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A local Madison County husband and wife team, Dr. Alyssa and Keath G. Killebrew have joined their respective businesses as a psychologist and farmer in order to launch an intensive therapeutic summer program for adolescents. It will take place on Roothog Farm in Flora, MS.

Dr. Alyssa Killebrew has counseled hundreds of adolescents and their families for over 20 years and is a strong believer in utilizing creative ways to tailor treatment to individual needs. At the same time, Keath has farmed thousands of acres, working long hours harvesting varieties of Mississippi crops such as cotton, soybeans, rice, peanuts, wheat and watermelons.

The rug was pulled out from under this couple when they lost their daughter, Sara Elizabeth Killebrew (SEK), from Covid complications last year. The couple spent time at an intensive therapeutic grief program themselves trying to gather meaning from their incredible loss. It was there that they decided to create SEK Intensives to honor their youngest daughter and help both adolescents and their parents deal with life’s challenges.

SEK’s mission is to help adolescents and their families live healthier lives through the use of adventure based outdoor therapies. Participants of SEK intensive will learn how to create balance through focusing on the mind body spirit connection while being outside in nature. We will celebrate healing our broken pieces together.

Each participant will receive individualized experiences based on their specific needs. An assessment will be completed with each family prior to beginning the program. The interdisciplinary treatment team will create a uniquely tailored experience. The team will include a nutritionist, a mindfulness instructor, yoga teachers, personal fitness trainers, counselors, experiential therapists, a psychologist, agricultural staff, cowboys, a chef, local farmers and copious volunteers.

A local Flora farm, Two Dogs Farm, has agreed to provide daily fresh produce introducing adolescents to nutrition. Daily healthy menus will be prepared by a local nutritionist, Carla Snopek. Daily fitness will be led by local personal trainers, Laura Montgomery and Heather Tutor. Yoga will be provided by Nichole Baker, Studio OM and Susan Herrin.

Other therapeutic activities will include adventure-based ropes courses, arrowhead hunting, family sculpting, drum circle, equine therapy with cowboys, learning how to grow a Mississippi crop (cotton) with local farmers, art therapy, life skills in nature training taught by first responder volunteers, labyrinth mindfulness exercises, Native American Medicine wheel, and so much more. All parents or guardians are asked to join the closing Native American ceremony.

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