Blair Keener, lcSW
Therapist, childbirth educator, trauma specialist, parenting mentor & transformation enthusiast.
I am fascinated by the potential for growth that follows life-altering experiences. The hard parts can turn into new strengths and heightened awareness. Therapy helps you build skills in navigating the unknown, embracing the hard parts, and celebrating the joys -- while, slowly, step-by-step, building a fulfilling life.
For a decade, I worked as a birth professional offering doula services and childbirth mentoring. I came to understand that after the birth is when the work of becoming a parent really begins and I saw a clear need for perinatal therapists.
Hawaii - LCSW - Licence # 4789
After attending a workshop in healing birth trauma, I knew I wanted to become a therapist, and back to school I went. I graduated with an MSW from Simmons University and worked with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence at YWCA of Kauai while earning my LCSW. This provided me with a deep dive into facilitating healing from trauma. The tools I learned while working with survivors of trauma are central to the work of healing from perinatal challenges as well. I am excited to come full circle and return to my work with birthing parents, this time offering support for mental health and wellbeing.
Rates & Insurance
50 minute session - $120
I am able to provide services as an in network provider for UHA, HMSA, and Kaiser. If you have different insurance, I may be able to provide services as an out-of-network provider and give you the proper paperwork to submit for reimbursement. I am happy to discuss options during our initial phone consultation.
Education & Trainings
Advanced practice of EMDR for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health,
Emdria-approved training, The Touchstone Institute, 2022
Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy,
Postpartum Support International, 2022
Maternal Mental Health Intensive: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders,
Perinatal Loss and Grief, & Screening for Perinatal Emotional Distress,
Seleni Institute, 2021
EMDR Training: Integrating EMDR into your Clinical Practice, Parts I & II,
Emdira-approved training, EMDR Consulting, January 2020
Masters in Social Work, MSW, Simmons University, 2019
Selected doula trainings
‘Birth Story Listening’ Training with Pam England, Birthing from Within, 2014
Advanced Trancendental Meditation, Lee Lyon, 2009
Advanced Childbirth Mentor Training with Pam England and Virginia Bobro, Birthing from Within, 2009
Trancendental Meditation, Lee Lyon, 2008
CAPPA Certified Lactation Educator Training with Laurel Wilson, CAPPA, 2008
Childbirth Mentor Training with Britta Bushell and Virginia Bobro, Birthing from Within, 2008
Healing Birth Trauma Workshop with Pam England, Birthing from Within, 2007
Birth Doula Training with Pam England, Birthing from Within, 2005
Heart and Hands Midwifery Intensive with Elizabeth Davis, 2005
During the tender moments of newborn parenthood I witnessed a new identity being birthed inside myself. Feeling so many things -- Tender. Raw. Senses Alive. Tired. Full-hearted. Unsure. Dependent. Sentimental -- I slowly began settling into this new self that was at once both ancient and brand new.