Ilani Ighedosa

(LCSW-C)

About Me

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?


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Abandonment , Antisocial Personality , Attachment Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

Licensing

LCSW-C #18451 (Expires: 2020-10-01)


Reviews

Written by K.A. on Sep 18, 2020 after counseling with Ilani for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

Working with Ilani has been very helpful. She’s the kind of counselor that doesn’t push ideologies or toxic positivity onto you. She’s respectful of many beliefs and attentive during the entire session. Hopefully one day she’ll offer more than text sessions, but her sessions are still of great quality despite only being able to feel her personality through messaging. I’d recommend her to anyone looking for a skilled counselor.

Written by V.E. on Jul 30, 2020 after counseling with Ilani for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I've only had the pleasure of interacting with Ilani for about two sessions. But from just those 2 sessions alone, I can tell how great she is! I had a bad first experience with a different counselor, and the moment we started our conversation, I could tell I was in great hands. Thank you Ilani for all you do! The impact you have in my life, even with our short interactions has been great! I would 100% recommend her to anyone

Written by J.O. on Jul 18, 2020 after counseling with Ilani for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

She’s amazing! I feel I have a clear path on how to better manage my anxieties.

Written by S.A. on Jun 10, 2020 after counseling with Ilani for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Ilani is kind, thoughtful, articulate, and patient! She’s been a huge support for me and always has answers to my questions and solutions on hand. I can tell she’s incredibly experienced and I feel challenged and safe when talking to her!

Written by E.L. on May 13, 2020 after counseling with Ilani for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Great counselor! Really kind and just an overall great person to speak with. I enjoyed my time with her. I’d highly recommend!

Written by J.E. on May 07, 2020 after counseling with Ilani for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Very kind and a good listener.

Written by O.C. on Mar 04, 2020 after counseling with Ilani for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I really enjoy this app and my counselor because she’s being a big help for letting me open up more, thank you once again

Written by B.R. on Jan 14, 2020 after counseling with Ilani for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

She’s awesome

Written by J.O. on Dec 17, 2019 after counseling with Ilani for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Ilani is a wonderful counselor. She is a comforting presence that allows me to open up, and has given me great advice on many issues and anxieties that I've expressed.

Written by H.E. on Nov 24, 2019 after counseling with Ilani for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Ilani is a good listener. She makes me feel like she is available and encourages me to reach out whenever via text. I never feel like she is rushing me through a session. I quit my regular therapist because Ilani offers better support.

Written by M.I. on Nov 19, 2019 after counseling with Ilani for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Ilani is wonderful! She knows exactly what I need to hear and pushes me to grow and accept challenges.

Written by M.A. on Jul 17, 2019 after counseling with Ilani for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes

I feel I am getting better.

Written by T.A. on Jul 09, 2019 after counseling with Ilani for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

She is amazing.

Written by B.R. on Jun 06, 2019 after counseling with Ilani for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Ilani is an awesome counselor. She is very understanding and positive. She helps me get a better perspective of things. She really cares about how I feel and she helps guide me in the right direction. Ilani is an expert in stress management.

Written by N.I. on May 11, 2019 after counseling with Ilani for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and career difficulties

Ilan Ighedosa is very professional, she is a good listener and understands things I’m trying to explain to her. She gives great information on how to deal with different things that I am going through. I would definitely recommend her as a counselor.

Written by D.E. on Apr 08, 2019 after counseling with Ilani for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd

Really helps me gain clarity about my goals, and helps me create realistic and achievable results.

Written by C.R. on Mar 06, 2019 after counseling with Ilani for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

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.

Written by S.C. on Jan 13, 2019 after counseling with Ilani for 5 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Very good listener with an equally good intuition for what's going on in your life situation. I'd recommend her to anyone.

Written by N.I. on Nov 16, 2018 after counseling with Ilani for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

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.

Written by S.A. on Nov 05, 2018 after counseling with Ilani for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

Ilani is very knowledgeable in her work and timely with her responses!

Written by N.I. on Oct 20, 2018 after counseling with Ilani for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

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!

Written by J.E. on Sep 12, 2018 after counseling with Ilani for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship

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.

Written by J.A. on Aug 07, 2018 after counseling with Ilani for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and self esteem

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.

Written by D.I. on May 24, 2018 after counseling with Ilani for 2 weeks

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.

Written by S.H. on May 23, 2018 after counseling with Ilani for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and sleeping

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.

Written by U.N. on Apr 30, 2018 after counseling with Ilani for 2 weeks

She listens well and has great insight.

Written by K.A. on Apr 25, 2018 after counseling with Ilani for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, self esteem, career, and bipolar

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.

Written by L.A. on Apr 20, 2018 after counseling with Ilani for 1 week on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, parenting, self esteem, and anger

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!

Written by O.R. on Mar 03, 2018 after counseling with Ilani for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and family

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.

Written by K.H. on Nov 21, 2017 after counseling with Ilani for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, intimacy-related, parenting, and self esteem

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.

Written by J.A. on Aug 26, 2017 after counseling with Ilani for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, and self esteem

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.

Written by J.E. on Jul 08, 2017 after counseling with Ilani for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, self esteem, anger, and career

I really appreciate Llani. She's extremely attentive and very helpful, I would recommend her to everybody! She's dope!