DeShannon Barnes-Bowens is the founder of ILERA and works as a psychotherapist, professional development trainer, and spiritual counselor. Through ILERA, she offers workshops, programs and written content focusing on: sexuality & spirituality, healing from sexual abuse, vicarious trauma & wellbeing.
She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri - St. Louis, and a master’s degree in counseling from Pace University. She has practiced Ifa-Orisa spirituality since 2001 and is an initiated priestess. Iya DeShannon was also ordained as an Interfaith Minister through One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in 2010. She served as a first-year dean, Assistant Director and Co-Director of the seminary program and remains a part of the teaching faculty.
How We Accomplish Our Mission
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Strengthens communities by providing professional training and educational workshops on sexual abuse, vicarious trauma, wellness, healing, and sacred sexuality.
Offers an empowering experience of counseling and coaching for people interested in spiritual self-development as well as healing for those impacted by sexual abuse and vicarious trauma.
Increases public awareness of sexuality & spirituality, sexual abuse, vicarious trauma & wellness by providing educational material through ILERA's books, articles, and interviews.