Emily R. Keller, PhD, LPC, RPT

Dr. Emily Keller

Dr. Emily Keller is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. She is trained in psychotherapy for individual, couples, families, groups, and children. Dr. Keller also trains other therapists in these modalities, and offers intensive personal growth workshops. She passionately believes we don’t outgrow our ability to heal and transform ourselves. As we heal, we create a healthier society for everyone.

Dr. Emily Keller believes:

  • You are just as important as everybody else
  • People-pleasing and perfectionism stand in the way of fulfilling dreams
  • Feeling is as important as thinking
  • Intuition is here to guide us
  • We can work cooperatively with others to achieve our dreams
  • Negative beliefs squelch authentic self
  • Negative beliefs and emotion constellations form from traumatic experiences and take the place of authentic self
  • Not all trauma is “T” trauma
  • Being out of touch with who we are authentically is a source of depression, anxiety, and anger
  • Realignment with our truth is empowering and inspiring!

Dr. Emily Keller has a unique approach to psychotherapy. She integrates energy psychotherapy, redecision therapy, gestalt therapy, and sand tray therapy to help clients reach their goals. She works to increase a sense of wonder in all her clients.

She strongly believes that when we are connected with our authentic, true self, we see the beauty and wonder in ourselves and others. Then, we are willing to feel, think, and problem solve cooperatively — despite our differences.

Dr. Emily Keller is Vice President and Co-Director of the Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy. SEI has a nearly 50-year history of offering psychotherapy services and therapist training, built on the premise of helping people heal in order to create a healthy society. As clients heal trauma, they connect with authentic self, and their life aligns with their sense of purpose.

I began seeing Dr. Emily Keller for group therapy for what was, in my mind, ‘self improvement,’ with the ultimate goal of bettering myself for the sake of my marriage. What I found was not only the way towards that goal, but also deep insight and compassion. I was able to see inside myself in ways that I hadn’t before, and find the inner strengths that I needed. Eventually, my wife and I came to Emily for marriage counseling. We have been to other counselors before, but far and away, she has been the best. She helped my wife and I lay the groundwork to repair our marriage, and rediscover our strengths as a couple and, ultimately, the depths of our love. Our experience with Emily has allowed our marriage to flourish even in the most difficult of circumstances. I could not be more grateful.


Intake Forms

All new patients please bring these forms with you to your first appointment.  You may fax us the forms (fax) 919-929-1174.  If you have any questions please contact our office 919-929-1171.


“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life … .”
― Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

We don’t have to outgrow our sense of wonder! Counseling can help you reconnect to your authentic self. 

I work with clients who have lost their sense of wonder in all that is beautiful within them and out in the world. They feel disconnected from hope and meaning in life. Many feel anxious and depressed. They wonder if they will ever do or be enough. Despite the negative thoughts and feelings that circulate throughout their days, they keep going. They feel they are stuck in a rut and don’t know how to break out of it.

― Emily Keller

We overcome recent and past transitions and trauma by accessing our power and autonomy. When we get back in touch with wonder, we get back in touch with possibility. By tuning into emotions and intuition, we get in touch with what we are wanting and needing. With support, we heal, live in the moment, and take action to move forward. We feel connected to who we truly are, connected to others, and connected to a sense of purpose.

About Us

The Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy is committed to making the world a better place for all by connecting people to their worth, value, and dignity and the worth, value, and dignity in others.  We offer to our clients excellence in clinical therapy and psychotherapy training.

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659 Edwards Ridge Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Phone: 919-929-1171
Fax: 919-929-1174
Email: info@seinstitute.com