Ileana Ungureanu, MD, PhD, LMFT

  Assistant Professor
  708-534-4992 ext. 4992
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Monday: 5-7pm

Tuesday: 3-4pm

Wednesday: 3-4pm

  College: COE

Counselor Education and Supervision, Ed.D.
Division of Psyc and Counseling


Dr. Ungureanu graduated with a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University, and is a Licensed Marriage and family Therapist in the state of Illinois. She has more than 10 years of teaching experience and has been clinically active for than 12 years. She has been teaching in both master and doctoral level programs in MFT and MCFC settings. Dr. U's, as her students fondly call her, teaching and clinical interests are related to trauma, loss and chronic medical issues in couples and families and her clinical approach is the attachment-based model, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a model that permeates her clinical practice as well as her teaching and supervision methods.. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Chicago Center for EFT, participating actively in the trainings and events offer by the Center.

Dr. U is an active presenter at various conferences in the field at regional, national and international organizations such as International Association for Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC), International Family Therapy Association (IFTA) or Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy IAMFT).
Her latest presentations include an upcoming presentation in Basel, Switzerland at IFTA

Ungureanu, I., & Robey, P. (2020). “Exquisite” empathy: connecting in the therapeutic relationship when working with trauma. Basel, Switzerland, March 2020.

Some selected presentations from past years:

• Ungureanu, I. Loving at the Edge: Treating couples with Childhood Sexual Abuse. International Association for Marriage and Family Counselors, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 2019.

• Ungureanu, I. Healing from complex trauma: The role of the therapeutic relationship. Illinois Affiliation of Marriage and Family Therapists Conference, Naperville, IL, April 2018.

Her latest publications include:

• Ungureanu, I., and Hall, C.A. (in press). Grief and loss effects on the couple. In K.S Wampler (Ed.), Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons Publishing.

• Ungureanu, I. (2017). Death of a child: Impact on the parents' couple relationship. In J. Fitzgerald (Ed.), Foundations for Couples' Therapy: Research for the Real World (pp. 103-111). New York, NY: Routledge.