Keita A. Whitten, LCSW, Clinical Social Work in Portland, Maine, 04102

Keita A. Whitten, LCSW

Keita A. Whitten, LCSW
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Keita A. Whitten, LCSW

Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Life Coach
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Social Worker
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 26854
Accepting new clients - Contact me!
Office 1
222 Saint John St Suite 230
Portland, Maine 04102
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Tired of repeating your trauma narrative over and over again? I offer a holistic somatic approach. Somatic means merely related to the body. An embodied approach is a client-centered. Over time trauma and adverse experiences are less about the story, and more about the impact of the event- the stored memories found in the pain body which causes you to feel anxious, afraid, rage, frustrated, helpless, depressed, or out of control.

Sessions are in real time, designed to slow life way down and take the time to guide, educate in support of your self-recovery as it unfolds. I do not pathologize, blame or judge your responses or current circumstances. Instead, we take our time to explore and assess your needs. I do not treat you like a"diagnoses". I am the witness and facilitator, understanding you are much more than your particular experience. A holitic lens means, together we navigate the emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical realms of your experience, including social and environmental considerations.

With sophisticated adversities and historical trauma, I have learned its essential to be able to address soul wounds. This work may include unpacking the dynamics of race, class, war, oppression, and abuses. Becuase such events often affect caregivers and family systems too, I offer emotional support and clarity for parents/grandparents, foster parents, adoptive parents, etc., who are directly and indirectly impacted by the experiences of their loved ones.

Depending on your location or situation, sessions are available via teletherapy, phone, at home or my home office in Maine.

Email or Call Keita A. Whitten, LCSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 26854

More Info About My Practice

I define trauma in levels. T1 are single events such as medical procedures, death, illness, natural disasters, rape, etc. T2 can be developmental events which happen over a period such as abuse and childhood, domestic & family violence, war, torture, sexual abuse or sex trafficking. T3 are Intergenerational, societal & historical. We work to explore connections between physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being and distress within a multicultural framework.

Trauma attributes to PTSD and chronic stress which is taxing on the nervous and autoimmune systems. Therefore I believe trauma intervention should be short term. In sessions, I infuse the beliefs of gentle restorative yoga with physical touch. The concept of physical touch comes from the radical work of somatic experiencing touch therapy. This is not energy (Reiki). Physical touch with yoga works with the same principles as homeopathy. My focus is the relationship Heart Rate Variability (HRV)and organic intelligence (your body?s wisdom), to support your nervous system in creating coherence, settling, and restoration. Somatic touch practitioners work from the understanding that our skin is the outer surface of our brain, and operate as a single unit. Therefore this level of work can feel supportive and simulate a variety of emotional or physiological responses to help quickly release deep emotions or tensions in a way cognitive-behavioral models can not.

After working suessfully with cleints, Conscious Identity Development was developed in 2016. I define this work as posttrauma life coaching, or part II. With CID we explore your unique talents and strengths in alignment with your higher power and sacred contract to unpack the dilemma, "Who am I now without my addictions, my trauma narrative or adverse experiences?"

My Guiding Ethical Principles

In the 1980's Keita began her journey in social work and community dating back to the days of Borough Manhatten Community College in NYC. She moved to Maine in 1996, and after her yoga teacher training, in 2014 she became motivated to create Redefining Therapy LLC wanting to offer an alternative and integral approach to mental health and emotional wellness. She teaches emotional wellness is more about agency, self-worth, and acceptance- the ability to handle life's adversities with grace based on choices like the ability to slow down, reflect, discharge old values/beliefs, and tap into innate strengths like compassion and radical self-love.

Traditional psychotherapy treats you like a diagnosis, is more about symptom management, subjected to interpretation, and bound by treatment plans designed to justify your mental health needs based on what your insurance will pay. In 2018 Keita made a bold and conscious practice decision not to accept any insurances. This decision is based on an ethical desire to be able to have the freedom and flexibility as a therapist to practice mental and emotional wellness holistically, based on core principles that reflect healing, reciprocity, and personal empowerment. Are you ready to thrive?

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Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Other

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Keita works with soul wounds addressing complex and historical trauma and adverse experiences, including race, class, war, injuries, and abuses. She includes support for caregivers, parents/grandparents, foster parents, adoptive parents, etc.

    Conscious Identity Development is part II. This work unpacks the dilemma, "Who am I now without my addictions, my trauma narrative or adverse experiences?"

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Pain
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Racism
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Spirituality
  • Stress

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy

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