Emily Ruha Keller

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, PhD, LPCC, LCMHC-S, RPT-S, NCC


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Emily Ruha Keller

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, PhD, LPCC, LCMHC-S, RPT-S, NCC


Verified by Psychology Today
10 Endorsed

Announcement icon I will be expanding my practice to include in-person sessions starting in May. I look forward to working with children and families again.


I work with children and their families to help them grow, heal, and grieve. My focus is on helping children develop healthy self-narratives and emotional regulation skills. Oftentimes, I work with parents to help them heal their own childhood trauma so they can let go of the strategies they used to get by in childhood that no longer serve them. With awareness and support, we can let go of the defenses that once protected us & now stand in the way of healthy relating.
I specialize in play therapy and healthy self-narratives. Trained in psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families, children, & groups, I integrate energy work, redecision therapy, gestalt, play therapy, expressive arts, & sand tray. This allows me to draw on strengths offered by both traditional talk therapy and experience-based therapies.
Trauma can result from specific events. It can also be subtle/woven throughout our lives. Play therapy helps children express themselves so they can feel heard and move through their challenges. If you are a parent coming to terms with your own trauma, it's never too late to heal and have/give the healthy relationships today that you needed then.


  • Cost per Session: $180
Pay By: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, Paypal, Visa
Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • GEHA
  • Optum
  • Oxford
  • UMR
  • UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.


  • Years in Practice: 13 Years
  • License: California / 10821
  • Please note: License state differs from primary location state.
  • School: St. Mary's University
  • Year Graduated: 2014
I offer play therapy training/supervision across the country. My workshops focus on Gestalt/family therapy as well as emotional regulation.

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: Association for Play Therapy / T2808
  • Certificate Date: 2015


Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
"Emily has a grounding, supportive presence that provides an excellent foundation for personal growth and change. She works in partnership with her clients and helps them connect with their true selves so that transformation is possible. I highly recommend ..."

Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
"I would like to recommend Emily to those considering her as for counseling services. I have worked with Emily personally, as a co-intern with the same supervisor, and had time to discuss counseling principles and ethics, in private, and I can attest to the ..."

Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
"Emily is a caring, nurturing professional who connects with the people she works with in a way that feels warm and accepting. It is through this relationship, that the people who engage in counseling with Emily experience healing, growth and change. I ..."

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Emily Ruha Keller's Groups

Group Therapy

Join us for this 2-hour expressive arts and redecision therapy group. This is a group largely focused on processing unresolved childhood feelings and experiences to help members move forward by accessing their strengths in the here and now. Primary theories used: Gestalt and Redecision Therapy. We will use the expressive arts, sand tray, and experiential explorations to enhance explorations of our strengths and change. An initial screening session is required to join this group and to determine fit.

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Teen Group

Dr. Keller incorporates redecision therapy, sand tray therapy, expressive arts, and some elements of play therapy into group therapy with teens. These therapeutic modalities invite awareness and communication of thoughts and feelings, leading to greater insight and behavior change. Group therapy for teens leverages teens’ natural desire to connect with peers as they explore, discover, and delight in who they are becoming. This group will focus on the development of social skills and emotional literacy to address academic stress, anxiety, and healthy boundary setting.

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Group Play Therapy for Kids

Play therapy is a widely researched therapeutic modality used to support children’s growth and development while addressing a number of emotional and behavioral concerns. Group play therapy offers opportunities to work on social skills and boundaries with peers while in a therapeutic setting. Group play therapy also can be a more affordable options for some families. Also, group play therapy allows the play therapist to support more children with the powers of play therapy. This play therapy group for children focuses on three areas particularly impacted by recent responses to covid-19: social skills emotional regulation anxiety/behavior issues

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  • Anxiety
  • Family Conflict
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Anger Management
  • Child
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Grief
  • Internet Addiction
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Women's Issues
Mental Health
  • Dissociative Disorders (DID)
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders

Client Focus

Ethnicity: Other Racial or Ethnic Background
Faith: Other Spiritual or Religious Affiliations
  • Adults
  • Teen
  • Racial Justice Allied
  • Veterans

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy
  • Attachment-based
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Energy Psychology
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Expressive Arts
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Feminist
  • Gestalt
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative
  • Multicultural
  • Person-Centered
  • Play Therapy
  • Redecision Therapy
  • Relational
  • Sandplay
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Individuals
  • Family
  • Group


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Last Modified: 26 Jan 2023
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Emily Ruha Keller

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, PhD, LPCC, LCMHC-S, RPT-S, NCC