Holli Richey is a psychotherapist, meditation teacher, herbalist and wellness consultant whose toolbag includes EMDR, mindfulness, botanical medicine, nature walks & education for healing inside and out.
A growing body of research has shown how emotional patterns have a powerful impact on health and illness, and how physical illness affects mood and emotions. From her own path to healing and her years as a health practitioner, Holli has developed a deep appreciation for an integrated approach to healing to address the mind-body-emotion connection.
Holli studied pathophysiology, biomedicine and the therapeutic use of medicinal herbs at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute), graduating with a Masters of Science in Herbal Medicine. Holli continued her studies of treating conditions of stress at University of Georgia as a Clinical Social Worker. She has developed an ecological therapy of the whole person, mind-body-spirit, which utilizes herbs, psychotherapy and stress management/mindfulness practices to help people find insight into and relief from their anxiety, depression, chronic illness, trauma and pain. She’s continued with her training in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy through intensive study with Zindel Segal, PhD and Susan Woods LCSW at Omega Institute, with Ron Siegel, PsyD from Harvard Medical School, and is in the two year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.
Holli is skilled in working with Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder, somatization disorders and dissociative disorders. Effective modalities in which Holli has received additional training are Advanced EMDR with Dolores Mosquera and Kathy Steele, Somatic Experiencing with Peter Levine, and Interpersonal Neurobiology with Dan Siegel, Schema Therapy and IFS. Holli is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.
Holli has taught classes in herbal medicine and mind-body social work around the eastern U.S, including: the U.S. Botanical Gardens in D.C., the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia in Athens, the University of Georgia’s Anthropology Department in Ethnobotany and Horticulture, the Baltimore Bioneers Conference, North Georgia College and State University’s Appalachian Studies Certificate Program, Brenau University Nursing School, GA Society for Clinical Social Work, Frostburg University Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies in Maryland, Herb Society of America, American Herbalist Guild, Southeast and Mid-South Wise Women Gatherings, Outdoor Chattanooga, Tennessee Wild, Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center (Reflection Riding), Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones, Crabtree Farms in Chattanooga, and Rising Fawn Gardens, GA.