.”

It didn’t take long for George to put into practice the leadership skills she learned at Barry University. After earning her doctorate, she began working at Florida International University as an instructor in the university’s College of Education as part of the Counselor Education Program. Then, in 2012, George founded her own private counseling practice in the British Virgin Islands, Cimorge Counseling & Consultation Inc., where she also serves as director.

Her practice focuses on individuals (adults and children), couples, and families with various mental disorders and life adjustment challenges/difficulties. George also provides consultation services to human resource and general managers in the private and public sectors.

Her success doesn’t end there. George is also the founder and CEO of the Cimorge Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on the psycho-social development of adolescents and older adults, which is composed of three board members and six volunteers. Additionally, George is an online instructor for the International College of the Cayman Islands, hosts a weekly television program called “The Dr. Cindy Show” and for three years hosted a weekly radio program called “Living Well with Cimorge.”

“Overall, my career has been successful, and my education and experiences as a student at Barry prepared me for that,” says George, who chose Barry University for its small class sizes, individualized attention and diverse student population. “[I learned] how to work in a team, be part of a team, how to be cooperative, and how to deal with competition and negativity in situations and with other people.” 

George also attributes her success to the empowering and inspiring impact that some of her professors made on her life. This, George says, played a vital role in helping her to become the successful and effective counselor she is today.

“I would say the key to my success is fearlessness. It allows me to be steadfast and assertive in taking on any challenge and achieving my goals despite any temporary obstacles,” George says.