Welcome to Honestly Olive, Holistic Mental Healthcare!
Honestly Olive was established in 2020 by Dr. Alev Ildiz and Dr. Reshma Rampersad, both clinical psychologists and graduates of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Ildiz and Dr. Rampersad share a passion for holistic care of a person. At Honestly Olive, we want to help you find and maintain balance of the mind, body, and spirit. We named our practice with the intention of guiding our clients to empower their most authentic, honest version of themselves through exploration, curiosity and open mindedness.
Alev Ildiz, PsyD
My name is Dr. Alev Ildiz and I earned my Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Currently, I am the co-founder of Honestly Olive, Holistic Mental Healthcare and am a licensed psychologist in the states of IL and FL. Prior to working at Honestly Olive, I was the Clinical Coordinator and a Staff Psychologist at Roosevelt University, Counseling Center. With regards to training, I completed my Doctoral Internship at Florida Gulf Coast University, Counseling and Psychological Services and my Postdoctoral Residency at the University of North Florida, Counseling Center.
My clinical interests include concerns related to identity development, interpersonal relationships, family of origin dynamics and emotion regulation. Further, I have extensive experience working with individuals who present with symptoms of depression and anxiety, grief, trauma, and substance abuse. I primarily utilize an interpersonal approach in therapy and value integrating mindfulness and Psychodynamic, Acceptance and Commitment and Cognitive Behavioral therapies to meet the needs of my clients. I have worked with traditional and non-traditional college students, first generation and international students, veterans, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. In my free time, I enjoy cooking new recipes, watching British TV shows, practicing yoga, and spending time in nature.
Reshma Rampersad, PsyD
My name is Dr. Reshma Rampersad and I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Illinois. I received my doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Master’s in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Barry University. I am co-founder and Staff Psychologist at Honestly Olive, Holistic Mental Healthcare. Previously, I worked at Roosevelt University Counseling Center as a Staff Psychologist and Training Coordinator. I completed my doctoral internship at the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ Counseling and Psychological Services, and my externships at Wright College, Ada S. McKinley, and Josselyn Center. I also completed a Master’s Internship at The Way Back Inn.
My professional interests include multicultural issues, mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, crisis intervention, and outreach. I place an emphasis on mindfulness and acceptance in my therapeutic approach allowing the individual to evolve in a meaningful way. To facilitate this transformation I utilize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy. Throughout my career, I have worked with individuals from across the lifespan and lifestyles including traditional and non-traditional students, LGBTQIA+ community, first generation individuals, and individuals from diverse ethnicities. I strive to provide the best care I can to all individuals. In my spare time, I like to read, watch movies, and cook.