About Lisa Elin

Lisa Elin, Reel Happiness Cinema Therapy

New Englander, INTP, Libra, croquet lover, Depeche Mode die-hard,  member of the Houston Film Critics Society, one of the #MillionsMissing, and hopelessly smitten with dogs.

The Reel Happiness Story

It’s my deep belief that no matter what’s happened in one’s life, stability and happiness are attainable. We just need awareness of certain strengths, the willingness to apply them, some courage and fortitude, and a model.

That first sentence is a bold one! I assure you I harbor no illusions as to the dark levels to which human behavior can sink. But I can also assure you that this need not hold sway over our future. We can overcome, and movies can help us do it.

I have an unusual life experience – so much so, in fact, that people often ask me to describe, with specificity, how I overcame the challenges and made it here today. I’m happy to share my process, and not only is it my favorite subject, but film is also the perfect vehicle for doing so. Even better.

My Film Roots

oak-birch-inn-smMy love of film was awakened during childhood summers in New Hampshire, which included frequent visits to the Oak Birch Inn. It offered charming guest rooms, a formal dining room, a sprawling lobby, expansive porches overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee… and a first-run movie theater. Truly the Overlook’s benevolent twin.

The ones that “did it for me” were Tevye’s dancing on the rafters dreaming of being a rich man … when the woman behind me involuntarily cried out, “Don’t shoot!” as Rolfe held a gun on Captain von Trapp … and when Lady Litton pulled the Pink Panther out of the cold cream, at which moment I realized that a woman could outsmart the best of them (no small revelation for a young girl in the mid-70s).

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Ultimately, I think movies are just in my blood. My grandfather was on the senior team of producer John C. Wilson and helped stage many Broadway shows, but before that, he was on the team that produced the first movie accompanied by sound.

Laying the groundwork for the “talkies” that came later, 1912’s Rainey’s African Hunt ran with a concurrent narrative track performed by Ernest Torrence, and the success of its first New York showing is widely regarded as having provided Carl Laemmle the funds to launch Universal Pictures.

Education & Training

Whether borne of personal wiring, life experience, or some alchemy thereof, I have a knack for helping people identify and complete a transition. For showing them a new sail and how to set it, and then wishing them fair winds as they move forward on a new, stronger course.

  • BA in English with concentration in writing and literary criticism, Trinity University, San Antonio TX.
  • Certified Coach, Charter Advisory Board Member, and Senior Trainer for CoachU; personally trained, mentored, and coached by Thomas J. Leonard; specialization in teaching and personal coaching of the Personal Foundation Program.
  • Qualified Practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment, Association for Psychological Type.
  • Certificates in Collaboration Skills and Advanced Mediation from Chorda Conflict Management (now Blue Lion Conflict Solutions).
  • Certificate in Cinema Therapy from the Zur Institute.
So that’s me! Where to go next? I recommend downloading the free report 7 Ways to Boost Your Well-Being Using Movies. Click here to get it now »
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