Emily Keller, PhD, LPC, RPT offers counseling services to help heal trauma, live authentically and

realize dreams. Dr. Keller is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. In addition to offering counseling services and training, she is Vice President and Co-Director of the Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy. SEI has a nearly 50-year history of work

ing to change society through psychological healing. Dr. Keller works to increase a sense of wonder in all clients. She strongly believes that when we honor our true selves, we  see the beauty and wonder in others. Then, we are willing to feel, think, and problem solve cooperatively — despite our differences.

Emily Keller PhD, LPC, RPT

Dr. Keller conducts a workshop on integrating play therapy and family therapy in Coimbatore, India.


“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

Dr. Keller helps clients rediscover the wonder within — themselves, others, and the world.

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.

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.

I offer family counseling, couples counseling, individual counseling, play therapy, and group therapy. 

Fee Schedule

$150/Hour (Cash, check, or CC)

Dr. Keller does not accept insurance.

Play Therapy

Play therapy helps children access the wonder within them and out in the world. Through play, children work through issues causing emotional and behavioral disturbances. The disturbances subside and they return to healthy growth and development. I also offer filial play therapy to children and their parents. This therapy nurtures the attachment and security between children and parents.


Licensed Professional Counselor, North Carolina, 11488; Licensed Professional Counselor, Texas, 66876; Registered Play Therapist, T2808

Counseling Services

Individual Therapy
Couples Therapy
Family Therapy
Play Therapy
Sand Tray Therapy
Advanced Integrated Therapy


Nov. 3: Play Therapy for Cooperative Families 6 CE Credits

Nov. 4: Exploring Life Scripts  in Play Therapy and Sand Tray Themes 6 CE Credits

Feb. 23: Play Therapy Across the Life Span 6 CEs

Feb. 24: Storytelling in Play Therapy: The Process of Making Up the Truth 6 CEs

April 20: Be in Wonder: An Open Growth-Oriented Stance for Play Therapists and Parents 6 CEs

April 21: Emotional Literacy and Regulation Skills for Children, Teens, and Parents 6 CEs

Associations and Roles

Vice President of Operations, Board of Trustees, International Transactional Analysis Association
Vice President, Co-director, Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy
Member, American Counseling Association
Member, Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling
Member, Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors
Member, USA Transactional Analysis Association
Member, Association for Play Therapy


2010 Research award on multiculturalism and counseling
Research grant to support dissertation research on working competently with clients from different religious backgrounds
Chi Sigma Iota member and award recipient