“Reaching out for help can be stressful and anxiety-provoking, but I guarantee your recovery and wellbeing will be my top priority.”
It is unrealistic to believe our brains, as complex as they are, can be “recovered” with medication alone. For some mental disorders, medication is essential to recovery. But for most mental disorders, long term recovery requires more than just medication. Our relationships, our work, our home life, our hobbies, our financial stability, and our sociocultural milieu directly and indirectly influence our individual biology (i.e., genetics, metabolism, medical problems, etc.). And vice versa.
Our basic human needs such as adequate sleep, a well-balanced diet, physical activity, and healthy relationships are the foundations for building resilience and strength both mentally and physically. Therefore, I believe in a holistic approach to recovery by investigating the biomedical (i.e., biological) and psychosocial (i.e., environmental) factors that contribute to our health and wellbeing.
Our relationships (both with others and with ourselves), our financial security, our housing stability, our work, our academic achievements, and our traumatic experiences are just a few of the numerous psychosocial factors that influence our wellbeing.
Many biomedical factors can cause or exacerbate mental suffering. Some of the most common factors that may need investigating include thyroid problems, electrolyte imbalances, anemia, diabetes, cardiac disease, autoimmune disease, head injury, infection, substance abuse, sleep apnea, polypharmacy, neurological disease, and vitamin deficiencies. Pharmacogenomic testing (genetic testing) is also available.
Your comfort and wellbeing are my top priorities. Your first visit will include a thorough diagnostic evaluation, a discussion of your goals, and formulation of a comprehensive treatment plan just for you. We will work together to set up future visits based on your needs and preferences.
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Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry is a subspecialty of psychiatry that aims to bridge the gap between our mental and physical health.
Many medical conditions and the medications used to treat them can have devastating consequences on our mental health. In fact, many neurological disorders present with psychiatric symptoms such as anxiety and depression before neurological symptoms surface. Alternatively, many psychiatric disorders and the medications used to treat them can have devastating consequences on our physical health.
Consultation-Liaison (C-L) Psychiatry, formerly psychosomatic medicine, is a subspecialty of psychiatry aiming to bridge the gap between physical and mental health care. C-L psychiatrists work in a variety of settings, both inpatient and outpatient, collaborating with providers from other medical disciplines to provide integrated mental health care for medically and surgically ill patients. The psychiatric consultant must have clinical competency in the physical and neurological disorders that often lead to abnormal emotional states and behaviors. In addition, a competent consultant is a good diagnostician with an ability to supervise and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team, offering the most up-to-date and evidence-based recommendations on psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions. In addition, the consultant is well informed about federal, state, and regional medicolegal aspects of psychiatric and medical care.
C-L Psychiatrists have additional expertise in a variety of medically and neurologically informed psychiatric disciplines including, but not limited to, HIV Psychiatry, Psycho-oncology, Addiction Medicine, Transplant Psychiatry, Perinatal Psychiatry, Traumatic Brain Injury, Behavioral Neurology, and Neuropsychiatry.
Dr. Ingram provides comprehensive evaluations and treatments for the following conditions:
No, Dr. Ingram does not accept insurance at this time.
Dr. Ingram’s private practice includes both office-based and telepsychiatry services. Dr. Ingram’s offices are located in beautiful West Hollywood, California near Melrose Place and Larchmont Village.
“Telemedicine in psychiatry [telepsychiatry], using video conferencing, is a validated and effective practice of medicine that increases access to care. The American Psychiatric Association supports the use of telemedicine as a legitimate component of a mental health delivery system to the extent that its use is for the benefit of the patient, protects patient autonomy, confidentiality, and privacy; and when used consistent with APA policies on medical ethics and applicable governing law.” – American Psychiatric Association
For more information about Telepsychiatry, visit the American Psychiatric Association (APA) website by clicking the link below:
We take your privacy seriously. All Telepsychiatry services are provided through Doxy.me, a secure HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. No account needed. If you already have a telepsychiatry appointment, click here to enter Dr. Ingram’s Virtual Waiting Room.
Yes, Dr. Ingram has an up-to-date DEA License and is able to prescribe all psychiatric medications if clinically indicated based on a thorough psychiatric evaluation.
Dr. Ingram uses HIPAA compliant electronic prescribing software and is able to prescribe to most pharmacies. If a requested pharmacy does not accept electronic prescriptions through this software and a medication is NOT a controlled medication, Dr. Ingram will work with your requested pharmacy to best meet your needs.
No medication will be prescribed until payment has been received.
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Let’s work together to create a treatment plan just for you!
Modern neuroscience is just beginning to explain the complex mechanisms that relate our emotional and physical health. What we know is that the mind and the body are not separate entities. An important goal in our recovery from mental suffering is an awareness of, and appreciation for, our own bodies. Many mental health problems result from the protective defenses we put up to avoid uncomfortable sensations within our bodies. Some of us use “numbing” to protect against these stressful feelings while others use self-harm, anger and aggression. Others may swing back and forth from one to the other.
Over time, this causes us to dissociate or disintegrate from our bodily sensations. With no avenue to express ourselves, our bodies manifest our emotions through physical symptoms like fatigue, chronic pain, or headaches to name a few. Being stuck in our minds may be our way of protecting ourselves. That is, we begin believing that if we can think about it long enough or worry about it intensely enough, then maybe we can regain the control we so desperately seek. The dissociation occurs as we spin on the hamster wheel of worrying and it protects us from the frightening bodily sensations that overwhelm us. So, we avoid them. And in doing so, we slowly lose the mind-body connection that is so essential to our sense of “self.” We become disintegrated.
For many of us, our sense of “self” has been lost. Most therapy modalities are talk-therapies because finding the words to describe our feelings can be an essential part of healing. But it may not be enough to fully integrate ourselves. This is evident by the comment I hear frequently in my private practice:
“I understand it, but I don’t really feel it.”
Therefore, yoga, meditation, martial arts, breathing exercises, and other “mind-body integration techniques” are essential components to recovery so we can become comfortable in our bodies again.