For more than 20 years, psychologist Helene G. Brenner, Ph.D. has been helping women, and men as well, to overcome past conditioning and begin to trust their inner selves. In doing so, they learn how to accept themselves fully, listen to their deepest feelings and innermost desires, and create the life they truly want.
Dr. Brenner was born in New York City and grew up in Middletown, New York. Early in her career, she noticed that among the women she treated, there was a difference between the freedom and equality they supposedly had and the way they really felt inside. Even women who grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, who’d been taught they could do anything they wanted and had pursued careers of their own, still felt torn inside. They felt chronically dissatisfied with themselves. Many found that, despite their better judgment, they still “gave themselves away” in their relationships. They were unhappy in their lives, yet believed that everyone else had it more together.
From this realization, Dr. Brenner decided to become a psychologist specializing in women’s psychology to help women go from tearing themselves down, giving themselves away and boxing themselves in, to living from the wisdom and passion of their authentic selves.
Since writing I Know I’m in There Somewhere, Helene has conducted workshops throughout the country, including Omega Institute, the Learning Annex and the Sacred Circles Conference held at the Washington National Cathedral. In August of 2011 she will be conducting a weeklong retreat for women at Kripalu, the personal growth retreat center in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. Her work has been featured in dozens of magazines, TV and radio shows, including Self, Ladies Home Journal, Fitness, Body and Soul (now Whole Living) and on the Montel Williams Show.
Dr. Brenner received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver in 1990. She lives with her husband, fellow therapist and co-author Larry Letich, LCSW, and their two daughters in suburban Maryland.