March 11th, 2006

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. Ilene has a simple model for why we have emotions, how to allow and work with them, how to learn from them, why it’s important to then let them go, and how to become master of your emotions.. She has collected 40 years of clinical information about human lives, problems and triumphs, which she uses in her own masterful style. She, like all of us, reports that she is “still learning” in this “Giant School” called Earth.   Ilene is author-in-progress of Born to Learn, which outlines the system of this Giant School and depicts our human role as learners.

Ilene lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has resided since 1968. An avid gardener, skier, backpacker, swimmer, animal lover and cook, Ilene believes much of her wisdom in helping others has resulted from living as a married, divorced, single, step and adoptive parent, as well as being herself a child of divorce.  Ilene lives with four cats and a dog and her husband, neurosurgeon Robert A.Fink, M.D., F.A.C.S. Together, Bob and Ilene’s blended family includes 6 children, 3 “children-in-laws” and 5 grandchildren, all of whom are fantastic individuals who add to the quality of this world. Ilene has worked more than 40 years as a psychotherapist, with her approach based on Spiritual Principle. Now coming into vogue (at last!), working with spiritual principle enables anyone to solve the knotty problems of life so they don’t keep coming up over and over again.

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