Adrienne Cane Ilang, MA, MFT - Approach - San Mateo, CA
Lic. No. LMFT 53035
My Approach

When working with parents,  individuals, teens, and children, I feel that the therapeutic relationship is the foundation for a positive therapeutic experience.  I want to forge a connection that will create an environment for deep and productive work to be done.  

I work to provide a nurturing and supportive environment for the exploration of your needs, and the steps to achieve your goals.

I am grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Dr. David Burns' TEAM-CBT ) and have received training in it's application to both adults as well as teens and children. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an approach to change which targets symptoms using a variety of specialized techniques. It relies on the premise that the way we think directly impacts the way we feel such that changing our thoughts is crucial to an improvement in our mood, emotions, and symptoms.
I find this mode of therapy to be most effective and can offer change in an efficient manner.  

Patients whom come through my door with an openness to self-reflection and a willingness to work hard both inside and outside of therapy are those who get the most from our work together.

When working with parents and families I use a Parenting by Connection approach as a foundation which to view parent-child relationship needs and the behaviors of the child. 

Additionally, I employ Play Therapy with younger children to complement the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

The First Session:
Following your free  15-minute phone consultation, an appointment will be set to begin the process of getting to know you as a person and begin to understand the complexities of what has brought you to therapy at this time. At this time, we will begin to focus on what you hope to get out of therapy of what goals are most important to you.


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