Janine Leigh Ilsley
compassionate guide in holistic health.
human being .
To heal ourselves, we need to know ourselves.
To know ourselves, we need to listen to ourselves.
I believe that the purpose of therapy is to become Whole again - to bring you into relationship with all the abandoned parts of yourself while restoring your inherent goodness. We do this by becoming more aware and evermore compassionate towards ourselves. As a therapist, I hold these two "wings" - self-awareness and self-compassion - as healing guides within the power of our clinical relationship. By working from a place of curiosity, I don't shy away from offering respectful challenges to fixed holding patterns and rigid belief systems, and instead facilitate the authentic expression of all the parts present within each of us. In doing so, you can get to know yourself better, learn to trust yourself, and above all be fully seen and heard throughout all your vulnerabilities.
Integrative by nature, I hold the strong belief that we cannot heal the mind without healing the various interrelated dimensions of the body. In doing so, we can come to honor the wisdom of our lived experiences, including the full range of their emotional expressions, and above all expand our capacity to Breathe Fully and Live Deeply in the circle of life.
Now offering IN-PERSON sessions in Montclair, NJ!
How I Work
I work with adolescents (13+) and adults that are looking for ways to create deep, substantive change that LASTS while also finding a greater sense of presence and purpose in their lives.
My areas of specialty include: anxiety & depression, trauma, grief, loss, and women's mental health. I assist those navigating emotional and social difficulties, as well the challenges that come with transitioning and adjusting to major life changes. My previous work at NYU Langone involved supporting those with chronic conditions & illnesses, or otherwise "invisible disabilities."
I am also passionate using the rhythms of the natural world alongside plant medicine to learn how to live more harmoniously with ourselves and others.
I am a somatic-based therapist whose work is rooted in bridging the mind and body. Many come to me for an approach that is not merely trauma-informed, but also fully embodied and deeply empathic.
I prefer to take a unified approach when it comes to treatment. This means I draw from several modalities including Internal Family Systems (IFS), Somatic Experiencing (SE), mindfulness-based practices, and attachment-based psychotherapy and interpersonal neurobiology.
Aside from my professional trainings, I am a certified yoga teacher and student of the Iyengar Method.