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Ilenya Marrin, DSS | About


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Ilenya Marrin, DSS,
Author, Inspirational Speaker,
Spiritual Coach    

As the author of Nurture Your Self First for a Change: Gentle Steps in Personal and Planetary Transformation, I empower women to live with more self-compassion, resilience, success and inner peace. Nurture Yourself First is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Balboa Press and book sellers everywhere. 

From painful necessity, I learned I do not have to be Super Woman.  I must care for myself in order to be able to assist others.  I now use my hard won learning to live in greater balance and inner peace.  I am not perfect, still learning and growing every day!  But I have a lot to share about what works to transform your life through self-nurturing!

I have distilled my favorite, most useful strategies from over thirty years of working with clients, students and myself into a simple, practical approach centered around taking really good care of yourself.   It is all about helping you love and care for yourself, which automatically produces greater peace of mind, joy, loving and balance in the face of stress.  

Workshops and Presentations.  I am available for book signings, workshops, and motivational and inspirational speaking engagements for community groups, colleges, churches, businesses and non-profit agencies.   

Intuitive Counseling or Coaching. I specialize in brief consultations to help you nurture yourself, resolve issues and move forward with confidence.    I share with compassionate respect for your beliefs, direction in life, and comfort level.   Individual work is highly intuitive and available by telephone or Skype nationally and internationally.

Background  With over 25 years in the helping professions (social work, psychotherapy, and higher education), I most enjoy watching people blossom into greater fulfillment and joy.  Having done in-depth work with myself through many classes, workshops, consulting and individual counseling and coaching sessions, I am skilled at supporting others in their journey of awakening and unfoldment.

BA in English, University of Texas, Austin
MS in Counseling Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
MA in Applied (Spiritual) Psychology, University of Santa Monica
Doctor of Spiritual Science (DSS), Peace Theological Seminary and College of Philosophy, Los Angeles

Author of
   Nurture Yourself First: Gentle Steps in Personal and Planetary

Author of e-books:
    The Power of Personal Peace: Reducing Stress by Loving Yourself From the Inside Out
    A Way of Loving Intention
    77 Loving Steps for Success


“When real-life challenges push us toward burn out and trigger significant health symptoms that reduce our quality of life, what can we do? Better still, how can we learn to get out in front of “crash and burn” before it happens, returning ourselves and those we love to wholeness before we become depleted and suffer the vitality-robbing health symptoms that often follow?

“While most of us intellectually embrace the importance of self-care, often we are powerless to live this wisdom when it is needed the most; so, we end up “putting out fires” instead of fully living our lives!

“Dr. Marrin’s “Nurture Yourself First!” can provide an intervention that will help us remember to “ … put our own mask on first,” before helping others. Both the  workshop and book, are rooted in a personal story and a self-reflective process that grew out of the challenges of the author’s own life experience. She speaks authentically about how she found her way back to wholeness – physically, emotionally, and spiritually – and shares her road map for how we, too, can restore our health and vitality in times of crisis.

“Dr. Marrin’s conversational style and ability to create safe space opens the door for a few hours of self reflection and a satisfying group engagement that brings welcome relief to those who understand the importance of partnering with professionals in achieving their own wellness goals.

“I wholeheartedly recommend “Nurture Yourself First!” to individuals and groups of all stripes that are on the personal and spiritual development journey.”
Christina Cusumano, M.Ed., Educator, Facilitator and Social Artist.

“Ilenya made me more than I ever thought I could be.  She helped me out of a horrible downward spiral!”
Brenda, Single Mom and Entrepreneur

“Ilenya is one of the most powerful teachers I have ever listened to.  She takes the mystery out of concepts that sometimes have been confusing to me.  I realize that I am not just gaining insight, but actually see signs of how I’ve grown from what she has shared, on a daily basis.”
Cheryl Titus Van-Tine, Treasurer, Unity of Vermont

“There is something so simple and universal about your message . . . so hopeful and uplifting.” 
Carolyn Altieri, Board President, Unity of Vermont.  

“So many favorable comments about your presentations!”
Donna Reed, Consultant, Tucson, AZ

“A fine speaker . . .terrific!  Warm, enthusiastic and humorous . . .”
Susan R, Family Support Director, USAF, Las Vegas

“Often very original, always insightful. . .presenting material in a personally useable, practical way.  Excellent.”
Susan Toole, Community Relations, Tucson, AZ.

“What an impact you made and what progress I made in such a short period of time!  The way you simply held up a symbolic mirror via questions and practices was a breath of fresh air.”
Jason M, Producer, Los Angeles, CA

“Truly a blessing. Your competence and loving consciousness make a consultation one of the nicest things I can do for myself.”
Jack, Journalist, Long Beach, CA

“I cherish your absolute dedication to assisting in clarifying blocks to give me peace.”
Rose, Professor, Grosse Pointe, MI

“A major break-through . . . I gained insight into myself, plus tools to keep blocks from reoccurring. You create such a comfortable emotional place for this work!”
Carole M, New Thought Minister, Auburn Hills, MI

“You are a pioneer and leader!  With compassion, intuition and rare skills, you help awaken our inner selves to master our challenges.”
Bonnie L, Medical Office Manager, Los Angeles, CA

“I’m really enjoying your book.  It is done with so much love and is so easy to read and understand!”
Pat H, Former Professor of Nursing, Farmington Hills, MI

“Such a refreshing and personal approach.  I feel as if you are talking with me and I can relate to what you are saying, very much so!  I feel that your soul is a generous one.  A deep spirit.”
Dr. Megan, Internet Marketer, Australia

“Each time I get off the phone with her, I thank God for whatever miracle brought her into my life.  She has been able to take me out to some very vulnerable tender places and never never ever let me fall, and always with gentleness, tenderness and insight taken me to new and better levels to work through my process.”
Joy L, Massage Therapist, Ventura, C

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