Ivy Marwil

Ivy Elinoff Marwil

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

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College students

(Note: Does not see individuals and children under the age of 15)

Specialties & expertise

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Eating issues

  • Adoption related topics

  • Grief and loss

  • College related issues

  • Asperger syndrome

  • Marriage counseling

  • Parenting

  • Sexual identity

  • Stress management

  • ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)

Professional statement

Ivy received her Masters of Social Work from Michigan State University. She has been in private practice for 30 years, and has previously been an instructor for Brown University's PLME program and a consultant at multiple educational, family, and adoption services. 

Ivy sees clients of ages 15 and older, including teenagers, families, and couples. She has particular expertise in adoption-related topics, ADHD, anxiety,  Asperger syndrome, eating disorders, grief and loss of family and friends, marriage counseling, parenting-related challenges, and sexual orientation.

Ivy's practice is eclectic in nature, including psychodynamic therapy, family systems therapy, and cognitive behavioral work. She focusing on building deep relationships with clients, and enjoys marathon running and cooking.


Adoption related topics – Including parents going through the search process, adoptive parents, adoptees, young women who have given up or kept their babies after pregnancy
ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Anxiety – Including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, generalized anxiety, social anxiety
Asperger syndrome – e.g., management of stress relating to anxiety or obsessive interests
College related issues
Depression – Ranging from feeling mildly down through major depression
Eating issues – Including anorexia nervosa and bulimia
Grief and loss – Particularly early loss of parents and friends among college students
Marriage counseling – Including early through mature relationships; learning how to be in an intimate relationship; communication among the couple; dealing with affairs
Parenting – Through the child's age cycle, particularly for mothers
Sexual identity – Including sexual orientation, coming out
Stress management – Including generally coping with life's difficulties and realizing your full potential


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Brown University Student Health Insurance

  • Providence College

  • Johnson and Wales Student Insurance

  • RISD Student Insurance

  • Tufts

  • United Health

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $120/session (45min)

Message to clients

"I have been a therapist for 35 years, including 25 years of private practice, and am passionate about helping my patients improve the quality of their lives, mental  and physical health, and relationships. My approach is to be an active and sensitive listener. I aim to build therapeutic relationships, and provide a safe, non-judgmental and trusting environment that allows you to begin the process of healing and growth. 

It is my privilege to help clients who have the courage to seek help in the face of all sorts of life challenges. I use a variety of strategies coming from different approaches to meet your specific needs and issues, and welcome your inquiry."

Education and work experience

Brown University Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), Instructor
Northern Rhode Island Collaborative, Social Work Consultant
BICO Special Needs Educational Collaborative, Social Work Consultant
Jewish Family Services, Clinical Director
Adoption agencies, Consultant

Michigan State University, M.S.W. (Masters of Social Work)
University of Michigan, B.A., Psychology and Secondary Teaching Certificate
Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel



Client testimonials

Ivy is great! She is very sensitive, and took a long time to get to know me, and is an extremely affirming person. She always makes me feel at ease, and I find there are never uncomfortable silences during which I struggle to come up with another topic – talking to her feels natural.
— Brown University student (2015)
I saw her for unresolved issues with assault I had in the past, she got me through that. Helped me through stressful academic rock bottom and break-up issues. Superb flexibility, she was available via Skype, on Friday nights, during the summer, multiple times in a week when I needed her. Just great!
— Brown University student (2015)
I saw Ivy for four years. She was extremely helpful, understanding, and gave great advice. She is also very personable and you can tell she enjoys her job and truly cares about her clients.
— Brown University student (2015)
Ivy has been very helpful dealing with my control issues and tendency to focus on the negative. She has a lot of common sense and professional skills.
— Brown University student (2015)
Ivy is great at initiating conversations when I don’t want to and her analyses are spot on. Note: Ivy shares a practice with her husband Dr. Daniel Marwil who works primarily with kids, so don’t get confused!
— Brown University student (2015)