Kelley is the founder and owner of The Freedom Center: A Sacred Pathway to Wholeness. Her practice is open to all people. Dignity, respect, and equity are values that are at the top of the list for her. She believes we are all connected in the magnificence of humanity. Each of us having worth and value. Kelley has a passion for helping others and her community. She has channeled her trauma experiences to be an agent of change by learning, healing, and growing herself to teach and support others with a fire that speaks, “it can be different”. Her connection to humanity’s pain has ignited her desire to address, give voice towards, and teach about injustice, inequity, and racism.
She has been working in the Greater New Bedford community for almost 30 years supporting different populations such as at-risk youth, families experiencing homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and those with substance use disorders. Kelley has found that the intergenerational wounds of trauma and one's own lived experience impact their story today. Kelley’s private practice supports others’ healing and recovery with a mind-body holistic lens. She is a published author of a piece in If Only I Knew Then What I Know Now: Women's Stories of Self Discovery. She hopes that by sharing her story she can help others with theirs.
Kelley has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology, Social Services from UMASS Dartmouth and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Bridgewater State University. Kelley is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW). She is certified as an Energy Medicine Practitioner having studied at the Rhys Thomas Institute Life Mastery Training Program. She has a Reiki Level I certification and is certified as a Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher.
Kelley is active in her community as she as been a consultant for multiple departments for the City of New Bedford overseeing several grants, currently volunteers on the board for the Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District and coached youth girls basketball and field hockey for many years. She is a current faculty member for Bridgewater State University's School of Social Work.
Kelley recently collaborated on a project called Elevate Southoast which created two larger scale events: An Exploration of Mindfulness in 2019 and Higher Love in 2021 as well as smaller community workshops which all were focused on empowering people to harness their innate capacity for happiness, wholeness, and health by creating spaces for connection, learning, and exploration. This collaborative project lead into the pandemic which provided the opportunity to support people virtually during a challenging time.
Kelley lives with her husband and two sons. She loves her family and friends, exercises, practices yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. Kelley loves to have fun, as self-care and free time are essential to a balanced life.