Dr. Ilani is an experienced New York State licensed psychologist who holds a dual doctorate degree in clinical psychology and school psychology. She currently maintains a private practice office in Manhattan and the Hamptons.
Dr. Ilani's therapy style is supportive and interactive. Through years of clinical experience, she can provide guidance, but together you will make decisions and practical changes to improve your everday life. From the first session, Dr. Ilani will examine not only some of your social and emotional challenges, but also your physical health, nutritional needs, recent life changes, and educational and career goals. Together, she will bring you to where you want to be.
Using a broad range of treatment tools results in a high success rate with her clients. Dr. Ilani treats each adult, child, and adolescent as a unique individual and as a partner for change!
TrainingClinical Experience Private Practices - Manhattan and Hamptons, New York Staff Psychologist - Children Diagnostic & Treatment Center, NY Consultant, Bi-Lingual Psychological Services Inc.
Teaching Experience Adjunct Professor at State University of New York Human Behavior Child Development Research Methods Solution-Oriented Therapy
Research Experience Research Director at North-Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center A 5-year clinical study of Depression and Anxiety in Medical patients Member of research team at Hofstra University for Cross-Cultural Psychology, New York Reseach presenter at American Psychological Association (APA) Conference, San Francisco Reseach presenter at American Association of Behavioral Therapy (AABT), Miami Reseach presenter at the Washington State University International Conference on Cross-Cultural Psychology
AffiliationsAccepts Insurance, inquire with your plan details.
CertificationNew York State licensed psychologist who holds a dual doctorate degree in clinical psychology and school psychology
ServicesDr. Ilani provides individual and couple therapy in:
Postpartum Depression Infertility Depression and Anxiety Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder Phobias Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Social Skills and Assertiveness Training Anger Management Executive Coaching Career and Workplace Issues Relationship Problems Marriage and Pre-Marital Counseling Parenting Issues Phone Therapy Sessions Available
Completely unprofessional in two respects: scheduling/time management. Sessions often go way longer than expected and she'll make you wait. Sometimes as long as 30 minutes. Because she will give you the full 45 min, it creates a backlog of clients.
The second issue is that she does not remain impartial. A friend suggested I see her. Out of my own concern for not wanting to taint her impression of friend, I never mentioned this relationship in therapy, until that friend confided to me that she was having suicidal ideations. The friend didn't respond to me for 5 days, causing me to panic. I called Dr. Shella and inquired about friend, and she said friend was okay. The friend eventually reached out to me, and told me she was okay. Then she kept texting, several times. I felt confused among other things and wanted to talk it out with Dr. Shella before I spoke with my friend.
When I talked to Dr. Shella about it, she said placed the responsibility of reaching to my friend. Why didn't you respond to all of her texts afterward, etc. etc. she accused me of "not being a good friend." To me, the worst part about this was that she scheduled a back-to-back appointment with friend, and did not tell me about it until 5 minutes before my session ended. She saw no problem with this, and asked me "why does it matter?" I tried to explain to her that regardless of the situation, I may not want to see an acquaintance after a session. Her response was astonishing: Why? You're friends with X, she knows you come here.
It seemed completely unprofessional and she seemed to not understand.
I will say that she gave some good advice the 6 months that I went to her. It was a disappointing situation.
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