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Stories that Empower

Jul 13, 2020


Ilene lost her mother and sister. Events outside of her control affected her life. Ilene struggled as a single mother on welfare. Then, she began to go on a journey of who she is and what matters to her. Ilene learned that she is resilient, has life skills and experiences. Her self compassion grew, she became proud of herself and recognized that she has wisdom to share with others. Today, as a therapist, Ilene helps those that are trying to figure out who they are. She shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
- be present
- you can get through it with a bigger heart and wisdom
- learning how to deal with loss and grief brings humility and gratitude
- start writing your story
- seeing the difference between feelings and reality can be liberating
- thoughts and feelings are not the same
- have the courage to put one foot in front of the other
- ask for help
- reach out and lend a hand to someone that is struggling

Ilene was an early psychedelic pioneer, experimenting with LSD during a time when it was still legal, and its effects not yet fully comprehended. During the early sixties, she, along with an entire community of fellow trippers, innocently thought that they could change the world into one that valued love over materialism, particularly though the use of psychedelic drugs.

Years later, Ilene is now a licensed psychotherapist. She helps people reunite with their innate wisdom, so they can experience more of the love, connection and happiness that she believes is every human’s birthright. She helps people develop a deep knowing of who they are and what they stand for.

Her book "Hippie Chick, Coming of Age in the 60s" is her discovery about herself and life, and her journey to become who she is today. She is happy to connect with readers. 

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