Holli Richey is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and a psychotherapist practicing in Chattanooga, TN, USA. 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. 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 nature walk in your neck of the woods, Holli leads walks in urban and suburban areas because plants growing up through sidewalk cracks and manicured lawns can also be edible or medicinal.