As a couples therapist I use a technique called the Imago Dialogue which was developed by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. nearly 30 years ago. This technique tries to ensure that each partner actually listens to and hears what their partner is trying to say. Couples often assume that their partners share the same beliefs, feelings, and attitudes they hold. As a result they treat their spouse as an extensions of themselves. When their spouse feels unheard or taken for granted, they rebel which then produces a power struggle. The power struggle can be a time of great confusion because important issues are obscured by overt and covert arguing, and manipulations. My techniques emphasize using the strengths of both parties to help couples get back on the right path so they can avoid negativity and arguing.
Having worked in Psychology for 30 plus years, I believe that people are more alike than different in spite of the symptoms they might exhibit. Most problems have a common origin. and that origin has a lot to do with our ability to talk openly about what ails us. When we have a sympathetic figure available, it becomes more possible to overcome all manner of trauma and abuse. When there is no one to talk to, emotions go underground where they are converted to anxiety, depression, eating disorders, obsessions and compulsions and the like. Because I believe that diverse symptoms have a common origin, I work with most presenting problems including anxiety disorders, depressive reactions, eating disorders, etc.
Fees and Insurance
I participate with a number of insurance companies which means that I bill directly for services and that you are responsible for any copays and deductibles. When people have no coverage and cannot afford a standard fee, I am sometimes able to negotiate a fee based on one's ability to pay. Please note that I require 24 hours advance notice in order to avoid charges for a scheduled appointment.
Participating Insurance companies: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network, Magellan, Value Options, Aetna, Cofinity, United Health Care, and several others.
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Ralph Keith, Ph.D.,
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Northville, MI 48167