Lyn Williams-Keeler
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Lyn Williams-Keeler

“If we take the word history and believe that it is his-story or her-story then the transition to psychotherapy becomes transparent.”

Occupation: Psychotherapist assisting those who have experienced traumatic events

Personal Life:
  • Historically, Lyn has always been fascinated by the ability of people to survive traumatic events.
  • Hence, she studied Holocaust literature, the survival literature of those who were incarcerated in the Soviet prison camp system, the GULAG Archipelago.
  • Then she moved easily into studying the literature that Vietnam veterans were slowly bringing out of the closet once the memorial wall in Washington, D.C. was dedicated in late 1983.
  • This has been dubbed “psychohistory” by Robert J. Lifton and that area of study continues to be her passion.
  • However, if we take the word history and believe that it is his-story or her-story then the transition to psychotherapy becomes transparent – at least, that is the way it has been for my career development (and this is an ongoing state), as a psychotherapist helping those who have experienced traumatic events in their history to integrate those events into the fabric of their lives.
Personal and Professional Experiences
  • Works with emergency services here because many first responders suffer from PTSD – based on what they see in accidents, crime, and crises
  • Overall knowledge base of genocide and the far-reaching effects of such trauma even for the children born to mothers who lost their husband in the World Trade Center bombings of 911 (there is active research going on with that)
  • Trauma therapist and couples therapist in private practice with A.F.T.T.E.R. (Associates For the Treatment of Trauma Effects and Responses) A Treatment Centre for trauma survivors in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Overall knowledge base of genocide and the far-reaching effects of such trauma even for the children born to mothers who lost their husband in the World Trade Center bombings of 911
  • Provider of in-service training for the Marital and Family Therapy Clinic of the Ottawa Hospital, the Trauma Disorders Team of the Royal Ottawa Hospital and the Psychiatric Unit of National Defence Medical Centre, Veterans Affairs Canada and Ottawa Police Services.
  • Trauma therapist with the Mamasarvik Healing Centre, a trauma and addiction treatment centre for Inuit as well as the instructor in the courses in trauma and addiction as adapted from the Algonquin College program
  • Resident trauma therapist for Nunavut Sivunikasavut Training Program for youth.
  • Significant work in the field of Holocaust studies including the second and now, third generation effects of the intergenerational transmission of trauma
  • Master thesis on the survival literature of the Soviet prison system under Stalin et al., the Gulag Archipelago.
  • Recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of service to veterans in Canada.
  • Speaker for International Conferences in Psychotraumatology.