Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for daytime, evening, and weekend appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- College mental health
- Couples counseling
Ileana McCue is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at East Coast Mental Wellness in Providence, Rhode Island. She specializes in working with college students, children, and couples as they navigate the challenges of anxiety and depression. She takes a mindful, collaborative approach to support clients during difficult times of transition in academics, relationships, and identity.
Ileana draws from evidence-based treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), family systems, interpersonal therapy (IPT), mindfulness-based stress reduction, and supportive therapy. With children, she uses play therapy to help them communciate their experiences in a developmentally meaningful way. She particularly enjoys her work with couples, which involves helping partners resolve conflicts, improve communication, and foster intimacy.
Ileana welcomes clients of all ages, genders, and sexualities to her practice. She is a bilingual therapist, offering sessions in both English and Spanish. She strives to create a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to freely express themselves, acquire skills, and learn to highlight their strengths.
Mindfulness – Building skills to engage the body and mind in the present moment
College mental health – Navigating the transition into college and stressors of academics, personal relationships, and self-development
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
LGBTQIA and sexuality topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Self harm – Building skills and supports to cope with emotional pain, suffering, and numbness; increasing positive meaningful life experiences
Substance use – Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Transgender & gender identity topics – Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Weight management – Healthy approaches to weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight; promoting positive body image
- Neighborhood Health
- Beacon Health
- Initial/ongoing sessions: $140/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"I will help individuals navigate their strengths in a nonjudgmental and safe environment. With me, you can be yourself. I will help you achieve a better quality of life."
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness Based Stress ReductionMindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBCR) brings together the healing benefits of meditation and yoga to reduce stress, anxiety, and autonomic responses. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Rhode Island College, LCSW
Rhode Island College, MSW