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Ilona Varo, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

My practice focuses on strengthening the relationship to self, connecting to mind/body, and healing through the power of a therapeutic relationship. I believe in human resiliency and in the power of change through connection, conversation and awareness.

I aim to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment to explore deeper meaning of one's life, feelings and experiences. I believe in the power of change and the ability to re-train our bodies and minds in order to achieve optimal satisfaction and a preferred way of being. I have experience with: Body Image, Self-Esteem, Anxiety, Self-Acceptance, Eating Disorders, Relational Issues, Transitions, Personal Growth, Resiliency Training, Trauma Work, Adjustment Disorders and more. The work begins with self-awareness, and extends into our relationships, careers, as well as physical health.


My life experiences and unique interests allow me to create a therapeutic space to help clients overcome challenges presented by disordered eating, anxiety, adjustment disorders, depression and self-esteem. In my practice, I love working with people whose self-sabotaging behaviors create the impression of being stuck or unable to move beyond past trauma and unable to self-actualize. I utilize modalities such as Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Somatic Awareness and EMDR to individualize therapy for her clients’ needs. Through the therapeutic alliance, I help clients break patterns of fear, concern and anxiety to restore or recreate behaviors that actualize the healthiest, most vital versions of themselves.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): A form of talk therapy that trains clients to recognize
patterns of unproductive thinking and learn healthier responses to challenging situations.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): A subset of CBT that emphasizes a skills-based approach to personal development and tools for controlling one’s emotional responses to stimulus.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Is a therapeutic technique
specific to the treatment of trauma and PTSD in which clients recall their traumatic experiences while their therapist directs their sensory attention elsewhere.

Intuitive Eating: Is a clinical orientation towards the treatment of eating disorders with the
approach that each client is a respective expert on the needs of their own body. Clients work with their therapists to understand the rhythm and intuition of their own body.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): a meditation-based therapeutic program
designed to treat anxiety, depression, stress and pain by training one’s mind to build awareness of one’s body, thoughts, behaviors by focusing intensely on the present.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: is a therapeutic approach that emphasizes a client’s vision and solution instead of source of their problems. Clinicians practicing SFBT guide clients towards engaging solutions and plans for actualizing them.


Trauma Resiliency Model: In this treatment module, trauma is approached in a somatic fashion based on its lasting legacy within the human body. Clients are directed to build resiliency towards the lasting effects of trauma in the body, interpersonally and psycho-socially.

Treatment Approach

Specific Challenges
Stress-related Issues
Self-esteem Issues
Panic Attacks
Intimacy Issues
Body Image Issues
Eating/Food Issues
Gender & Identity Issues
Grief & Loss
Hair Pulling
Disorders Treated
Adjustment Disorders
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Social Phobia
Eating Disorders
Mood Disorders
Major Depressive Disorder (Depression)
Bipolar Disorder

Ilona is an out-of-network provider.


Individual Psychotherapy (50 minutes): $215

Cost after Insurance Reimbursement*: $110


Extended Couples Therapy (90 minutes): $315

Cost after Insurance Reimbursement*: $195

Rates & Insurance

Monday: 8 AM - 8 PM

Wednesday: 8 AM - 8 PM

Thursday: 4 PM - 8 PM


Community & Identity Statement

Ilona works with the following age cohorts:

Young Adults (18-35)

Adults (35-65)