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About Holli Richey, LCSW, RH(AHG)

Holli Richey teaching the medicinal and edible properties of Southern plants.

Holli Richey teaching the medicinal and edible properties of plants.

Holli Richey is a trauma-informed, mindfulness-focused psychotherapist practicing in Chattanooga, TN, USA and a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. Holli’s philosophy of healing is based on our need for wholeness. From her own path of healing, Holli has developed a deep appreciation for plant medicine, mindfulness, and mind/body/spirit medicine. Holli’s therapeutic focus is in rekindling people’s intimate relationship to life in all its wholeness: nature’s beauty and mystery, food in its nourishment and challenges, personal relationships in their pleasure and pain, emotions that provide us powerful information of our perception of life; all of which points us to our empowered self.

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. A growing body of research and Holli’s own observations have shown how emotional patterns have a powerful impact on health and illness, which led Holli to study at the University of Georgia as a Clinical Social Worker to develop 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, and with Ron Siegel, PsyD from Harvard Medical School.

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.

Holli lives in Chattanooga, TN where she provides herbal wellness consultations and psychotherapy. To schedule an appointment call (423)240-4578.

Or, if you would like to set up a mindful nature walk in your neck of the woods, Holli leads walks in national forests, wildernesses, arboretums, and urban and suburban areas because nature is everywhere.

Holli Richey’s plant walks were written up in Daily Candy Atlanta and Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Comments on: "About Holli Richey, LCSW, RH(AHG)" (13)

  1. Very interesting, educational site. Thank you

  2. Catherine G. Lind said:

    Hello Ms. Holli….What a fabulous Saturday at the Brick House in Crawford. Not only was it a treat for the eyes and nose, the lunch was wonderful, healthy and imaginative. Loved it. It felt so healthy and i was full but not that stuffed feeling. Delightful use of herbs and flowers and leaves. I have been to many different herb classes but this is the first one that I walked away know so much more than any other. The folks were fun to be with too. I sincerely hope you have many more and you were right it was a bargain:)
    Positive thoughts love and gratitude.

    Catherine G. Lind

    • Thank you! I had a wonderful time, too. I’m so glad you came, and I’ll keep you posted on more herb walks, wild plant lunches, and hands-on workshops.


  3. Krysia said:

    I left a comment, but am not sure if I hit “Post Comment” so I’ll try again. I love your blog and found your post about mushrooms! It was so nice to visit with you and hear about what you are doing. I learned so much reading some of your posts. I wish you the best and look forward to seeing you soon and talking with you more 🙂

  4. Great blog, great site, like your column in the Athens Banner-Herald. I am sorry that I don’t live closer or both my wife and I would seek you out as our herbalist. Our best to you. Randy & Jody

  5. Found your blog via the Banner-Herold column on Knotweed, and I think it’s great. I’m hoping you’ll do more with invasive species in the future.

  6. Lance said:

    Hi Holli. I liked the article about the hemlock trees. In several places around the N. GA mtns it looks-(looks) like the ladybird beetle releases may possibly be effective in saving quite a few of the hemlock trees. One great example is Raven Cliff Falls wilderness near Helen. Along the trail and in the valleys perpendicular to it, there are quite a few mature stands of hemlock that had long healthy strands of new growth on them this year. There are also some other hemlocks that are dead or dying, but not near as many as I noticed 2 years ago. At Raven Cliffs, the hemlock seem-(seem)-to be quite possibly overcoming the ravages of the adelgid. Just 2 years ago I would have thought every last hemlock there would be dead by this year but they may well be recovering. Do you know of a good hemlock contact person at UGA? I have been interested in UGA planting treated hemlocks around the campus so like you were saying people in the future can restock the Appalachians with future saplings and wondered who to contact to suggest this. I’ve donated a few saplings to the “dogpark” and several other places around Athens but was thinking the school could do more intensive planting projects than I can. Thanks!

  7. Holli, I will be beginning herbalist classes this year. Could I email you with some questions about working in this field?

  8. Charles said:

    I would like to know about future wild plant identification hikes or workshops. Will they be posted at this location or elsewhere?

    • Thanks for your inquiry. Future walks and talks are posted on the Classes page. If you would like notifications delivered to your email, you can subscribe to this blog, and when I have a walk coming up, I’ll post it. I hope you can make one.

  9. Julie Housley said:

    The Spring Ephemeral Forest Bathing Retreat was amazing! Thank you for providing such an event in such a beautiful atmosphere. I would love to set up an urban walk in my neighborhood sometime.

    • Thank you, Julie. I’m so glad you received something from the event and the place. It is a beautiful place. As far as neighborhood urban herbal walks, they are great anytime of year. Let me know when you have some folks interested. I hope you continue to have a glorious spring.

  10. Holli, it was great meeting you last weekend at Ivy Academy. Samantha and I are still talking about all the amazing things we learned from you and would like to attend more of your walks in the future.

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