Healing Trauma, Grief & Loss, and ACE’s
“As a clinician myself in the area it can be hard to find the right connection when my own need for therapy arises. Wow, I felt like I hit the jackpot on our first session. Keita takes the time to check in on all levels, cognitively, emotionally, energetically and this makes the work fast and profound. I would recommend her to my closest family and friends and at times I have.”
What to expect in a session
You are not alone, Keita teaches skills to help you move through painful experiences with grace. Eventually, you will reconnect and appreciate the subtle language of your body’s innate wisdom ( your gut feeling or “organic intelligence”). She works with you to hold sacred space free of judgment to unpack unresolved intergenerational grief, shame, and internalized oppression
Keita addresses trauma and ACE’s as complex soul wounds often needing to be understood socially, historically and intergenerationally. These classifications are created based on examples of specific cases with clients Keita has worked with.
Trauma 1 (T1) = single events such as medical procedures, death, illness, natural disasters, rape, injuries, fire and burns, accidents, etc.
Trauma 2 (T2) = Include ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) developmental or repeated incidents over a period. Examples include but are not limited to childhood abuse/abandonment and removal, foster care, adoption, war, torture, sexual abuse, veterans, and domestic & family violence.
Trauma 3 (T3)= Include environmental, historical, social, and intergenerational factors. Examples include and are not limited to the transatlantic slave trade in the Americas, the Holocaust, The Khmer Rogue, Civil wars in Sudan, The Congo, civil wars in Bosnia, sex trafficking, POW.
Keita A Whitten is not a traditional therapist. She is an LCSW trauma specialist and a graduate of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Inst with 300+hrs trauma-specific training. With teletherapy, Keita works with clients in any setting, location, state or country. This is life-changing work, are you ready?
Trauma Defined from a Somatic Lens.
Most people have a basic understanding of trauma. However, in the field of mental health the significance of these experiences, including ACES’ continues to be misunderstood and overlooked. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) relies on antiquated markers based on traditional methods of treatment and is often limited to symptom management- not curing.
Trauma experts continue to argue behaviors like “exaggerated startle responses,” which often become diagnosed as chronic anxiety or stress disorders, may in fact actually be the result of a significant trauma history either experienced directly or indirectly as we begin to understand the considerable effects of trauma within family systems.
If more therapists were trained to observe trauma from an SE lens, behaviors would be explored from a nervous system perspective. Correlations in disorders like attachment-detachments, anxiety, depression, dysthymia, bi-polar, substance dependency, or explosive rage differently would take on new meaning. Think of it this way, the DSM-5 views trauma on a 1-dimensional plane. I argue developing a somatic and holistic lens must also include understanding the role that psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) plays in the emotional body. Observing the impact of these experiences would be like working with trauma and ACES’s on a 3D plane.
Secondary trauma creates feelings of shame, helplessness, and guilt. Using a multidisciplinary approach, Keita is able to create space specifically for the helping professionals such as rescue and crisis response workers, EMTs, Red Cross Volunteers, doctors, therapist, police, firefighters, including military contractors, and alyssum lawyers.
We often only hear about vicarious or secondary trauma relating to caring professionals. Keita works with parents/grandparents, foster parents, adoptive parents, partners, spouses, and other family members and friends. Although they may not have been directly impacted by a traumatic event, caretakers, friends, and family members require particular attention. They experience feeling shame/guilt & helplessness not knowing what to do while witnessing the pain of their loved ones.