Rea received her initial training as a nurse at the Royal Alexandra Hospital School of Nursing, and later completed her Bachelor of Nursing through Athabasca University where she graduated with Great Distinction. She then completed a Masters of Counselling degree through Campus Alberta, and convocated with honours at the University of Calgary. Rea is registered as a Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) and the Psychologists' Association of Alberta (PAA), and holds accreditation with EMDR Canada and the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (CRHSPP). CRHSPP is a national credentialing body with approximately 3200 psychologist members across Canada who have met supplementary training and experience in psychological health care, beyond requirements of provincial or territorial licensure. Rea aspires to the highest ethical standards outlined in the Canadian Psychologist's Association Code of Ethics.