Winston-Salem psychologist and clinical health consultant writes book to help healthcare providers recover from COVID | Books

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In the fall of 2020, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Katherine T. Kelly realized she needed to use her Soul Health Model, a holistic health and wellness model she created in 2006, to help health care providers.

Kelly, a clinical health psychologist and consultant, considered writing a book because she said health care providers needed a procedure to help them get back into alignment.

At the time, she herself was burnt out and didn’t know if she had the strength to write a book.

“I didn’t know where I would find the time and the energy,” Kelly said. “But what was really interesting, as I started telling people about it and connecting with former colleagues who were medical providers or supervisors, I became strangely energized because it gave me a new goal and a new mission.”

She interviewed nearly 150 American and Canadian medical professionals to develop a protocol for wounding healers and wrote the book in about three and a half months.

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On February 22, Kelly released “The Healer’s Path to Post-COVID Recovery: A Restorative Journey for Healthcare Providers.” Her book has achieved No. 1 new release bestseller status in eight categories on Amazon.

“What this pandemic has done to health care providers is it has touched them to the core of who they are,” Kelly said. “It shook them up. Now it’s about rebuilding in a new way that will realign them with who they have become.

She stressed that the reconstruction will be different for everyone and not everyone will be ready at the same time.

“It’s not a cookie-cutter approach,” Kelly said. “It’s essentially a self-reflective, guided approach to feeling more whole.”

“The Healer’s Path to Post-COVID Recovery” is her third book. His previous works are “Soul Health: Aligning with Spirit for Radiant Living” (first edition in 2013 and second edition in 2018) and “Recipe for Radiance: Mastering the Art and Soul of Self-Care” (2018).

She uses the Soul Health Model in all three of her books.

“It’s the picture of a tree,” Kelly said. “The tree has 10 key components, and these are all 10 fundamental areas of human life that people somehow struggle to understand. People wonder why they are depressed or anxious, but often they don’t realize it’s related to the misalignment of one or more of these branches.

The 10 keys are physical health, psychological, social, interpersonal, intellectual, environmental, financial, sexual, spiritual and recreational health.

“Every person on this planet, at some point in their life, is trying to figure out all of these branches,” Kelly said. “It really is a complete model.”

Kelly has a psychotherapy and counseling practice in Winston-Salem. She served as Director of Behavioral Sciences and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest University, then owner of the Branches Holistic Health and Wellness Center. In 2004, she entered private practice.

“I do psychotherapy. I do consulting,” Kelly said. “In fact, I have already been contacted by a health system to help them recover from COVID and help rebuild their staff and leadership team.”

Kelly is a board member of Well of Mercy, a personal retreat center in Hamptonville. She has supported the Forsyth County Mental Health Association for 22 years and was named Provider of the Year in 2006.

She also owns an aromatherapy company, Soul Health Essentials, which offers eight lines of essential oils. One of its ranges was created before the pandemic and is aimed more specifically at healthcare providers.

Q: How would you describe your art?

To respond: In my book, “The Healer’s Path to Post-COVID Recovery: A Restorative Journey for Healthcare Providers,” I use my nationally known model of soul health to provide tools for healing from this changing pandemic. the life. I also share powerful stories of strength, pain, courage, and compassion from nearly 150 traditional and holistic providers interviewed in the United States and Canada.

The very soul of healthcare has been fractured and millions of healthcare workers have been hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. They have spent their career helping others. Now is the time to find and reclaim their inner light on their own path to healing. Having worked at three major medical centers and trained hundreds of medical professionals, I know providers have a procedure for everything but themselves. That’s why I wrote this book – to help realign and rebalance those affected by the dark night of the soul of healthcare.

When they read this insightful resource, healthcare workers will be guided down a hopeful path so they can emerge from this uncharted era renewed, restored and uplifted.

Q: How have you evolved as an artist?

To respond: I grew with each of the three books I wrote. But with “The Healer’s Path,” I went into the trenches with healthcare workers from across the country and across Canada to get an up-close and personal understanding of what they’ve been through during the pandemic so far. It not only broadened my awareness of how COVID has profoundly affected healthcare workers, but also how healthcare systems have been affected.

Personally, as a healthcare worker myself, I was exhausted, exhausted, and overwhelmed when I thought of writing this book. But this project became a mission when I realized that my previously developed Soul Health Model – a holistic wellness model designed to provide a blueprint for overall health and wellbeing – could be used to rebuild the lives of health care providers. I became strangely invigorated just knowing that I could help those who were so dedicated to helping others.

Q: Who influenced your art?

To respond: Most of my training was completed in health care settings. Growing up with a disabled father from the age of 9, “integral health” has always been important to me. I believe that my experience as a child influenced me the most in my desire to create “total health” for others.

Q: What is your biggest challenge?

To respond: The biggest challenge right now is getting this book into the hands of healthcare providers. Providers have a procedure for everything but themselves and are generally not very good at taking care of anyone but others.

Q: What does art do for you?

To respond: Writing inspires me a lot when I know that I can offer tools to help. Although my first two books seemed important. This seemed essential to me. Our “essential workers” lack the essential tools to help themselves. Now they will.

Q: Any advice for other artists?

To respond: I will pass this advice on to healthcare workers. The first is acknowledging that you’ve been through quite a bit – something that isn’t easy given that healthcare workers are supposed to keep it together for others.

The second is to recognize how the pandemic has changed you – what feels fractured, worn or broken.

Third, allow you to seek help from a professional, book or other means. This book is a complete guide to rebalancing all 10 key “branches” of health. At least start there.

Fran Daniel writes about artists – visual, musical, literary and more – every week in Relish. Send your story ideas to [email protected] or call 336-727-7366.

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