Ivy Villani

(MSW, LICSW)
Therapist Ivy Villani Photo

About Me

Hi there! Way to go on taking a beginning step to achieve one of your many goals in life.

My name is Ivy and I have worked with people my entire life. I found that as a child, I was able to meet people and understand where they came from in a way that not many people could. As an adult, I have been able to develop that into a career. There is always a story that begins with "when I was a child", and mine is no different. When I was a child, I was faced with many different problems and situations that I felt that no one in the world could understand. I tried many different things in an effort to get my own life on track without letting anyone else know that I was struggling. As you may or may not know, this is not always the best option. However, what this did was that it lead me down a path of being able to walk in the shoes of other people; to see things as they see things.

I have experience working with families who are involved in the child care system, both as foster parents and as clients involved in the system. I have experience with individuals who are questioning where they are in life and where they want to be. I have experience, helping people feel like people again. The way that I chose to work with individuals is that everyone is an individual and everyone lives their lives through a day to day schedule. I believe in checking in and allowing you to tell me what you need and what you want. What do you feel like you need today; what about yesterday. Can we plan for tomorrow? Do you need me to listen or do you need me to respond? Would it be helpful for a brainstorming partner or someone who can take all that emotional weight you have and take it off your back for a while?

My work is not based upon a single method of thinking or processing, but rather whatever combination you need. I believe that even if you don't believe in your own ability to help yourself right now, it is there, and together we can make a difference and a change that you can continue to use and implement long after we are no longer working together.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Read more...
Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LICSW #25606 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Reviews

Written by J.E. on Nov 29, 2021 after therapy with Ivy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coaching

Ivy is super great at listening and responding with questions and thoughts that clarify so much of what is in my head that didn’t have words. She’s amazing!

Written by H.E. on Nov 25, 2021 after therapy with Ivy for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

She is amazing and very helpful, I always enjoy our sessions. I would strongly recommend her to anyone!

Written by D.A. on Nov 17, 2021 after therapy with Ivy for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coaching

Ivy is one of thw best people to talk to. I was hesitant about better help and therapy in general and after speaking with ivy I've been not only feeling better but working towards having a healthy mind set about my self. 10/10 should have talked to her sooner

Written by J.A. on Nov 08, 2021 after therapy with Ivy for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

I am really liking my sessions thus far and feel that I can accomplish my goals.

Written by S.T. on Oct 28, 2021 after therapy with Ivy for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, and parenting issues

Ivy was an outside voice for me as I struggled with parenting a teenager. She helped me see things from my son’s perspective and just helped me think through ways I could change my reactions to help his reactions. Virtual/texting has allowed us to communicate at odd times providing flexibility.

Written by M.A. on Oct 27, 2021 after therapy with Ivy for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

She’s the best therapist that I have ever encountered. She is simply amazing and know how to communicate even with me and thats saying a ton.
I would recommend her to anyone and everyone.

Written by N.A. on Sep 17, 2021 after therapy with Ivy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

I am amazed at how well Ivy understands me and my issues and how quickly. She has a way to deliver content that resonates, hits true to home, and doesn't feel heavy or overwhelming. I am very thankful to have her guide me on my journey.

Written by K.O. on Aug 09, 2021 after therapy with Ivy for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Ivy is great at listening and helping me find the question at the center. She checks in regularly and her email messages are a real boost for me!

Written by E.L. on Jul 28, 2021 after therapy with Ivy for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

I wasn’t too sure how it would go transitioning from traditional in-person counseling to a digital platform. Now a year later, I can say I’ve had a very positive experience with Better Help! So grateful to have had this platform available to me. I have an unusual work schedule and honestly found scheduling in-person appointments stressful; this app makes it so much more convenient which means I’ve been more likely to actually make time to prioritize my mental health. I appreciate quality of care put into pairing people with a counselor. Ivy has been an absolutely incredible resource helping me address whatever is going on and whatever I’m working toward, in a supportive and structured way. I have been able to get through some tough times and refocus on new goals, and I’ve actually been able to feel & see the progress I’ve made over the past year. Thanks to my continued amazing experience with Ivy, I find myself recommending Better Help frequently to friends and family who are looking for counseling but don’t know where to start.

Written by L.U. on Jul 15, 2021 after therapy with Ivy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Ivy is a great listener and offers great pieces of advice that make a big difference. She is understanding and is able to explain everything in a very understandable matter.

Written by L.A. on Apr 09, 2021 after therapy with Ivy for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Ivy is hands down the best therapist I've ever had. She is excellent! She is thoughtful, attentive and very responsive. We have made an excellent team and I'm so grateful to have been matched up with her. 12/10 would recommend her to everyone!

