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 an Associate 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 has experience working with adults and older adolescents presenting with anxiety, mood disorders, stress, interpersonal and relationship issues, adjustment difficulties, low-self esteem, addiction, binge eating, emotion regulation difficulties, and difficulties associated with complex trauma. Drug and alcohol addiction is a particular area of interest for Ilana, and alongside her work at My Space she conducts group therapy for adults dealing with addiction in an inpatient clinic at a private hospital.
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 and self-destructive behaviours, interpersonal problems, and difficulty managing their emotions. Her previous clinical experience also includes working at Cumberland Hospital treating clients with severe 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 has a genuine curiosity and sensitivity that enables her to develop a collaborative, reflective, and trusting relationship with her clients and to tailor therapy to each person’s unique needs. Ilana has a passion for supporting people foster meaningful growth, and 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. She enjoys working within both short- and longer-term therapy frameworks and adopts an integrative approach to therapy by drawing upon Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches.