Keith Miller, LICSW

Keith Miller Counseling

 

 PROFESSIONAL FOCUS AND ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, and a certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist. Since 2002, I have worked in mental health and psychotherapy in a variety of settings, and have trained closely with nationally renowned experts in the fields of individual and couples psychotherapy.

Non-Traditional Talk Therapy

I can help you build your own ability to change emotional states or behaviors that seem highly resistant to change. After noticing how many of my clients struggled to get better with traditional talk therapy—which typically relies on cognitive and rational-based interventions—I devoted many years to studying and fine-tuning the method that I now use, based on a method that systematically uses mindfulness (IFS). IFS is an evidenced-based approach that is scientifically shown to effectively treat anxiety, panic, phobias, and improve a variety of general health conditions.

I’ll teach you to pay attention to your thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations and view them more neutrally, without assigning an emotional value that they are strongly positive or negative. In fact, we’ll learn that it’s possible—and more productive—to befriend and get to know, rather than fight or exile, the most unwanted aspects of our personality.

Together, we’ll create a laboratory where you can safely resolve longstanding inner conflicts that cause emotional pain, unwanted behaviors, or disruption to your relationships.

I’ll incorporate mindfulness into our sessions in a systematic way with you that’s highly efficient at getting to the root of issues, without recycling old beliefs that have outlasted their usefulness in your life. In my opinion, this is the biggest limitation of cognitive or analytical therapies.

Highly Focused, Highly Personal

For some people, it’s possible for us to use “inductive” techniques that are highly focused. It can help you achieve a deeply relaxed and creative state, from which you can see your presenting problems or symptoms through a radically new lens. To some people this process feels the same as hypnosis, but our work remains grounded in the evidence-based practices of mind-body medicine and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).

These focused sessions are especially helpful for:

  • Stress-related sleep disorders
  • Moms experiencing sadness and unwanted feelings about parenting, including postpartum depression
  • Physical pain (fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic back pain, chronic headaches)
  • Shyness or lack of confidence at work or dating
  • Weight-loss
  • Emotional eating
  • Body image disorder
  • Low libido
  • Smoking cessation
  • Anxiety/fear/panic/phobias
  • Recovering from a traumatic experience
  • Ending an affair or preventing an eminent affair from happening
  • Becoming less critical and more open to love

Schedule a Free Consultation with Keith for Individual Consultation


Couples and Marriage Counseling

I am a master couples therapist with significant post-graduate training in attachment-based, emotion-focused couples therapy. In addition to my clinical work with couples to restore intimacy, improve communication, and recover from infidelity, I teach post-graduate continuing education courses to other couples therapists. I am the author of two books and one multi-media, home-study course on the subject of relationship improvement.

Love Under Repair: How to Save Your Marriage and Survive Couples Therapy
10 Myths About the Emotionally Unavailable Man: Stop Divorce in its Tracks
21-Day Marriage Transformation: The Simple Antidote to Relationship Conflict and Negativity

Schedule a Free Consultation with Keith for Couples Consultation

 

Academic and Personal Background 

My graduate degree in Clinical Social Work is from Virginia Commonwealth University and I hold an undergraduate degree in religious studies.

Out-of-the-classroom training is important for any therapist to be effective, and I have high standards for maintaining post-graduate, experiential training and professional review of my work throughout the year. I also think it is important that you know I am committed to maintain my own personal discipline of sitting regularly my own therapist. It always has the effect of stretching me, showing me how hard it really is to take the risk of investing in your own personal growth—and how deeply rewarding it is to stick with it.

I also consider myself fortunate to be married to someone who has been willing to labor with me—in the trenches of marriage therapy at times—to shape our relationship when it needs shaping and rest when it’s time to rest.

More than any degree or gold-star training ever will, the continuous act of attempting to love and be loved by one person—while raising children to love and thrive—challenges all of my best faculties and adds a fine (and humbling) point to so many of the wellness tools that I offer to others. All of it yields in me a steady crop of confidence, compassion, and hope for others on their own path of personal growth.

Phone & Skype Sessions

I work with regularly with people from around the world. If you’re not able to come in for an office visit, I’m happy to consult with you over the phone or skype. Please know that phone sessions are technically “coaching” or “consultation” and cannot be considered psychotherapy–therefore phone sessions are not subject to insurance reimbursement.

 

 


 FEES AND PAYMENT:

FEES FOR KEITH MILLER:

$364 for 60 minutes
$542 for 90 minutes

(A 4% discount, amounting to fees of $350 and $525 respectively, is given for payment by check, cash or ACH bank debit.)

Payment is expected at the beginning of each session whether or not you are submitting insurance claims. Payment may be made by Visa, Discover, Mastercard, or American Express. For local (in-person) consultation, all checks should be made payable to Keith Miller Counseling, LLC.


 APPOINTMENT HOURS:

Monday – Friday, 10am-3:00pm


 INSURANCE: Because we are licensed as professional social workers and counselors, our professional services do qualify for patient reimbursement under most insurance plans. Coverage varies widely from policy to policy, so you may want to review your benefits to determine your expected reimbursement.

 


 CANCELLATION AND INCLIMATE WEATHER POLICY

Since the scheduling of an appointment involves the reservation of times specifically for you, a minimum of 48 hours notice is required for re-scheduling or canceling an appointment. Unless we reach a different agreement, the full fee will be charged for sessions missed without such notification. Most insurance companies do not reimburse for missed sessions.

In inclimate weather the cancellation policy is in effect unless the federal government is closed.


 FORMS FOR NEW CLIENTS

I look forward to meeting with you very soon. Please complete the forms and bring them to the first session or take the first few minutes of your session to fill them out after I greet you in the waiting area.

The following two forms are REQUIRED for meeting with Keith Miller:

CLIENT_CLINICAN_AGREEMENT_FORM

Client_Data_Form_and_Consent_for_Care

 

The following forms are OPTIONAL and used only when needed

CREDIT_CARD_AUTHORIZATION_FOR_SERVICES_FORM

Consent for Release of Information