We rise by lifting others.
Alyssa Killebrew is a clinical psychologist who has over 25 years of experience working with adults and children who suffer from mental health issues, such as grief, anxiety and depression. In 2019, Alyssa began her grief journey when she lost her best friend, Sara Roberts, to metastatic breast cancer. A few months later, Alyssa and her husband Keath lost their second daughter to COVID on Thanksgiving of 2020. The couple attended a grief retreat, which inspired them to live a more intentional life.
SEK (named after their daughter Sarah Elizabeth Killebrew)
They founded SEK to teach lessons they had learned over their 30 years together. The couple sponsored 25 adolescents at their farm in Flora, teaching character-building lessons about life through farming and other therapeutic modalities, such as art, music, nature, farm-to-table nutrition, physical exercise and yoga.
Tragically, Alyssa lost her beloved soulmate and partner, Keath, in a plane crash on December 3, 2021.
After giving birth to their first son, Keath Jr., on Christmas Eve, she vowed to keep her son’s father’s legacy and memory alive this year with a SEK 2022 therapeutic intensive in June. Henceforth, “We Rise By Lifting Others” has become the theme of Alyssa Killebrew’s life.
Alyssa learned early on that life is about creating happiness regardless of the circumstances, and she believes “To much who is given, much is expected.” She said, “My husband gave me so much love. He taught me how to be independent and strong. I feel that it is my duty to teach the younger generation about living a balanced life through making healthy choices and caring for self and others.”
When Two Passions Collide
A local Madison County husband and wife team, Dr. Alyssa and Keath G. Killebrew have joined their respective businesses as a psychologist and farmer in order to launch an intensive therapeutic summer program for adolescents. It will take place on Roothog Farm in Flora, MS.
Dr. Alyssa Killebrew has counseled hundreds of adolescents and their families for over 20 years and is a strong believer in utilizing creative ways to tailor treatment to individual needs. At the same time, Keath has farmed thousands of acres, working long hours harvesting varieties of Mississippi crops such as cotton, soybeans, rice, peanuts, wheat, and watermelons.
The rug was pulled out from under this couple when they lost their daughter, Sara Elizabeth Killebrew (SEK), from COVID complications last year. The couple spent time at an intensive therapeutic grief program themselves trying to gather meaning from their incredible loss. It was there that they decided to create SEK Intensives to honor their youngest daughter and help both adolescents and their parents deal with life’s challenges.
SEK’s mission is to help adolescents and their families live healthier lives through the use of adventure-based outdoor therapies. Participants of SEK intensive will learn how to create balance through focusing on the mind body spirit connection while being outside in nature. We will celebrate healing our broken pieces together.
Each participant will receive individualized experiences based on their specific needs. An assessment will be completed with each family prior to beginning the program. The interdisciplinary treatment team will create a uniquely tailored experience. The team will include a nutritionist, a mindfulness instructor, yoga teachers, personal fitness trainers, counselors, experiential therapists, a psychologist, agricultural staff, cowboys, a chef, local farmers, and copious volunteers.
A local Flora farm, Two Dogs Farm, has agreed to provide daily fresh produce introducing adolescents to nutrition. Daily healthy menus will be prepared by a local nutritionist, Carla Snopek. Daily fitness will be led by local personal trainers, Laura Montgomery and Heather Tutor. Yoga will be provided by Nichole Baker, Studio OM, and Susan Herrin. Other therapeutic activities will include adventure-based ropes courses, arrowhead hunting, family sculpting, drum circle, equine therapy with cowboys, learning how to grow a Mississippi crop (cotton) with local farmers, art therapy, life skills in nature training taught by first responder volunteers, labyrinth mindfulness exercises, Native American Medicine wheel, and so much more. All parents or guardians are asked to join the closing Native American ceremony.
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