Hi, I’m Kellie! I’m here because I’m passionate about meaningful connections, revolutionary healing, and authentic service. My passions are a reflection of both my life-long interest in psychology, humanity, and health as well as my own journey healing through chronic physical and emotional illness. This work is not just what I do; it’s a reflection of who I am.
I’ve been healing and cultivating connections throughout much of my life. I’ve always been fascinated by the mind, and I sought to understand myself and others more deeply even at a young age. I remember filling out my first Myers-Briggs Type Indicator the summer after sixth grade – my friend’s dad was a psychology teacher – and I marveled at this new way to understand myself. INFP. A little bit nature, a little bit nurture, I was (and am) a sensitive and perceptive introvert who didn’t yet know the profound impact of our inter-generational traumas; cumulative family, interpersonal, and medical stressors; and closeted emotions on our health and healing.
Needless to say, psychology was a favorite course in high school and became even more interesting to me when, at the age of 16, I developed anorexia. It wouldn’t come as a surprise to some – family history of mental illness and addiction, self-oriented perfectionism and Type-A personality, thin-ideal internalization and body image dissatisfaction, and an unhealthy intimate teenage relationship, among other factors made for a powerful cocktail. At 89 pounds, my body was at the mercy of my stuck brain. And, while I physically recovered by the time I entered my freshman year of college, the hardest healing work was still ahead of me.