Ivy Villani

(MSW, LICSW)

About Me

Hey there and welcome to the world of therapy! This world can be intimidating but fun and it for sure it will leave a lasting impression (hopefully a good one).

My name is Ivy and I love working with children and young adults. One thing that is hard to think about is that every adult, anywhere, was once a child. I know, its a big thing to think about. That is what I do, I think about what kind of adults our children, adolescents, and young adults are going to become and what we, as current adults, can do to help them.

The world is so different than what is was when I was growing up. I have been involved in working with children since I was a child. I worked with children in special education when I was in elementary, middle, and high school. I was a preschool teacher and a special education teacher while getting my Psychology Degree. I volunteered with children in foster homes for a while and then went to school and got my Masters in Social Work so that I could work with children involved in child protection. I love the concept that a child is changing mentally just as much as they are changing physically and that no matter what happens in their lives, they have the ability to react in a way that keeps their lives moving forward.

My childhood was not perfect, it wouldn't even fit in the great and amazing category. I understand so much of what kids go through and I also understand that everything has a beginning, middle, and end. My work with children is focused upon building a relationship with them in a way that will allow them to let me help them see the beginning, middle, and end to their own individual situations, circumstances, or problems. The way that I work with them is through a very relaxed and comfortable manner. I am not afraid of being made fun of, having a completely not serious meeting, or having a session that is off the wall and not at all related to what we have talked about previously. I tis important to remember that a child needs someone in their corner, they need control over some aspect of their lives, and while working with me, they get that.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LICSW #25606 (Expires: 2020-09-01)


Reviews

Written by J.E. on Mar 18, 2020 after counseling with Ivy for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

Ivy is incredible. As someone who has always teetered on whether or not I "need" a counselor, working with Ivy has benefited me greatly. She has helped me create concrete goals and action plans, keeps me accountable and encourages me along the way.

Written by L.A. on Mar 09, 2020 after counseling with Ivy for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Ivy is amazing, she helps with strategies to make life easier to cope with and exercises to find a light when going through difficult times & I can’t thank this app & the professionals enough for helping people through difficult times.

Written by N.I. on Mar 05, 2020 after counseling with Ivy for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, self esteem, and coaching

Ivy brings a great perspective to your conversations. And working with her is so much like visiting with a friend, and yet she asks all the right questions to really get you thinking about things. Her ability to neutralize concerns I have with actions or coming at something from another direction is very cool.

Written by J.A. on Feb 14, 2020 after counseling with Ivy for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and eating disorders

I really like working with Ivy, she's responsive and thoughtful, never judgemental.

Written by B.A. on Jan 27, 2020 after counseling with Ivy for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and anger management

Ivy has helped me tremendously in understanding and processing my emotions, especially those that I want to improve for myself and my family’s wellbeing. She’s very thoughtful and empathetic, with actionable recommendations that produce results. I’m very grateful to have her as a resource to talk to.

Written by T.I. on Jan 13, 2020 after counseling with Ivy for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I’ve had one other counselor besides Ivy and Ivy is amazing. Ivy talks to me and responds every day and multiple times a day and if I forget to respond.

Written by S.A. on Jan 12, 2020 after counseling with Ivy for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

Really took the time to get to know me and who I was before really giving advice and counselling. So that the recommendations were more tailored for me and my lifestyle.

Written by P.A. on Jan 06, 2020 after counseling with Ivy for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

Ivy has been very helpful!

Written by E.L. on Dec 06, 2019 after counseling with Ivy for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

I am so impressed with this service and with my counselor, Ivy. I’ve been in and out of counseling for basically my entire life, so I know it’s a matchmaking process to find the kind of help that best suits my needs at that time. This resource is so accessible and flexible, so even though I have an unusual work schedule, I’ve had no problem getting help when I need it. And Ivy has really been a huge help— she’s very supportive and helped me clarify my therapy goals & achieve them. Would definitely recommend.

Written by C.A. on Nov 12, 2019 after counseling with Ivy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

I just started therapy with Ivy and so far so good! She responds fast and understands what I want to work through. She has offered different types of work sheets to help me really think about my self worth and be more positive.

Written by B.E. on Nov 08, 2019 after counseling with Ivy for 2 weeks

Ivy is lovely to work with!

Written by R.A. on Nov 04, 2019 after counseling with Ivy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Ivy responds quickly and reaches out if she hasn’t heard from me in a day or two. She is respectful of my thoughts and helps me to better understand how I can work hard to be better ( which is my goal)

Written by G.R. on Sep 23, 2019 after counseling with Ivy for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Ivy has helped me find a way to relax. She also helped me understand what was going wrong with myself and my relationship with my family. Thank you, Ivy!

Written by S.A. on Sep 22, 2019 after counseling with Ivy for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Ivy is wonderful, helpful and insightful!