Keely Burke, MA, MFT (MFC 51985), Associate Staff Member at the Center for Creative Growth, is a graduate of the Expressive Arts Therapy department at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has a deep understanding of the connection between early childhood wounding and current struggles in one's personal life, career, and relationships, which she developed during her many years of working with adults and children in a variety of settings. She worked as an art educator of children ranging from 2 to 18 years old for 10 years. Chosen to teach at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Keely led groups focused on helping at-risk girls combat sexism through empowerment in the arts. In addition, she founded a studio project at a learning center in West Oakland and focused on multi-cultural issues. Keely also worked with women and children who were survivors of domestic violence. As an adjunct faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Keely teaches marriage, couples, and family therapy classes, training future therapists. Keely works with mindfulness and an understanding of multiple spiritual traditions. She also brings skill, understanding, and sensitivity to her work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people and polyamorous couples. Keely brings warmth through her depth-oriented, yet playful approach to psychotherapy. When suitable she welcomes the opportunity to integrate visual art, music, movement and drama into her therapy work. She is sensitive to the full range of issues each individual brings to therapy, in addition to having special interest in working with women’s issues, trauma, addiction, and couples' issues.
“I believe therapy is first and foremost about honoring the light in each person and allowing them the opportunity to open in a way that is not typical in everyday interactions. I hope to help them find the underlying truths in their inner experience that may not always be available to them. In nurturing truth and awareness, I believe each person will subsequently be able to approach life in a more balanced, whole, inspired, and creative way.”
M.A., Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy - California Institute of Integral Studies
B.A., Women’s Studies, Art, and Activism – College of Santa Fe
Graduate Member, International Expressive Art Therapy Association
Graduate Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Adjunct Faculty, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco