In this episode I speak with Holistic Psychotherapist, Dr. Kellie Kirksey, about her early life experience of having a skin condition that made her feel ‘other’ than her peers. We get the opportunity to hear about how that sense of being outside of the norm motivated Dr. Kellie to become a contemplative person and to take interest in spiritual life and holistic healing. We learn about the important role that Dr. Kellie’s mother played in caring for and nurturing her sense of well-being as well as the community leadership positions that her grandmother and great-grandmother took in caring for the Black community. We discuss the ancestral trauma of slavery and how Dr. Kellie has come to unpack and understand her own lived experience as a Black woman. She invites us into deeper connection with our body, music, art and movement to experience the healing and transformative power of creativity and also shares with us a powerful poem at the end with the call to STAY AWAKE.
Dr. Kellie Kirksey is a wife, mother, writer, motivational speaker and Holistic Psychotherapist. She founded Creative Wellness Solutions in 1989 and has been in the mental health field for more than 27 years. She worked for many years as a holistic psychotherapist at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine. Her areas of specialization include hypnosis, visualization, yoga and other non traditional healing modalities. Dr. Kellie has traveled to South Africa, Spain, Venezuela, New York and other national and international venues to share her techniques and wellness strategies. Dr. Kellie believes in learning healing ways from other cultures and bringing those wise ways to the masses. She is the published author of a poetry collection called Poetry, Prose and Miscellaneous Musings.