Trained as a Social Worker, Ilene graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds two California licenses–an MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist; MFT 4757) and an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker LCS 7035). She also holds a lifelong teaching credential for California Community Colleges. As a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association since 1984, Ilene served four years on the Northern California Chapter’s Board of Directors, and was Member of the Year in 1993-94.
Since 2004, Ilene has been creator/host of Internet radio’s Full Power Living, dedicated to transforming our world through the power and mastery of human emotions. Known as “The Emotional Pro,” Ilene has worked as a psychotherapist, author, Internet radio host, coach, continuing education provider and professional speaker. She is a frequent media guest. Ilene is also founder of Raise Incredible Kids, dedicated to helping parents know how they’re doing as parents and helping kids remain the incredible people they are at the moment of birth. Her mission is to exponentially increase the love in individual, family, community and the world, which has led her to learn about all emotions.
I learned of Ilene from a mutual friend when I was facing some crisis. By then, with three small children, it seemed a constant time of crisis. Ilene’s wisdom provided the perfect rudder to help me steer our family ahead with care. The depth of her wisdom and insight is breathtaking at times. When I made immature choices, Ilene was there to help. When my 15 year old ran away, Ilene was there to help. When my kids needed therapy, Ilene was there to help.
I found her ability to be with me without judgment extremely welcoming and healing. Ilene has shown herself to be a master of balance on the rocky roads of this amazing school of life. Like a great surfer, she is always re-balancing. Her expert knowledge on raising children and families is desperately needed today, more than ever.
Sometimes loving our self means setting clear boundaries. For people without boundaries, this can be very unsettling. Once you’ve set a boundary with energy sappers, as Ilene says, they will reach over your walls and try to get to you. In their mind, your boundary is a death.
It has been years since I have consulted regularly with Ilene about my daily life. I am so thankful just knowing she is here when distressing situations arise. I have learned so much from her; she has always been there for me.
A magnificent Real Hot Mama Model, bless you Ilene!