Child & Teen Therapy | Play Therapy Training | Play Therapy Supervision
My goal is to connect children and teens to a sense of wonder — in themselves, others, and the world
- I work directly with clients–offering play therapy, sand tray, and expressive arts counseling to children, teens, and their families.
- I work with other therapists–offering play therapy training and supervision to help mental health practitioners working with children to become a Registered Play Therapist.
Emily Keller, PhD, LPCC (CA 10821), LCMHCS (NC S11488), NCC, RPT-S,
I Help Children & Families
Heal from trauma
Change patterns of generational trauma
Gain emotional regulation skills
Build a sense of safety and trust
Learn to work cooperatively rather than competitively
Develop a healthy sense of self
Increase confidence and authentic expression of self
Discover joyful connections
Grieve during times of mourning and loss
Develop respectful boundaries
My Approach to Psychotherapy
I work with children, teens, & families. My approach to therapy is integrative. I integrate redecision therapy, gestalt therapy, play therapy, expressive arts, and sand tray therapy to help children, teens, and their families grieve, heal, and grow.
My belief is 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.
Before moving to Livermore, I was the vice president and co-director of the Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy. While there, I led post-graduate training workshops on play therapy, family therapy, and couples therapy. I co-led a training program, couples weekend retreats, weekly group therapy, and monthly group therapy for therapists. I also offered play therapy, couples therapy, and family therapy services.
Additionally, I have experience working at a pediatric inpatient mental health facility with children, teens, and their families; at a children’s bereavement center, where I co-led groups for parents who had lost children; and in private practice.
In addition to a dual master’s degree and a doctorate in counselor education and supervision, I have post-graduate training in couples therapy, family therapy, and play therapy.
I have presented at conferences locally, nationally, and internationally on play therapy. My workshops focus on emotional regulation, metaphor, and integrating family therapy and play therapy to benefit children and teens.
My most recent publication is about the body, disenfranchised grief, and how yoga can help heal grief by offering direct communication of the safety, presence, and resources available in the here-and-now moment. Yoga also invites relaxation, which offers restoration and renewal at a cellular level.
Keller, E. R. (2024). Our bodies: Holders of unspoken grief. In Disenfranchised Grief (pp. 42-58). Routledge.
Read my article in Play Therapy Magazine — Wonder: The Key to Being in an Authentic Relationship with Children