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With Dr. Keely

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Welcome to Kick Start Your Life™, a comprehensive blueprint designed to help you take control of your trauma and mental wellbeing. Guided by Dr. Keely, our program provides the tools and techniques needed to navigate life’s challenges and foster healing. Our mission is to support BIPOC churches, congregants, and faith leaders by offering trustworthy training and resources to silence the stigma and shame associated with mental illness.

Join us every First and Third Tuesday Night of each month at 7PM (CST) USA for Matters of the Mind a community conversation on trauma and mental wellbeing.  Let's Get Started Here!

About Dr. Keely

Dr. Keely is passionate about her faith, family, and fun! She joyfully shares her life with her husband, Lead Pastor Lee Petty of Bethel International Christian Fellowship, and their children: Jirah, Fallon, Norah, and Jonathan. Dr. Keely is a trailblazer in BIPOC congregations and among BIPOC faith leaders, known for her dynamic approach and unwavering commitment.


A certified educational expert and trainer, Dr. Keely specializes in trauma and mental health. She is a sought-after facilitator and subject matter expert whose mission is to provide trauma and mental health training in BIPOC churches. Her work aims to dismantle intergenerational silence, stigma, and shame, bridging the gap between BIPOC churches and mental health resources.


Dr. Keely lives by a mantra from Mother Teresa: "If we have no peace, it’s because we have forgotten we belong to one another." This guiding principle fuels her dedication to her community.

Awards and Recognitions:

- San Antonio Business Journal: Women’s Leadership, C-Suite, Unsung Hero Spirit of Giving Award

- The Women’s Chamber of Commerce: Recognized for community service

- Public Relations Society of America

- L’Oreal Woman of Worth Nominee

-San Antonio Who's Who Woman of Distinction Award

-Governor Greg Abbott: Honored for community impact

- Fellow with Compassion USA

Dr. Keely has also served on various commissions and initiatives, including the Mayor’s Status of Women and the Dr. Martin Luther King Commission.


Dr. Keely holds a plethora of certifications, including but not limited to:

- Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor

- Master Life Coach

- Cognitive Behavior Therapist

- Substance Abuse Prevention Training Specialist

- Certified Recovery Coach

- Epigenetics Coach

- Positive Intelligence Certified Coach

- PTSD and Substance Abuse Certification

- ACE Interface Trainer of Trainers

Professional Background:

Dr. Keely combines her leadership expertise with spiritual understanding, delivering life-transforming messages that intrigue, ignite, and inspire. She is known as a "life locksmith," unlocking minds and hearts by merging Biblical and psychological principles to guide her audiences towards healing and empowerment.


- University of the Incarnate Word: B.A. in Communication Arts, minor in Law

- Royal Priesthood Counseling Academy: Masters and Doctorate in Christian Counseling

- FBI and DEA Citizens Academy: Graduate

Dr. Keely serves on several boards, including the San Antonio Global Chamber of Commerce, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the Center of Health Care Services Foundation, Bexar County’s mental health authority.

The Hardest Part
Getting Started 

Your journey begins with Kick Start Strategy Sessions

Our Kick Start Strategy Sessions are a positive and energetic approach designed to help clients solve problems, spark innovative ideas, set achievable goals, and establish measurable markers to help you live the life you want. We cover various aspects of mental health and well-being, ensuring a holistic approach to healing and growth.



Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act, and it is important at every stage of life. We provide the tools and support necessary to maintain and improve mental health, helping you navigate life's challenges with resilience.



Wellness is more than health; it is about living fully. It is conscious, inclusive, self-directed, evolving, holistic, multidimensional, positive, and affirming. The eight dimensions of wellness include emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical, environmental, financial, occupational, and social aspects. We address each dimension to help overcome challenges such as lack of support, trauma, unhelpful thinking styles, chronic illness, disability, and substance abuse.




Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) helps individuals recognize and redirect troublesome thoughts, promoting healthier thinking patterns. Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) focuses on helping individuals accept themselves, feel safe, and manage emotions to regulate potentially destructive or harmful behaviors effectively.



Temperament Therapy helps individuals discover their God-given temperament. According to the theory of temperament, this unique trait is placed in us by God at conception and remains with us throughout our lives. By understanding our temperament, which includes areas of inclusion, control, and affection, we can better understand our spiritual nature and needs.




Epigenetic and Intergenerational Trauma Coaching teaches individuals how to activate or suppress gene expression to optimize their lives. By deconstructing their unique genetic makeup, individuals can understand the impact of historical trauma, which can manifest as substance abuse, anger, low self-esteem, violence, and difficulty in emotional regulation. We also address the effects of intergenerational trauma, examining how trauma passed down through generations affects individuals and communities.

"The Sanctuary Course is a transformative initiative aimed at nurturing open dialogues on mental health within our church community. By fostering these conversations, we aim to increase awareness, reduce stigma, and provide a supportive environment where individuals can find healing and understanding. Together, let's embrace the journey towards mental well-being and strengthen our community through empathy, compassion, and shared learning."




Empowering Minds, Strengthening Finances

Mental health and finances are closely linked. Financial problems can be a major source of stress and anxiety. Likewise, mental health challenges can make it difficult to make sound financial decisions and manage your money effectively. Let’s explore my resources and strategies together to achieve both mental and financial well-being.

Dr. Keely in Action

There may be no better way to communicate what we do than through images. As you browse our site, take a few moments to let your eyes linger here, and see if you can get a feel for our signature touch.


Let's Talk!

Dr. Keely Petty  /  210-660-9738

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