Dr. Elena Bien has been a leader in the field of human potential for many years. She has taught at the City University of New York, Touro College, Bucks County Community College, Beaver College/Arcadia University and St. Joseph's University. She the Executive Vice-President of the Institute for Mind/Body Research and Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, dedicated to advancing our awareness and understanding of the mind/body connection. She is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the American Psychotherapy Association (APA), and the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT). She is certified as an aerobics instructor, personal fitness trainer, reflexologist, stress management consultant and clinical hypnotherapist. She is also an IACT Certified Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy Master Trainer, and holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do Karate. Elena is the former host of the prime-time television cable show, “Love Relationships with Elena,” and is the author of numerous books and self-help tape programs. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology/History, a Masters in Health Education, and a Doctorate in Transpersonal Counseling.
Some of the places Elena has taught include:
- Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY
- Touro College, NYC, NY
- Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA
- Arcadia University / Beaver College, Glenside, PA
- St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA
- Chester County Hospital, Chester, PA
- Main Line Health Services, Radnor, PA
- Main Line Night School, Radnor, PA
- The Achievement Center, Flushing, NY
- New Hope Education Center, New Hope, PA
- Margate Community Center, Margate, NJ
- Atlas Gym, North Hills, PA
- Nutrisystem, Inc., Jenkintown, PA
- Nehemiah's Way, Lansdale, PA
- Women's Center, Jenkintown, PA
- YMCA, Ambler, PA
Some of Elena's Certifications:
- Certified Advanced Professional Speaker/Trainer, American Society of Professional Speakers and Trainers (ASPST) 2011
- Certified Master Trainer (CMT), International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT) 2007
- Certified Professional Speaker and Trainer, American Society of Professional Speakers and Trainers (ASPST) 2005
- Certified Relationship Specialist (CRS) American Psychotherapy Association, 2006
- Stress Management Consultant Certification, International Association of Counselors & Therapists (IACT), 2001
- NLP Practitioner Certification, National Federation of Neuro-Linguistic Psychology (NFNLP), 2000
- American Red Cross Certification, CPR & First Aid, 1999
- Personal Fitness Trainer (AFPA), 1999
- Reflexology, Lady of Lourdes, NJ, 1998
- Aerobics Instructor Certification, West Chester University, 1992
- Montgomery Hospital Aerobic Certification, 1992
- Maxercise Certification in Step Aerobics, 1990
- Senior Aerobics Programming Certification, Chester County Hospital, 1990
- NEDITA Certificate in Aerobics, 1989
- Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do Karate, 1986
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- American Psychotherapy Association (APA)
- American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
- American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
- International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT)
It is important for couples to have interests and hobbies both individually and as a couple. One of the interests I share with my husband is a love for music and performing. We enjoy giving Praise concerts.
My Talented Husband, George
1. Acoustic Guitar Solo
2. New Age Guitar
3. Virtuoso Solo Jazz Guitar
4. Selection from up-coming CD
The Nucleus of Our Praise Group
Paul, George and Elena
Dr. Elena and husband, George
Who is Elena?
Elena is a justice-seeking, educated romantic, who seeks to help bring couples together and help them maintain a loving relationship.
What is her purpose?
Elena’s purpose is to help people in the area of love relationships. Demographics: The people who generally seek out Elena’s books, services and /or advice are between 27- 75 years of age. People from all walks of life, and all socio-economic groups and cultures feel they benefit from Elena.
Elena is a romance and love junkie! However, she is also practical and experienced in life and academically. She knows that love relationships frequently do not bring people their desired results, and as such she is here to help.
Who does she work with typically?
Elena helps people looking for love make better decisions in their search and eventual selection. She assists those that are in various stages of dating. She provides guidance to people contemplating leaving or in the process of leaving a committed relationship. She helps those who are suffering the loss of love. She assists those who have been in committed relationships and now find themselves in the dating world again. Elena helps people go through the full love-relationship cycle. Elena does not act as a therapist but rather as an educator and encourager of relationships and love. Elena teaches workshops to groups of people that want to improve the quality of love in their lives!
Why people want to improve the quality of their love lives?
