Helene Brenner

Helene Brenner


For more than 25 years, psychologist Helene G. Brenner, Ph.D. has been helping women and men 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 lives they truly want.

Helene first learned about Focusing back in the late ‘80s when she was still in graduate school at the University of Denver. She met Ann Weiser Cornell in 1989 taking a weeklong workshop Ann was conducting at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Beginning in 1994, Helene joined Ann in facilitating weekend and weeklong Focusing retreats in New York, Maryland, and the Shenoa Retreat center in Philo, Ca.

Since becoming a psychologist in private practice in 1992, Helene has been developing her own unique form of Focusing-oriented therapy working with women, men and couples in a small city an hour north of Washington, D.C. In her work, she weaves Focusing together with her knowledge of self-psychology, attachment theory, the treatment of trauma, coaching theory, and the importance of creating and maintaining a powerful therapeutic relationship to facilitate change.

Helene’s insights on how to help people (especially women) grow through deeply accepting and connecting with themselves culminated in a book for the general audience– written with her husband, Larry Letich, also a therapist and Focusing Trainer – called I Know I’m in There Somewhere: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner Voice and Living a Life of Authenticity (Gotham Books, 2003). Since writing I Know I’m in There Somewhere, Helene has conducted workshops throughout the country, including Omega Institute, the Kripalu Center, the Learning Annex and the Sacred Circles Conference held at the Washington National Cathedral. 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.

Helene lives with Larry, her husband of thirty years, and their two children in suburban Maryland.