Hello! I am a clinical social worker specializing in trauma focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy and supportive psychotherapy. I have extensive experience in assisting individuals struggling with chronic mental health illnesses, such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. I also have extensive experience in assisting individuals who have experienced sexual trauma or who do struggle with inappropriate sexual behaviors. I have worked in both intensive treatment environments as well as community based centers to provide these and other services. I am skilled at creating an open and safe space for you process thoughts and feelings about anything ranging from traumatic or adverse life experiences to daily challenges and changes you may face. Although my experience in working with LGBTQ individuals is limited, I am open to working with these individuals as well.
My main goal in working with you is to provide support and insight in coping with your challenges. I also allow you to process your thoughts to seek solutions and gain perspective when and if needed. In doing so I also use mindfulness techniques for you to gain more awareness of how you feel and cognitive behavioral therapy to identify how your thoughts can motivate or change your behaviors.
Ultimately, I will provide encouragement from a strengths based perspective to focus on what is working in your life versus what isn’t. How I can I help you, help yourself?
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Bipolar disorder
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties
LCSW-C #18451 (Expires: 2020-10-31)
Really helps me gain clarity about my goals, and helps me create realistic and achievable results.
Ilani is an excellent counselor and a great listener. She always checks in if she hasn't heard from me. She understands her patients' goals, their priorities, and she offers the tools she has available to help me cope with my everyday life stressors. She's a kind and honest therapist. I recommend her without reservations.
Very good listener with an equally good intuition for what's going on in your life situation. I'd recommend her to anyone.
I love working with Ilani! I've only had a few sessions so far but she seems to understand what I am going through, offers good insight, and options for how to actually improve my symptoms. She is very easy to talk to, and very genuine.
Ilani is very knowledgeable in her work and timely with her responses!
I worked with Ilani intermittently over the last few months and every time I spoke with her, she was extremely validating and offered me tangible guidance on what I could do to approach some of the challenges I discussed with her. I really appreciated Ilani's care, patience, and attention during our sessions and how she helped me to reframe some of my thinking. Ilani is a gem and I'm extremely grateful for her and to BetterHelp for connecting us!
Ilani is a good listener, even over live chat. She pauses what she's typing when I start to type more. Although I don't think I express myself well all the time, she always seems to get what I'm saying. She seems to know what to say and offers good advice. She is willing to let our talks go wherever I take them and does not try to get me 'on task'. She also helped me establish goals very easily. She's friendly and easy to talk to.
I’d struggled finding the right therapist for a few months and had honestly gotten frustrated. After my first call with Ilani I knew I’d found a good one. She listens well and then guides you through practical methods for dealing with your issues-which for me was really bad anxiety and a constant state of being overwhelmed. In our few sessions I’ve felt like she understands me and respects me in a comfortable space.
Her approach is directional in order to help me get on track to feeling better. I will continue schedule appointments and will be utilizing the video sessions.
I have only had my counselor for a short time but so far she is relatable and listens to me very well. I never feel rushed or as I am receiving text book answers so feel I was matched perfectly and I would recommend her to anyone.
She listens well and has great insight.
She is nice and listens well. Usually offers good advice but sometimes it doesn't seem very professional to me. But all in all she listens very well and shows she cares.
I can definitely say that she is nice to talk to and makes me feel like I can say anything to her and won't feel judged or like I'm being looked down on. I feel like we connect well and it just feels right when I talk with Ilani. I think I've found my therapist on here, I'm feeling very hopeful about this and I think we'll accomplish a lot when we really get into our discussions/therapy sessions. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to get help in such a convenient, easy and stress-free setting, my own home! It's so hard for me to get myself out of the house because of my severe social anxiety, depression and PTSD. Wish me luck and I wish you all the best of luck as well!
I really appreciate the Ms. Ighedosa takes time to listen to me and then offer constructive feedback and/or advice. I feel like I am talking to a friend that was educated in counseling. I know that if I come to her with multiple issues in one session, she will hear my primary concern even if I can't relay it clearly. She never makes me feel rushed and I feel like all of my pressing concerns are addressed in our sessions. I am very grateful to have been matched with her.
Ilani is a great counselor. She listens closely to your concerns and offers great thinking assignments that help you work through your problems. I really enjoyed our session.
Right at the start, Ilani started asking all the right questions to get at the problems I was bringing up. It's been hard to find the right counselor that actually wanted to help me work through the issues I brought up instead of having a conversation or even talking about themselves for a while. Ilani is clearly experienced and good at helping people understand their problems. I highly recommend her.
I really appreciate Llani. She's extremely attentive and very helpful, I would recommend her to everybody! She's dope!