Ilana holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Technology Sydney and an Honours degree in Psychology from the Australian College of Applied Psychology. She also has degrees in Arts, Law, and Education from the University of New South Wales. Ilana is registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).
Ilana has worked with individuals and delivered group therapy programs across a variety of settings, including public and private hospital settings, community mental health services, and a university clinic. She works with adults presenting with anxiety, mood disorders, stress, relationship issues, grief, adjustment difficulties, low self-esteem, addiction, emotion regulation difficulties, and complex trauma.
In the past, Ilana has worked in a community mental health service with individuals experiencing complex and chronic mental health difficulties, and was involved in facilitating a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills training program for people struggling with impulsive behaviours, interpersonal and relationship problems, and difficulty managing emotions. She has also conducted group therapy for adults dealing with addiction in an inpatient clinic at a private hospital, and has worked at Cumberland Hospital treating clients with emotion regulation and personality difficulties in the context of complex trauma. She has published research articles investigating the long-term impacts of intergenerational trauma, and on the factors influencing individuals’ decisions to undergo bariatric surgery for weight loss.
Ilana is a non-judgemental and open-minded therapist who brings warmth, compassion, and dedication to her work. She enjoys working within both short- and longer-term therapy frameworks, developing a collaborative and trusting relationship with her clients to tailor therapy to each person’s unique needs. She believes that we can all benefit from developing insight into our personal thinking styles, behavioural patterns, and ways of relating to others and to ourselves. Ilana adopts an integrative approach to therapy, working within a psychodynamic framework while drawing upon Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).