Kirstine Keel
Services Offered
Individual and group sessions
Most Recent Book Title
I Left
Book Description
In her memoir, I Left, born into a family of Hollywood glamour, celebrity, and special perks Kirstine Keel experiences a false sense of physical presence in a material world of money and fame. Embedded in this comfortable physical environment comes a hidden history of emotional trauma – repeated patterns of emotional abuse, neglect, and violence inherited from her maternal and paternal generations before.
Additional Book Titles
Marley the Motmot in the Land of Trees
Location (city/state/country)
Healdsburg, CA USA
Author bio
My life began as the daughter of Howard Keel, the MGM movie star in the classic era of the ’50s and ’60s in such notable movies as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Show Boat, Kiss Me Kate, Calamity Jane, Annie Get Your Gun, among others. As a child, being raised in Beverly Hills, I saw my life through a lens of privilege. The world of entertainment presented an outward sense of beauty and power but for me lacked the internal sense of belonging I craved.
In my search for something more, I had many experiences and learned what it means to belong. Over time I became a wife and mother of five children, obtained a multiple-subject teaching credential, and eventually a master’s degree as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC). I have worked with teenagers, adults, and families who are suffering from mental health issues such as addiction, childhood trauma, depression, anxiety, and the loss of a child. Due to my personal interest in addictive behavior, along with my oldest son, David, I appeared on Utah’s KTVX CW30 News to advocate for the bill that made it possible for first responders to carry Narcan shots in the state of Utah.
Presently, after moving to California, I continue to offer my experience to clients that need guidance in their search for belonging. While teaching kindergarten, 1st and 3rd grade with the help of SCBWI, I wrote and illustrated a children’s book entitled, Marley the Motmot in the Land of Trees. Other artistic endeavors have included oil portraits and my association with an organization conserving the Peninsular Bighorn ram. My art has appeared in its publication of Path of the Bighorn, Connecting a Community. Lastly, I have written my memoir, I Left to describe my experience with embracing peaceful power with learning to love and be loved.
Professional Speaker Topics
Women's issues - divorce/ surviving and thriving after the death of a child
Christian faith/based spiritual support
The Hollywood Life
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

William Wordsworth:
Dust as we are, the immortal spirit grows
Like harmony in music; there is a dark
Inscrutable workmanship that reconciles
Discordant elements, makes them cling together
In one society. How strange, that all
The terrors, pains, and early miseries,
Regrets, vexations, lassitude interfused
Within my mind, should e'er have borne a part,
And that a needful part, in making up
The calm existence that is mine when I
Am worthy of myself!

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