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 currently a coach that works with women to develop a better relationship with money. There are so many life experiences that shape how we feel about and treat money, and any fear or anxiety concerning money can be healed. I use Internal Family Systems (IFS) to help women heal money issues drawing on my experience as a licensed trauma psychotherapist. For added context, I also use the Enneagram when I work with clients providing a deeper understanding of how our personality interfaces with the world.
I’m also an avid volunteer for the Freedom to Choose Project. This is an ongoing service project in California prisons taking place several times a year. We spend two days with men and women who are incarcerated in an experiential workshop format practicing communication and life skills while healing old wounds. This has been one of the most profound experiences of my life.
I love what I do.
And here’s the very short version of my personal story:
I was born and raised in Los Angeles (we L.A.-born folk 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 licensed therapist then coach.
I’m also a solopreneur, world traveler, writer, SciFi/Fantasy geek, tech nerd, foodie and pretty good cook, a bit of a wine and coffee snob, wise mentor, runner, lover of great fiction, anglophile, philanthropist, great friend, composter, backyard gardener, and spiritual enthusiast.
I have many interests and look forward to sharing them here.