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I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease about three years ago. It came as quite a shock. I’d never really been sick before, but now I felt as if I’d been given a death sentence. At first, I tried to remain positive. I joined a “Parkie” support group and my wife joined one for caregivers. Most of the people in my group were a lot worse off than I was. You’d think this would make me feel better but it didn’t at all. I started getting more and more depressed. My doctor and the people at the Parkinson’s Center were very supportive but they didn’t offer counseling services. I was also scared about taking an anti-depressant that might interact with my Parkinson’s medication. Finally, I reached a point where I was so depressed my wife got scared I might kill myself. She insisted I find a therapist and asked around until someone told her about Ilisa. My wife went with me to the first appointment. I got a good feeling about Ilisa during that meeting. After that, I continued on my own. Therapy with Ilisa has been extremely helpful. We’ve been working on a few different things. First, she showed me how to use mindfulness techniques that enabled me to stop obsessing about my symptoms or spend hours on the Internet reading about Parkinson’s. She also helped me get some perspective. I still have some good years ahead of me. I have a great marriage and a loving family. I’ve made new friends through the Parkinson’s community. And there’s always a chance of a cure. I think what’s helped most though is the warmth and understanding she always brings to our sessions. It’s such a relief to be able to say things that other people might find shocking. Just being able to express my rage and fear in a safe environment has been a great relief. I still have Parkinson’s, but I know now it doesn’t have to ruin the rest of my life. I thank Ilisa for that.Apr 3, 2017
After being married for more than 20 years, I figured my wife and I shouldn’t need anyone’s help to work out our problems. But our fights kept getting worse and worse until I was so upset and angry all the time that I insisted we enter therapy. We both did some research and ended up agreeing (for once) that we wanted to schedule a session with Ilisa. At first, we were uncomfortable discussing the intimate details of our marriage. But Ilisa was so warm and understanding, she soon put us at ease. I worried that she might take sides, but she was completely even-handed. She gave us tools that we could use whenever we started to get upset with each other. They worked beautifully and we both started feeling a lot better and more hopeful. Looking back, I don’t think our marriage would have survived without her.Mar 31, 2017
I was really looking forward to going away to school but my freshman year turned out to be a disaster. I’m kind of an introvert but that never stopped me from making friends before. The school was so huge and there were so many people in my dorm that it kind of freaked me out. A lot of them, including my suite mates, were into partying, which I’m not, so the constant noise really got to me. I was too ashamed to tell my parents how unhappy I was, so I just tried to do my best. But I got so anxious and depressed I went to see the school counselor. She was nice and sympathetic but not really that helpful. I thought I was going to lose it, so I finally called home and told them what was going on. My dad is from the city where the school is so he asked some of his friends there about therapists who were good at working with people my age. I ended up with a list of people to try and saw three of them before choosing Ilisa. I’m not sure if her having kids in college made a difference but she seemed to understand exactly what I was going through, which was a big relief. She also helped me deal with the incredible stress and depression I was feeling with EMDR. It’s a pretty weird process, but it works! She also helped me understand the reasons why I was having such a hard time and helped me come up with strategies for dealing with them. I’m in my sophomore year now and pretty much back to my old self. I’m glad Ilisa’s there and will go back to her if I start to feel anxious or depressed again.Apr 2, 2017
Therapy and Counseling
We had a great experience and are very happy.Apr 23, 2017Verified
Marriage and Relationship Counseling
My husband and I have been to a few counselors. Not one of them compares to Ilisa. Ilisa saved our marriage. She has an unbelievable memory and gives excellent advice. She was professional and treated us both fairly and honestly. We will always seek her advice for our relationship as well as advice for our kids. I rarely give feedback but Ilisa is the best!Jul 19, 2018Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My fee for a 60-minute individual, couples or family session is $75. Payment is due at the end of each session. I do not accept insurance. All payments are accepted as either cash or check.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Please contact me to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation. Before our first session, I will send you intake forms that you can complete in advance and bring with you to your appointment. You may also come early to your first appointment and complete the paperwork beforehand if you prefer. If you are uncomfortable filling out the forms, I can accommodate you when we meet. Please do not hesitate to call or email if you have any questions or concerns.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I earned my MA in Counseling from Ottawa University, with a concentration in the treatment of trauma, abuse and deprivation, and my BA from Colgate University in New York. I'm also certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).