Making mistakes in love is costly on many levels. If you are (or have been) in a relationship that is not supportive and loving over time, this will be reflected in your physical, emotional, spiritual and/or intellectual health. Your work, career, and finances will all be adversely effected. Your overall enjoyment and quality of life will be diminished. Selecting a dating partner is important but not as dramatic as selecting the right life partner. Most people apply the same decision-making skills and use the same self-knowledge in choosing a life partner as they used for an inappropriate dating partner. After a commitment has been made and children are brought into the picture, the plot and cycle thickens and continues. Children, as well as other family members, are adversely affected by the decisions and choices one makes in love. Society pays a dear price for children of broken homes and broken relationships. It is part of the human condition to want to find a partner to share one's heart and body. However, practical methods can be employed to meet the human condition/preference in bonding, thereby, bringing about a better and more loving result. And too, there are even global implications for bad decisions in love. The question can be asked, "If we can’t have peace and love in our homes, how we can ever hope to accomplish world wide peace, let alone love?" So then, where can we/you start? ….In reading Elena’s books and/or sponsoring Elena love workshops/seminars you may not only improve the quality of your love life, you may see dramatic changes in the overall satisfaction and joy you have in your life! And perhaps, in improving love in your life, you can contribute, to the overall theme of the long awaited need for global acceptance, cooperation and love.
Why is Elena qualified to help you?
While Elena has many impressive academic achievements and college/university degrees, what best recommends her for this field of work and has earned her expert relationship status, is her extensive life experience! She has had many unsuccessful and painful relationships. She often knows first hand where you are coming from. She doesn’t sit high from an Ivory Tower and tout pearls of romantic and love wisdom. She has compassion for your situation as well as enough professional and academic training to be able to take in your heart challenges and offer practical solutions. Elena has always been a very observant person and has the ability to convey her love and life observations in a concrete and useful manner. This makes her an invaluable resource. You may not always agree with Elena’s love approaches, however, rest assured she will predictably take the high road. She does not teach men or women how to cheat, deceive or manipulate one another to gain relationship favor. She genuinely wants you to honestly and honorably receive, maintain and enjoy a high quality love relationship. Elena believes in love and wants you to have the best love relationship of your life!
|Where it All Began . . .
Some time ago, while lunching with a friend, it occurred to me to write, and do whatever I could do, to help couples improve their relationships.
My friend and I were seated across from a couple. It was virtually impossible not to hear their conversation. They looked very unhappy and didn’t say more than two civil words to one another.
As soon as the waitress came over to their table they were very polite and courteous to her. When the waitress went into the kitchen to place their order, the couple returned to their same borderline rude behavior.
This married couple (I'd overheard them mention they were married) had pledged their life-long love to one another, yet treated the waitress, a total stranger, with more regard then they treated the person they promised to honor and love! It was very sad, and I discovered, all too typical!
I know that couples have their ups and downs, but I decided not to dismiss this incident so quickly. After extensive research and study, I discovered that this attitude and behavior seems to be prevalent across all types and categories of couples. Why didn't more couples report having successful, fulfilling love relationships? I was puzzled about this and concerned! So it was, that my journey began.
I found that couples want to have wonderful, fulfilling, long-term, relationships (as is evidenced by the fact that people are always looking to find that certain special someone). They simply don't have the tools to select a suitable relationship candidate, which makes any good relationship impossible, or they (individuals) don't know how to maintain and grow a well-functioning, long term, or even life-long love relationship.
It is ironic that issues dealing with something as important as love relationships are not taught in school, or adequately at home! (The high divorce rate is indicative of this reality). The impact of relationships is felt by our society at large. Think about the cost emotionally, and often financially, of unsuccessful relationships. So, what can be done?
I am a hopeless romantic, as well as being scientifically inclined, and want to, and can, provide couples with substantial information and ideas that CAN make their relationships more loving than they ever imagined! Love makes all things possible! Naturally, you also, have to put in the required work!
My books and workshops focus, first and foremost, on you, the individual. All relationships start with you, and the more knowledgeable you are about yourself, the more you are able to make healthy choices about what you create in your relationships, and/or what you will bring to yourself in the future.
