Ilana Molkner, ASW
Life often brings challenges and stressors that may sometimes feel overwhelming. In today’s world, feelings of anxiety, depression, loneliness and isolation have become increasingly present for many people. It’s not necessary to face one’s struggles alone, and we can all benefit from working with a compassionate, objective and qualified therapist. Taking the first step to seek support is courageous, and I thank you for taking the time to review my background.
My name is Ilana Molkner and I am a Board Certified Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) and therapist. I provide a safe, supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere to work together with clients and rediscover their strengths to transcend challenges. My collaborative approach allows clients to feel understood, accepted and empowered to heal, grow and transform their lives. I bring authenticity, warmth, and also a little humor into the therapeutic space.
I utilize various treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), narrative therapy and solution-focused therapy, and incorporate mindfulness and relaxation techniques to best support clients. I have experience working with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, relationship challenges, life transitions, crisis intervention, gender/sexual identity issues, substance use and psychosis.
I hold a Master’s in Social Work with a clinical/behavioral health specialty from the University of Maryland, a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, and a B.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University. My experience includes working with adolescents and adults of all ages including teens and transition-age youth (18-25), seniors 65+, LGBTQ clients, severely mentally ill populations, and those with co-occurring disorders. I have worked in a
variety of settings, including a community mental health services clinic in San Diego, and outpatient mental health centers and clinics in Maryland. I am also evolving and growing as a therapist. I am currently training in Gottman Couples Therapy, the only evidence-based couples therapy.
My passion for making a positive impact for others has informed my journey to help individuals, couples and families live healthier and more rewarding lives. I look forward to meeting you and making encouraging changes together!