My name is Elana. My intention here is to write from a vulnerable and loving place and write what speaks to me. I hope to inspire someone else to do the same. I believe we connect the most effectively when we’re communicating from our hearts, although that’s not always comfortable.
This is me professionally: I’m a licensed psychotherapist working at an integrative trauma treatment center in Los Angeles and in private practice.
I’m a Faculty member at the University of Santa Monica where I work with some of the best people I know and love every minute of it.
I also currently volunteer for the Freedom to Choose Foundation. This is an ongoing service project in two CA prisons taking place a few times a year where we spend three days with inmates in an experiential workshop format teaching them communication and life skills. This has been one of the most profound experiences of my life.
I love what I do.
And here’s the short version of my personal story:
I was born and raised in LA (yes, we LA natives do exist). I gave birth to my amazing baby girl when I was 19, married the man of my dreams at 33, graduated with a Master’s degree from the best University in the world, and became a Marriage and Family Therapist. I’m looking forward to starting my doctorate soon.
I’m also an entrepreneur, writer, Sci Fi geek, tech nerd, foodie and pretty good cook, a bit of a wine snob, wise mentor, runner, world traveler, bibliophile, lover of great fiction, anglophile, lover of people, philanthropist, great friend, philosopher, and spiritual enthusiast.
My intention is to also be a vegetable gardener, chicken owner, trapeze artist, performing cellist, guitar player, speaker of many languages, Ph.D., grandmother (but not until the kiddo’s at least 30), painter, sculpture, pottery thrower, used bookstore owner, and . . .