Are you longing to be seen and heard?

Are you struggling to bring up hard conversations?

Are you craving depth & resiliency, yet don’t know how to do that? 

Does it feel difficult to speak the truth in a wholehearted way?

Are you tired of losing yourself in relationships?

In this 6-week series, you will:

  • Gain solid communication skills and practice them to feel empowered in your high stakes relationships.

  • Experience effectively setting up and leading difficult conversations in a whole-hearted way. 

  • Engage in a safe container with experienced practitioners and compassionate peers.

By the end of this course: 

  • You will know how to ask for your needs, set healthy boundaries, and effectively work through conflict.  

Who is this for?

  • People from all walks of life who all share the common goal of bettering their relationships. We welcome all

  • Whether you are experiencing pain or simply want to improve your emotional fitness, Braving Intimacy provides the resources to do so in a healing and safe environment.

  • You want this now! Make the time now to train for your relationships so you're not wasting time and enduring heartache later.  Research based and easy structure to follow.


Upcoming Events!

  • Braving Intimacy Roundtable - June 21st
    Jun 21, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
    online event
    Imagine gathering in an intimate container -- to discover your relational blueprint, identify your strengths, learn new relational tools, practice in a respectful and compassionate space, feel seen and supported, as well as receive group coaching as a way to explore what’s most alive within you.


"The Braving Intimacy workshop was an amazing experience of connection! Fereshta and Irene did a wonderful job facilitating this gentle and loving container, making sure everyone felt seen, understood, and beautifully held."

"The Braving Intimacy workshop allowed me to show up exactly as I am within a community willing and ready to do the same. It’s what so many of us need right now."

Joanne Louis-Paul

Lindsay Mann

"What I found most supportive to me in the Braving Intimacy zoom conversation was that the facilitators, Irene and Fereshta, were right in it with us.  I was pleasantly surprised how organic the conversation was and how it flowed brilliantly and flawlessly. Everyone shared from where they were comfortable and felt most safe."

"Braving Intimacy” started a journey of introspection that has led me to affirm who I am as a valuable perion, allowing me to accept the love of those closest to me.

Heidi Ferguson

R.Argueta-Misra 💜

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Irene Lara


Dr. Irene Lara, PsyD, LCSW, Reiki Master-Teacher loves integrating western and eastern wisdom for a wholistic wholehearted and educational collaboration. She is an intuitive, creative with over 45 years of experience working with with adults, youth, and a compassionate leader facilitating groups. She completed her doctorate PsyD in Clinical Psychology;  received a Masters in Social Welfare degree from UCLA; is a licensed clinical  social worker; trained in Kid’s Yoga; Reiki practitioner in the Usui method, and thoroughly enjoys guiding Belief and Fear releases. She is a certified Breath-Body-Mind clinician.  She is also a Way of the Sacred Feminine certified group facilitator. In addition, Dr. Lara is trained in creating customized, personalized flower essences, using Bach flowers which provides pain relief to the body using Vibrational Communication. She is (nearly) trilingual (English, Spanish, French), considers  herself to be multi-cultural; a Dancer at heart, Empath and enjoys hiking.