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Meet Ilona

It is no coincidence that I chose this career.


As far back as I can remember, I have always taken an interest in people.  As an adult, this developed into a curiosity about the human condition and fascination with the qualities that are inherent to all people, such as our pursuit of happiness and belonging, and our desire to lead fulfilling lives.  Every person can reach his or her full potential given the right opportunities and proper conditions.  I employ this philosophy in the work that I do with my clients. 


I can help you identify and create the optimal conditions in your life that will facilitate self-discovery, growth, success and happiness.  I will provide you with the tools that you need to take control of your life and become the best version of yourself!


I am a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 102630), licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. I am also a state-qualified and trained professor with the Los Angeles Community College District, where I teach psychology and professional development courses.


I received my B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and my M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a Marriage & Family Therapy emphasis from Pepperdine University. I obtained my Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University, where I focused my research on wellness in highly-demanding workplaces and published my dissertation, Best Practices for Managing Burnout in Attorneys.

Training & Professional Experience

  -    Therapist Intern at Airport Marina Counseling, working with adults and couples

  -    Therapist Trainee at a foster family agency, working with children, foster parents, and service providers

  -    Counselor for the National Suicide Prevention Center hotline

  -    Supervised by Dr. Arthur L. Kovacs, Ph.D., and Dr. Adam Sheck, Psy.D. 

  -    HR Manager for national firm, focusing on conflict resolution, performance management, talent development, employee

        engagement, career counseling, and coaching

  -    Former member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

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