Janine Leigh Ilsley

Master Social Worker, LMSW, RYT-500

Contact Info

(718) 260–6042


  • Master Social Worker
    New Jersey

  • Master Social Worker
    New York


450 7th Avenue, Suite 809
New York, New York 10123
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Telephone: (718) 260–6042

"In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert's, there are few." Shunryu, Suzuki, Zen master Buddha

I approach our time in therapy with a "beginner's mind" - that is, recognizing my role as both the observer and listener of client's stories in knowing that we, as individuals, are far greater than what our past experiences assumes us to be. However, the words contained within the narratives we often tell ourselves and others has an incredibly powerful impact on our ability to heal. Therapy offers a vantage point to bear witness to the narratives that block the inner wisdom of our mind and body. The clearing away of these self-limiting beliefs, or obstructions, creates the healing space necessary to reclaim the authentic voice that writes the path of your life.

There is no formulaic method or “one-size-fits all” approach. My training in evidence-based modalities, mindfulness-based practices, and trauma-informed techniques, in addition to my studies in developmental neurosciences, are all different vistas through which I can view the individual and provide support in a more Wholehearted way. Together, we can come to honor and share the wisdom of our lived experiences, and more fully dance in the circle of life


  • Anxiety and depression
  • Emotional regulation
  • Stress management
  • Self-esteem
  • Chronic illness and disabilities
  • Transitions
  • Spiritual guidance
  • Incorporating writing into the recovery process using The Artist’s Way
  • Adolescent development & empowerment
  • Group work


  • Columbia University School of Social Work, MSSW
  • 500-HR Registered Yoga Teacher
  • SomEx (SM) Therapy for Trauma & Addiction, Level 1 
  • LifeForce Yoga for Mood Management, Level 1 – Amy Weintraub & Rose Kress
  • Trauma, Body, & the Brain: Restoring the Capacity for Rhythm & Play - Bessel van Der Kolk & Lucia Sky
  • Complicated Grief Training, Level 1
  • Neurofeedback