Ilene English, MA, LMFT, is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and the Clinical Director of GroupWorks in Sonoma County where she leads therapy groups, as well as sees individuals and families in her private practice. Her specialty is working with families. She is sometimes hired as the family’s private therapist, seeing various family members in different configurations, with the goal of helping families become more whole.
It has been a long circuitous road. I’ve arrived from whence I came—my life and well-being fully intact. I treasure all the moments I have lived— because they have brought me to here, and what I find here, much to my delight, is that my diamond is no longer rough. Its edges have smoothed over time and they shine with a brilliance I never dreamed would be mine.
I persevered, if for no other reason than for the well-being of my child. I wanted to give her that which I never got. I wanted to be a role model, someone she could look up to, as others were for me. To this end, I straightened up my life, I cleaned up my act, I went towards health and towards healing. Ultimately, I found a way to go back to school, get a couple of degrees and become a professionally licensed psychotherapist. I love my work. I am a great listener, and I care about my clients. I want people to feel safe to explore their struggles, feel their deepest feelings, and find the best ways to move forward in their lives.