About Me

Hi there! I’m Keely, and I’m so glad you’re here.

​I’ve always loved supporting others with mental health & wellness, but it wasn’t until I became a mother that I realized just how much one impacts the other. I have lived through some hard times like postpartum depression and PTSD from a traumatic delivery following my first birth experience, and probably much like you, I still continue to face pressure everyday in our culture where women feel like they have to be perfect. But I like to think these experiences have not only taught me how to better manage the stress of motherhood, but they have also made me a better mother and professional therapist too.

This year makes six that I’ve been doing life as a mother, and I’ve been growing as a professional for over a decade now too. In my training, I’ve had experience working with all ages and across many settings, and I especially love working with women in transition who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, or other stress in their relationships or everyday life!

A Mother in Bloom – My Personal Story

After a long and exhausting pregnancy, followed by a drawn-out labor that ended unexpectedly on a brightly-lit operating table, my first glimpses of motherhood & my first-born daughter played out on an O.R. TV screen as I slipped in and out of exhaustion and panic. My first experiences as a mother would then go on to be marked by the impact of this trauma: anxiety attacks; compulsive organizing and cleaning; intrusive thoughts that something bad would happen to us; fear of doctors and obsessive belief that something was wrong with my health; then, an unrelenting gray fog (which now I know was depression), as I felt disconnected from my daughter and ashamed that sadness filled the space where happiness was “supposed to be.”

All I wanted was to escape, to run away from the anxiety and heaviness that made each day harder and harder to face.

The transition into motherhood was not a dignified one for me, but it was a time that forever changed my life. Today I know that what I went through was classic postpartum depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress from a frightful birth experience. With support from family and my own therapy, I was eventually able to heal from these painful memories and use them to share something more meaningful with the world.

Today, I have a passion for supporting other mothers and helping them to heal their own stories. I believe the process of becoming a mother, or “matrescence,” is the most momentous transition a woman will ever undertake, and the journey of connecting with this process and her new identity can be lifelong.

A little more about my professional experience:

NC Clinical Social Work Licensure & Certification Board, License #C008007
-Master of Social Work (MSW), Appalachian State University 2010
-Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology, UNC-Chapel Hill 2004

Specialized Trainings & Certifications
​-Postpartum Support International (PSI) Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care & Advanced Perinatal Psychotherapy Certificates
-Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Memberships & Community Involvements
Postpartum Support international (PSI) Member
-Perinatal Emotional Health Network (PEHN) of WNC

Contact Today

44 Merrimon Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801

(828) 407-0324

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