God bless you! I wish you all love! - Elena
Author, Seminar Leader and College Professor, Dr. Elena Bien has combined her broad knowledge base, compassion and humor to her writing, seminars and college faculty positions.
She is committed to transforming the lives of women around the world!
"Dr. Elena Seminar/Workshop"
for your group/organization!
1-Day Love Awareness Workshop Series
Thoughts and Questions about Life and Love (1 & 2 - Women Only!)
This exciting and thought-provoking 2-part workshop series discusses issues that many couples find themselves confronted with in the course of their relationship. Create the kind of love relationship of your dreams! This workshop invites you to learn, grow and thrive in love!
About Long Distance Relationships (Women Only!)
How many times have you heard that long distance relationships don’t work? Is that really true? In this workshop we will examine some of the myths as well as challenges that many couples endure in long distance relationships. We will examine possible solutions. This fast paced, informative workshop, may help get your long distance on the right track!
Thoughts, Questions and Quotes about Love (Women Only!
Love is painful. All guys are out for one thing. I always attract the losers. There are no good men out there. I will be alone forever. Love never lasts. This dynamic and educational workshop will help you examine your underlying beliefs about love. Understanding your beliefs can help you to invite and create the type of men and relationships you want into your life. This workshop is interactive.
Thoughts, Questions and Quotes about Marriage (Women Only!)
Do you think marriage is meant to last a lifetime? Do you think that it is better to live together than marry? What do you think is the best way to create a happy marriage? These issues and other important issues and beliefs will be addressed in this revealing and dynamic workshop.
Loser Alert! Is “He” the one for you? (Women Only!)
Your clock is ticking and you want to marry and have children. You have just spent the last 4 years of your life involved with a guy who was more interested in his car than you. After you broke up and started dating you just weren’t sure of how to tell if each guy you dated might be the one! This interesting, fun and educational workshop can help you unravel the mystery.
User alert! Is She the one for you? (Men Only!)
The assumption is that men are the hunters in our society, so they of course know when they are being conned in a love relationship, right? The truth of the matter is that men are as vulnerable as, and maybe even more so, than women in this regard. This workshop can assist men in putting into place certain tools that will help men determine if she is the one to keep or the one he needs to avoid like the plague. This is a fun, interesting and informative workshop!
Who says love can’t last forever? (For Women Only)
(25 ways to beat the odds!)
You don’t have to go very far these days to be fed the details of the demise of marriage in our society. After a while some of these idea’s that bombard our thoughts can lead to self-prophesizing, which can become your reality, unless there is some kind of intervention. This exciting, entertaining and educational workshop may very well be your intervention! We will examine at least 25 tips that can help make your love last forever? This workshop may help you beat the odds!
Before you move in with him. (For Women Only)
Men will not openly tell you that they . . . . .
The notion of men meeting a woman and knowing within the first five minutes weather she is the kind of women he wants to marry or the kind of women he wants to live with are still prevalent. If you want to be the marrying kind of women this workshop is for you.
“He said that we needed to live together for at least a year to get to know one another and then we would get married.” ....“It has been five years and he has not put a ring on my finger, and we have no plans to walk down the aisle.” ….”I moved into his place and cleaned for days upon days to make his old place our love nest. About six months after we started living together, he came home and told me that he was in love with another women and they were getting married! I was devastated." This interesting and informative workshop examines some of the pros and cons of living together. In this workshop you will learn how to be self-protective!
The Fine Art of Romance (For Men only). Be one of the guys that gets it!
10 Romance tips sure to "WOW" her!
Most women believe that sex starts with romance…..
Women crave romance and men crave sex. If this sounds like you, then this action packed, interesting and educational workshop may be for you! This workshop will give you at least 10 romance tips that will make her heart melt and can enhance your sex relationship as well. Sponsor this fun and interesting romance class today!
Releasing and Replacing Ineffective Love Relationship Patterns (Seminar and/or Training Manual)
This educational workshop teaches clinicians how to use a specialized system called "RILP," which incorporates hypnosis and NLP techniques and language. Participants must hold Certifications in both Hypnosis and NLP.
