Emily R. Keller, PhD, LPC, RPT

Dr. Keller is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. She is trained in psychotherapy for individual, couples, families, groups, and children. She 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. 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 a 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. 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.

She 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.


“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 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.

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. 

Call (919) 929-1171 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Keller.