Ilana Sancha, LMSW, received her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, with a focus in Family, Youth and Children. Ilana is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and comprehensively trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Problem Solving Therapy (PST), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT). Additionally, she is trained in Parent Management Training (PMT), an evidence-based model that targets behavioral and attention-seeking behaviors of children by working with the parents and caregivers to develop structured parenting skills.
Ilana has an extensive background working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Prior to joining Hartstein Psychological Services, Ilana worked to implement a collaborative care model to integrate mental health services within New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation. While there, she worked in a primary care setting to provide therapy to adolescents and young adults specifically treating a variety of anxiety disorders, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conduct disorders and grievance work. Ilana also worked at The New York Foundling’s Article 31 Mental Health Clinic where she provided trauma treatment to children and adolescents with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Ilana served as the Director of Elementary School Programming for the Educational Alliance where she created social and emotional learning programming in underperforming New York City schools. This included developing a mentorship program, creating interventions for high-risk students and focusing on young female empowerment groups.
Ilana believes that the importance of a therapeutic relationship lies in active listening, genuineness, and respect. She individualizes treatment to create a safe and empowering environment to achieve clients’ goals. Ilana uses these guiding principles to support her clients to promote healing, enhance functioning, and build self-reliance.