We had the good fortune of connecting with ilona varo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi ilona, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I feel like when I first started my career I had zero work life balance. Everything was my job. Being a solo entrepreneur, I had to do the work of everyone in the company. As I got older and wiser, I really learned the importance of self-care and self regulation. I learned to set strict Must do items for myself on a day-to-day basis. This includes journaling, checking in with my needs, walks outside, grounding/meditation, and mini transition breaks in between patients and tasks. I also limits to when I check emails and text messages so that I am not constantly at the beck and call of my devices. Prioritizing myself and my self-care is a non-negotiable. This was learned through time and took practice.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist as well as life coach. I had a brief stint in the entertainment PR world as well as holistic healing. I feel like my past really informs my current practice and allows me To have a great understanding about working with professionals in the entertainment world. I combine mind body approaches with the demands of the fast paced entertainment industry and help individuals create balance and mastery of their emotional worlds. My practice focuses on women’s issues, anxiety, disordered eating, body image, and overall self-worth/self acceptance. These are all very prominent issues in our society today because of the impact of entertainment world and the media. Building a private practice was not easy, however, I have always Been more of an introvert and really like working one on one with individuals. I’m very proud of the practice that I have built and my unique approach at individualized healing from the inside out.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live near the beach in Santa Monica and absolutely love to be by the water. One of my favorite places to go is Casa Del Mar. Before quarantine, there was live music in the lounge on a nightly basis. Nowadays they have beautiful outdoor seating with a gorgeous view of the sunset and ocean. They also have one of the best burgers in Los Angeles. I also really enjoy wine tasting and one of my favorite tasting rooms is Strange Family Wines in the Malibu lumberyard. I’m a sucker for a view so we would probably also dine at Catch in West Hollywood and the Rooftop lounge at the SoHo House. There would probably also be some hikes at Temescal Canyon and some boardwalk beach walks down in the Manhattan Beach area.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I think credit is due to my wonderful therapist and mentor, Jonathan Flier, LMFT as well as my community of therapist friends who normalize experiences that we have working in this profession. I’m also a big fan of personal development and love books such as “getting past your past,” “the mindful therapist,” and “claim your power.”