Being in the entertainment industry for a few years, Ilona realized, that her passion for mindful living began amidst the chaos of being a publicist for high profile celebrities and brands. The constant pressure, urgency, and balance of image and identity fascinated her, but she knew it was not meant long-term for her sensitive and introspective soul. This way of life was then followed by a second career in the healing arts doing energy work and therapeutic massage. While hands on healing was a wonderful modality, her passion for words, stories and meaning making gave her the desire to go back to grad school, and obtain the 3000 hours required for licensure as a psychotherapist. Ilona believes in synchronicity and the flow of life, and is now grateful to draw upon her past careers to inform her current private practice.
Ilona draws on the experiences of her past to inform her work. Being a dancer in her early years, she is very aware of the importance of body posture, breath work, and movement. Emotions and memories are stored in our bodies, affecting how we show up in the world on a daily basis. It is vital to learn about how you express yourself, how you experience your feelings, and how that impacts your behavior/relationships. How can you create change unless you first take a non-judgmental look at yourself, learn about why you do what you do, and then decide what you would rather be/do/have?
How we show up in our minds, bodies and relationships has a huge impact on our emotional wellbeing.
Phillips Graduate Institute | Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy
University of California, Irvine | B.A. in Psychology & Social Behavior | Minor in Management