Written by M.O. on Jan 30, 2021 after therapy with Ivy for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

Ivy has been great so far and we are only 2 sessions in. I signed up slightly hesitant about whether therapy was really right for me. I am already feeling like it was a good choice.

Written by K.E. on Jan 18, 2021 after therapy with Ivy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and parenting issues

Ivy is awesome! She is a great listener, very empathetic, and is willing to meet me where I'm at. I feel like she has an excellent understanding of how I work and my needs. She gives me tangible strategies that I can easily apply. I would highly recommend her!

Written by L.A. on Sep 27, 2020 after therapy with Ivy for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Ivy is great and has helped me through some rocky points in my life even if it’s just me needing to let it all out. I have a lot of respect and appreciation for Ivy. Thank you. BetterHelp is great. Even when there are times I don’t use this app for awhile I still highly support it.

Written by K.A. on Aug 24, 2020 after therapy with Ivy for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and career difficulties

I have appreciated Ivy’s help so much over these last couple months! She is always there when I need her and I never feel judged. She helps me think of things in a whole new light and has so many little tips to help ease my anxiety. I never feel like she’s trying to over analyze or diagnose me, she just listens and gives the most helpful advice I’ve ever received.

Written by M.E. on Aug 10, 2020 after therapy with Ivy for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Ivy has been amazing!

Written by S.A. on Jul 24, 2020 after therapy with Ivy for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

She always makes me feel grounded and never makes me feel like my struggles are silly. I feel listened to and supported.

Written by C.A. on Jul 20, 2020 after therapy with Ivy for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Ivy has been my biggest supporter during a time of chaos in my life.

Written by M.A. on Jun 25, 2020 after therapy with Ivy for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and eating disorders

Ivy is incredibly relatable, down to earth, and is a very helpful resource and sounding board for me. After two sessions, she's really helped me organize my thoughts and allowed me to talk out some stale energy that needed to be released. Very grateful to have been matched with her as my counselor.

Written by R.E. on Jun 10, 2020 after therapy with Ivy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

I love working with Ivy. She is a great listener and extremely helpful with tactic actions I can take to help my anxiety, which is exactly what I was looking for!

Written by J.E. on Jun 09, 2020 after therapy with Ivy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Ivy is kind and asks pointed questions. I can beat around the bush sometimes but she's getting clarity out of my concerns and needs. She's helping me set up attainable goals to overcome my slump.

Written by T.I. on May 15, 2020 after therapy with Ivy for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

She’s amazing she’s easy to talk to when I feel like I can’t talk to anyone else.

Written by H.A. on May 12, 2020 after therapy with Ivy for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

She is very good at what she does. She listens amazingly and knows exactly what to say.

Written by J.E. on Apr 30, 2020 after therapy with Ivy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Ivy is a great counselor. She listens and provides advice and tips. She is thoughtful and helpful. She has knowledge of the human brain, and I have learned about myself and people and why we act the way we do. She also provides a safe space to share issues.

Written by B.R. on Apr 24, 2020 after therapy with Ivy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Ivy is super nice and very understanding.

Written by J.E. on Mar 18, 2020 after therapy with Ivy for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

Ivy is incredible. As someone who has always teetered on whether or not I "need" a counselor, working with Ivy has benefited me greatly. She has helped me create concrete goals and action plans, keeps me accountable and encourages me along the way.

Written by N.I. on Mar 05, 2020 after therapy with Ivy for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, self esteem, and coaching

Ivy brings a great perspective to your conversations. And working with her is so much like visiting with a friend, and yet she asks all the right questions to really get you thinking about things. Her ability to neutralize concerns I have with actions or coming at something from another direction is very cool.

Written by J.A. on Feb 14, 2020 after therapy with Ivy for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and eating disorders

I really like working with Ivy, she's responsive and thoughtful, never judgemental.

Written by B.A. on Jan 27, 2020 after therapy with Ivy for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and anger management

Ivy has helped me tremendously in understanding and processing my emotions, especially those that I want to improve for myself and my family’s wellbeing. She’s very thoughtful and empathetic, with actionable recommendations that produce results. I’m very grateful to have her as a resource to talk to.

Written by P.A. on Jan 06, 2020 after therapy with Ivy for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

Ivy has been very helpful!

Written by C.A. on Nov 12, 2019 after therapy with Ivy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

I just started therapy with Ivy and so far so good! She responds fast and understands what I want to work through. She has offered different types of work sheets to help me really think about my self worth and be more positive.

Written by R.A. on Nov 04, 2019 after therapy with Ivy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Ivy responds quickly and reaches out if she hasn’t heard from me in a day or two. She is respectful of my thoughts and helps me to better understand how I can work hard to be better ( which is my goal)