In many situations in life it is impossible to go forward without going back. Many clients go through the same heart-breaking scenarios time and again because they have little self-awareness. This is true in the area of love relationships. Effective guided derivational search methods and revivification can help keep clients from repeating the same mistakes. In this fast-paced workshop your will learn effective ways to deal with your clients’ love relationships issues. You will learn how to help them identify healthy verses unhealthy patterns, and adjust and/or modify them to make better love choices in the future. The time-tested techniques and processes addressed in this seminar are easy to use and often produce almost miraculous results.
2-Day Love Awareness Workshop Series
How to Meet and Marry Rich Men (for Women Only!)
There are several reasons why most women want to meet and marry rich men.
If you are a wealthy woman and tired of all the gold diggers out there that love your money and not you!
Or you want to enjoy love as well as the lifestyle that only wealth can bring.
Or you find it personally motivating to be with a man that could buy and sell you (but, of course he wouldn’t do that!)
.....then this workshop may be for you! We will explore the particulars of how you can meet and marry rich men today!
The Fine Art of Flirting
Flirting is a fine art. It can help you meet people. It can be fun, interesting and thought provoking. Take this seminar and enjoy and learn how to fine tune your natural abilities.
Getting Over the Loss of Love
There are few things that seem to hurt as much as the loss of love either by divorce or death. In this seminar we will give you ways in which to cope with the ups and downs of breakups.
"Divorce-Proof" Your Marriage
It is estimated that a staggering 1 in 3 marriages in the
will end up in divorce. Why is the divorce rate so high? Is there anything you can do about it? In this fast paced, educational and informational workshop you will be given tolls to assist you and your husband in not being counted as the one who gets divorced!
How to Enjoy the Single Life
I know a woman that wanted to buy a single bed but decided not to buy it because she thought it would somehow jinx her possibilities of meeting and marrying Mr. Right. Perhaps you know someone that has put her life on hold in so many ways waiting and hoping for “him “to come into her life and transform it. In this workshop learn how to enjoy your life, whether you are waiting for him to sweep you off your feet or not!
to Meet Men!
I've have heard time and time again that it is virtually impossible to meet eligible guys in
! This simply is not true! Learn how you can have a great time and meet lots of interesting and possible dating material type’s guys in this fun and educational workshop.
The Sweet Art of Revenge
I once went to a party and met a woman that I thought was very nice, until I heard her saying she wanted to run over her Ex husband with a tractor trailer. At the time I thought that was a horrible thing to think let along say it out loud. However, when I went through divorce years ago I understood her anger and need to devise a state of revenge. It is actually very healthy and healing. In this workshop you will learn about the benefits of revenge.
Domestic Violence defining and developing strategies to create a Better Life for Yourself
Do you think yelling, cursing at, belittling, pushing, intimidating and/or actual hitting are acts of Domestic Violence? If you or someone you know is in a relationship that has these and other questionable qualities than this may be the workshop for you. We define, explore and engage in life strategy planning.
How to Spot a Liar Before He Makes Off With Your Heart!
Most woman who have been dating for awhile think that they can spot a liar, yet time and time again when they are put to the test they fail…and the liar moves in and takes their heart hostage. Learn some quick and easy to remember ways to spot even the best liar! This workshop can lessen your changes of ever being taken in again!
How to Have an Affair with Your Husband or Boyfriend
I know it is difficult after a long day at the office or after a full day of picking up after kids to have the energy or inclination to put on your sexiest outfit and play lover with your man. Learn how to put time aside and plan wonderful sexapades! This workshop can help to assist you in turning your beige intimate relationship into assorted colors of passion, interest and fun!
Getting Through Divorce Intact
I have heard it said that it is harder to lose your man through divorce than through death. In death you still have fond memories in divorce you may only wish he was dead figuratively!
How to Be Happy if You Are Single During the Holidays
Other than saving all the money you would have saved in gift buying for your would be lover and perhaps his family, this workshop will assist you in exploring ways to increase your pleasure in being single around the holidays!
How to Be a Great Step-Mom!
If you are engaged or already married to a man that has children that you will/have inherited by virtue of marriage, this may be the workshop for you. I will help you explore ways to improve the quality of the relationship you cultivate with your step kids!
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Transcripts of Dr. Elena's Radio Shows!