Dr. Kelli Ritter earned her Ph.D. in Counseling from Georgia State University where she developed a passion for Adlerian Psychology, play therapy and trauma. Dr. Ritter has spent the last twenty years working with children, teens and families in various roles through counseling, parent education and consulting services. Her book and DVD set, Come Play with Me!, teaches parents and caregivers how to use Adlerian play therapy skills with children. Dr. Ritter’s primary research interest involves how to create environments that are more likely to help people live courageous, resilient and wholehearted lives. Her main areas of focus in counseling include: Resilience, Wellness, Mindfulness, Counselor Self-Care, and Trauma. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), A Certified Professional Counseling Supervisor (CPCS), a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA), Chi Sigma Iota International (CSI), the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and Association (SACES) and the Associate for Play Therapy (APT).

Dr. Ritter joined the Counseling Department of Argosy University, Atlanta in 2010 where she is currently an Associate Professor. Dr. Ritter developed the Wellness and Resilience in Counseling elective course at Argosy, Atlanta and continues to provide workshops and trainings in the areas of wellness, trauma informed care and supervision, wholehearted living and creativity in counseling. She is part of the counseling team at Cumberland Academy of GA – providing supervision and consultation for this amazing school dedicated to children and adolescents with special needs. Trained in play therapy, EMDR and brain-based hypnotherapy, Dr. Ritter is able to use a variety of trauma specific, experiential and evidence-based approaches in her work. Dr. Ritter is also a certified Daring Way™ & Rising Strong™ Facilitator-Clinician and Consultant which is the curriculum based on Dr. Brene’ Brown’s research on shame-resilience, courage and belonging. She currently lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and two sons.