I have a passion for bringing attention to the importance of satisfying relationships, authentic living, self-acceptance, creativity, and joy.
Couples, Families, and Relationships
Intimacy / Communication / Context / Sex / Validation / Empathy / Understanding / Value / Meaning / Connection
I have over a decade of experience in conceptualizing and treating struggling interpersonal and intimate relationships. Through a honed lens of social constructionism, I focus on understanding and meeting the unique needs, meanings, and values of each relationship. Every relationship is unlike any other. This stance promotes authentic curiosity and explores how we make meaning together. Meaning and action are closely interwoven in our relationships, and each member of the relational context influences the culture and landscape of the interpersonal experiences within. In therapy, we collaborate in creating a new way of relating that allows the rediscovery of empathy for each other in these contexts, and resolves troubling patterns of communication and differences in expectations that negatively impact understanding, connection, and value.
Diversity and Diverse Relationships
LGBTQIA+ / Non-traditional identity / Sexuality / Open Relationships / Polyamory / Kink & BDSM / Cultural competency / Strength / Unique
In order to strengthen and repair ourselves and our relationships it is necessary to create emotional safety and understanding. I have been privileged to work with a diverse group of former clients, and have the cultural competency to assist clients in navigating the often complex nuances of their backgrounds. Cultural competence stems from building connection upon understanding your experience and your identities. I bring evidence-based practices and a natural openness and curiosity in combination with a deep understanding of the social contexts surrounding you and your identities. We will seamlessly address your unique challenges and experiences while molding strategies to your individual needs.
Anxiety / Depression / Life Transitions / Burnout / Trauma / Creativity / Identity / Motivation / Self & other / Negative self-talk
We can’t avoid negative emotions like sadness, fear, worthlessness, and worry. Avoidance is not a goal. So, eventually they catch up with us. We can't avoid having thoughts and looking for meaning behind what we do and experience - we are human. My integrative approach is informed by current findings in the fields of psychology and neuroscience, allowing me to provide you with the most up-to-date, informed, and effective care. As with all emotions, occasional sadness and anxiety are normal life experiences. However, when mood and anxiety issues interfere with your ability to enjoy life, or get in the way of your goals, it is time to seek help. My expertise is in time-limited, evidence-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies (CBT) and the Unified Protocol for emotional disorders. CBT is designed to help individuals notice and shift their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in order to find relief from symptoms related to anxiety, depression, and other psychopathology. Third wave CBT (like Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness based interventions) focuses on behavioral processes like developing healthy ways to cope with stress, emotions, and complicated relationships. Mindfulness interventions promote the profound experience of living in the present moment with your thoughts and feelings-- authentically, and nonjudgmentally.
Coping / Support / Resilience / Interpersonal / Safety / Trust / Hope / Impact / Minority stress / Stigma / Shame / Numbness
Making sense of trauma, and the impact of trauma, can be accompanied by the fear that you will never be able to overcome the distress you feel when you remember the experience or when those intrusive nightmares, flashbacks, and/or negative thoughts come crashing into your awareness. Through trauma-focused therapy we reclaim confidence, hopefulness, intimacy, safety, self-esteem, and trust. I have specific expertise in treating trauma symptoms related to sexual assault, intimate partner violence and emotional abuse, military sexual trauma (MST), childhood and complex sexual trauma, and combat trauma experienced by Veterans. These experiences can impact physical health, and daily life. I also have years of focused experience providing trauma-focused care to the LGBTQIA+ community that addresses the impact of minority stress processes, stigma, prejudice, discrimination, and limited social supports.
“[Ingrid displays] a remarkable, almost innate, grasp of the issues affecting the sexual minority men on the treatment we provided. She conceptualized her cases from complex intersectional lenses that acknowledged cultural influences on mental health…”
John Pachankis, 2018
Private Practice and Owner, Relational Alchemy, Los Angeles, California
Staff Psychologist, Greater Los Angeles VA Health System, Los Angeles, California
Postdoctoral Fellow, Family Mental Health Program, VA San Diego Health Care System/University of California, San Diego, California
Predoctoral Intern, VA Maryland Health Care System/University of Maryland School of Medicine Psychology Internship Consortium, Baltimore, Maryland
Extern, Yale School of Public Health, Effective Skills to Empower Effective Men (ESTEEM) Project, New York, New York Supervisor: John Pachankis, Ph.D.
Extern, Relationship and Forensic Assessment Clinic, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York Supervisor: Dr. K. Daniel O'Leary
Extern, NuHealth’s Therapy Center for Children, Adolescents & Families, Nassau University Medical Center, Hempstead, New York
Intern, Saltzman Center, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
Doctor of Philosophy and Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Stony Brook University (State University of New York), Stony Brook, New York
Mentor: K. Daniel O’Leary, Ph.D.
Masters Thesis Advisors: K. Daniel O’Leary, Ph.D., & Nicholas R. Eaton, Ph.D.
Masters of Arts (with Distinction) in Marriage and Family Therapy, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience concertation) and Post-Baccalaureate premedical program, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania