Dr. Mitch Keil,Keil Psych Group

Dr. Mitch Keil,Keil Psych Group

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Professions: Psychotherapist, Clinical Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Psychologist - PSY29644
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I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

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260 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, California 92660

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My Approach to Helping

The psychologists at Keil Psych Group specialize in treating anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, and relationship issues.

Our goal since the moment we gasp our first breath is to connect and attach to the people waiting to care for us. We are quite literally born into relationships and we depend upon those relationships for survival. As infants, we learn very quickly what causes our caregivers to withdraw or worse get upset, even slightly, and we will disavow or bury whatever makes them anxious and acquire what we intuit they desire. We also internalize what goes on between our caregivers, the whole scene in the sponge-like manner only observed in children. As our inborn temperaments and genetic predispositions meet this overwhelming, complex interpersonal world our personalities, our "character habits", our "defensive armor" begin to emerge and form. Out of these adaptive patterns, entirely unchosen, we begin to call ourselves a "me" and attribute these learnings, preferences, proclivities, likes and dislikes to that idea of "self."

After all of that hard work, we don't seem to go out and re-invent the interpersonal map again. No, no - that would be far too much work. Could you imagine having to figure out how to be in relationship with each individual person over and over again? We'd never learn how to surf, or work, or play the harmonica. Each person we meet for the first time truly isn't "new", we see them through the lens and template of our early relationships. Later, we go and find those that our conditioned style works with - our complimentary "other half". We play our mother, our father, our childhood self in our adult relationships. Sometimes this model is totally functional and leads to a fulfilling, sound emotional life and relationships - other times it causes us a certain kind of pain, anxiety, or depression we cant seem to get away from. We ask "Why am I always so lonely?" "Why can I never get what I want out of life?
"Why do I always find the same person again and again!?", "Why can't I get rid of this anxiety?", "Why can't I ever be heard!?", or "Why does no one ever reciprocate my needs?" You see, we don't turn 18 and suddenly drop all of our hard earned relational skills. We recreate the familiar without knowing - that's home, that's us, for better or worse.

As adults, we use our relationships to try and go back and regain some lost part of ourselves - to attain mastery over a frightening or vulnerable childhood scenario, to recreate familiar self-blame (and false power) in order to scathe off the terror of depending on someone undependable, or to seek nurturance from someone strikingly similar to an important early figure. Sometimes we succeed and a healthy relationship is entirely healing (but often less exciting than a reenactment), however, most of the time we try and get what we couldn't from a different person with the same limitations. It's all so unconscious. Somewhere deep in our mind, we know how that dance goes and we prefer the familiar misery to the misery of unfamiliar insecurity.

To get through unscathed is not possible, and there is no guilt or blame needed, this is important- it is simply hardwired into the journey of being human. Suffering is part of living and perfection is not possible - hence the famous psychologist DW Winnicott's revised standard of the "good enough" parent . There's no one to blame. Less conscious parents often blindly pass on their own trauma's, or in an attempt to repair their childhood wounds pass on a new but eerily similar disappointment or hurt. Therapy offers a unique environment in which this can be understood, learned, and worked through. Couples who enter my practice learn to heal each other with these insights and take care of each others pasts, wounds, and hopes. This is often the basis of intimacy and the transformative, healing power of a real marriage or partnership. A healthy therapeutic relationship changes these implicit models for the individual. It offers a path to reclaiming lost feeling, lost self, and profound self-awareness - giving us a key to the door into the small bit of free will we might actually have. It is a path where important new skills are learned and the unhealthy, confusing, relationship distancing repertoire of skills acquired early on in life can be slowly let go in exchange for a better way of being in the world. Therapy is the safe place to explore and begin anew.

The "symptoms" that result from this take many shapes and forms - anxiety, depression, loneliness, panic, dissociation - on and on. As a result, therapy can help people to break free from all of these ails. The sign of successful therapy is the removal of self-defeating patterns and making extinct the habits that numb one from experiencing life fully. At the end of therapy, people often report gaining a better understanding of how to take care of themselves and communicate authentically, they feel more comfortable in their skin and bring a new depth and openness to their emotional lives and relationships. Therapy helps people heal and increases self-awareness, insight, and confidence. They come out more mindful, present, and experience a profound shift in the way they relate to their thoughts and emotions. The hallmark sign of good therapy is that you can eventually let go and dialogue with yourself in the similar ways you did with your therapist in sessions. This is not an exhaustive list.

Helping people as a psychologist is my soul's work and purpose. I am a lifelong learner and practitioner. I am passionate about mental health, philosophy, psychology and care deeply for the people I work with. I am eager to meet you, learn about your unique circumstances, and provide the professional assistance you seek.

In terms of who we see, we work primarily with adults, young adults, and teens. We specialize in helping individuals with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, addiction, and trauma. Our therapeutic approach is systemic, psychodynamic, and mindfulness guides our awareness and interventions. We like to help the people gain clarity, grow in knowledge, live presently, authentically, and develop the skills they need to overcome their particular challenges. We would be honored to walk with you on your journey to healing, growth, and happiness. If you have made it this far, thanks for giving this a read! I wrote from the heart and through my own work, training, and understanding.

More Info About My Practice

My private practice is located in Newport Beach, CA and I work with people in the Orange County area including Irvine, Costa Mesa, Corona Del Mar, Laguna, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Orange, Tustin etc. I am a psychologist, therapist, and counselor for those seeking treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, relationship issues, and addictive disorders. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, I would love to get to know you, hear your story, and find out together if we would be a good fit. I look forward to meeting you.

What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process

First and foremost, you can expect to be heard and understood on a deep level. The beginning of therapy always consists of developing meaningful, accurate and insightful understandings of the current issues you are facing. This may take some time, as we are profoundly wedded to and soothed by the power of the familiar. Even if it's good, what is new can be difficult. As an active, involved therapist, my goal is to help you look at your life more clearly, to see how coping patterns and styles of relating to yourself and others were once exactly what you needed in order to survive, but these now hold you back from your present life. Your basic personality will not change, but small, yet extremely meaningful modifications can create an entirely different life without having to create an entirely different person. Getting better, regardless of diagnosis, centers on finding your inner voice, gut reactions, and then learning to follow them in a constructive way.

In the course of therapy, you can expect to learn some new tools and skills. This often includes developing language to better describe your inner world, finding healthier boundaries in relationships, learning to trust your intuition and communicating more effectively with the important people in your life. I find that most pathology ends up being expressed through denying one's own perceptions, needs, and feelings. In other words, people come out better equipped to say what they feel and feel what they say. They report that they know themselves more fully, and utilizing their insights and self-discovery are able to better navigate life's challenges. They are able to embrace the risk of being all that they are and find enjoyment in love, work, and play.

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Services I Provide

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Depression, Anxiety, Relationship Issues, Trauma and PTSD, Grief and Loss, Adults, Young Adults, Adolescents

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Individuation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Shame
  • Stress
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

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