Ilana Tolpin Levitt M.A., M.Ed., LPC, LMHC  is a clinical career counselor and human resources executive who delights in helping people find meaning in their work. With humor, practicality, and a warm, intuitive approach, Ilana helps clients simplify and navigate their career growth and transitions. She has a private practice in the New York metro area and is an entertaining, motivational speaker on career and professional development. She is also the Senior Director of Employee Development and Organizational Effectiveness for The New School in New York City. Her HR experience, combined with her counseling, brings a holistic and comprehensive perspective to leadership, workplace dynamics, career satisfaction, and fulfillment. Ilana’s focus with many clients is a deep exploration of the psychological roots that impact career development and workplace dysfunction.

Ilana has been running mother-daughter relationship workshops with her mother, who was a psychoanalyst, for over a decade. Her newly released book, “What’s Mom Still Got to Do With It?” integrates her extensive knowledge and experience about mother-daughter relationships with her expertise in career development.

She holds a BA in Psychology from Binghamton University, a MEd in Counseling Psychology and MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University’s Teachers College and is a Certified Career Counselor with the National Career Development Association (NCDA). She is a licensed mental health counselor in NY (LMHC) and Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey (LPC). She is the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Career Practitioner Award from the NCDA.


BA: Psychology, Binghamton University

MA: Organizational Psychology, Columbia University, Teachers College

MED, Counseling Psychology, Columbia University Teachers College


Nationally Certified Counselor

Master Career Counselor as designated by NCDA to Certified Career Counselor as designated by NCDA.

Licensed Professional Counselor, NJ

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, NY


American Counseling Association

National Career Development Association

Mid-Atlantic Career Counseling Association

New Jersey Counseling Association

Career Development Specialists Network