Late adolescence, Adulthood, Anxiety, Depression, Relational Issues, Relationship Trauma, LGBTQ+ Community, Childhood Trauma, Phase of Life (life transitions)
Approach and Specialties
I use a collaborative approach with clients. You are the expert on your own life and I will work with you to determine relevant goals - keeping in mind that just as life is ever-changing, your goals in counseling may shift. I cultivate a safe space where clients are free to express their innermost thoughts and feelings at the pace they are comfortable, welcoming constructive feedback from my clients throughout the therapeutic process to ensure that I am best serving you. I utilize techniques from a variety of different modalities including Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure, Insight-Oriented Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused Therapy. I center my work around the importance of the therapeutic relationship, creating a safe, empathic, and non-judgmental space for clients to work through difficulties
Education and Background
I currently possess a Limited Permit in Mental Health Counseling in the State of New York and am working towards full licensure. I earned my Master’s degree in School and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania in 2020. Furthermore, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island in 2018. I have experience providing school and mental health counseling services in primary and secondary schools. In addition, I currently work at an outpatient mental health clinic serving both adolescents and adults with various mental health issues.
Ileana is currently accepting new in-person and virtual clients and participates with Aetna, Cigna, and Fidelis insurance plans.