Center Intern 2020-2022
Immaculata University, Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Ilyssa is currently a graduate student at Immaculata University in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She prior earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from West Chester University, where her fundamental focus of learning was grief and bereavement.
In addition to her academic studies, for the last 7 years Ilyssa has volunteered at Camp Charlie, an annual summer group opportunity run through Abington Jefferson’s Safe Harbor program. Through this dedicated engagement with youth similar to our Camp Millie experience, Ilyssa has fostered her compassionate understanding for working with grieving children and families.
Ilyssa will serve as Center intern until the spring of 2022, supporting the facilitation of peer groups in the Nello’s Corner program and working with counseling participants, under the close guidance of our specialized therapists and clinical supervisor. She approaches her work with clients using Person-Centered theory, and touches on cognitive behavioral science along with mindfulness techniques in helping others manage challenges that arise over the complicated course of grief. Ilyssa is also being trained on the many models of grief stemming from narrative and attachment theories, and has a strong understanding of the fundamentals of traumatic, complex loss. Above all, Ilyssa uses a positive, empathetic approach to empower her clients as they find meaning and direction through their grief experience, and throughout their life journey.
We are thrilled to have Ilyssa join us for this extended course of study and experiential practice, and trust that she will greatly benefit the grief experience of any client fortunate enough to work with her.