MTI PSYCHIATRY

The Personalized Mental Health Care You Deserve

Top-Rated in Los Angeles

Michael T. Ingram, MD

“Reaching out for help can be stressful and anxiety-provoking, but I guarantee your recovery and wellbeing will be my top priority.”

My Philosophy

The human brain is one of the most complicated systems in the known universe. 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. Therefore, it would be unrealistic to believe that functional disorders of the brain can be managed only with medication.

For some mental disorders, medication is essential to recovery. But for most mental disorders, long term recovery requires more than medication.

Our relationships, our work, our home life, our hobbies, our financial stability, our spirituality, our upbringing, and our sociocultural milieu interact with our individual biology (i.e., genetics, physiology, and medical problems) in very complicated ways to create who we are. Our basic human needs such as adequate sleep, a well-balanced diet, physical activity, and meaningful relationships are the foundations for building resilience and strength mentally and physically.

Therefore, I believe in a holistic approach to recovery by investigating the biomedical and psychological (including spiritual) factors that contribute to our health and wellbeing.

Psychosocial Factors

Examples of psychosocial factors that influence our wellbeing include the meaningfulness of our relationships (both with others and with ourselves), our work, our beliefs, our financial stability, our home environment, our upbringing, our accomplishments, and our traumatic experiences.

Biomedical Factors

Examples of biomedical factors that may contribute to mental suffering include thyroid problems, electrolyte imbalances, anemia, chronic pain, diabetes, seizure disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, head injury, infection, inflammation, drug abuse, sleep apnea, polypharmacy, neurological diseases, vitamin deficiencies, and genetics.

Your First Visit

Your comfort and wellbeing are my top priorities. Your first visit will include a 75-90minute evaluation, a discussion of your goals, and formulation of a comprehensive treatment plan just for you. A comprehensive treatment plan may include a combination of lifestyle modifications, psychotherapy, ketamine infusion therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), supplements, and prescription medications. Lab testing, imaging studies, genetic testing, and additional referrals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

STATEMENT ON DIAGNOSES

Diagnoses in psychiatry were created to provide a common language for mental health professionals. However, there are many problems with our current diagnostic system:

   ♦ There is considerable overlap in symptoms between diagnoses

   ♦ Almost all diagnoses minimize the contribution of trauma, environmental stress, and adverse life events

   ♦ Drug intoxication and withdrawal states often mimic symptoms of many psychiatric diagnoses

   ♦ Our current categorical classification of mental disorders tells us little about the individual patient and what treatment they need.

A more practical and scientific approach is to identify symptom patterns that correspond to dysfunction in specific brain networks and circuitry. Therefore, treatment recommendations, although evidence-based, are largely informed by the proposed mechanism of action of psychotropic medications and their proposed effects in modulating neurochemistry in relevant brain regions, networks, and circuits.

While a thorough diagnostic evaluation at the initial consultation visit provides Dr. Ingram with enough information to make one or more “provisional” diagnoses, it is important to remember that accurate diagnoses in psychiatric medicine develop over time (i.e., weeks to months) as Dr. Ingram gets to know his patients and their behavioral patterns. When appropriate, diagnoses will be given but should be viewed as provisional and subject to change. That is, diagnoses can evolve and change over time as new symptoms and patterns emerge.

Dr. Ingram is primarily interested in your unique experience given that diagnoses do not adequately describe the complexity of a human being.

What Patients are Saying

Office Locations

West Hollywood

8271 Melrose Ave | Suite 110

Los Angeles, CA 90046
Wednesdays & Thursdays
8:30AM-6:00PM
Phone: (213) 277-8372
Fax: (475) 313-1260
Email: assistant@mtipsychiatry.com

Larchmont Village

627 N Larchmont Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90004
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays
8:30AM-6:00PM
Phone: (213) 277-8372
Fax: (475) 313-1260
Email: assistant@mtipsychiatry.com

Additional Services

Genetic Testing Available Upon Request

Dr. Ingram is a Genesight Provider. Send a sample by mail. Results in 48 hours. Accepted by most insurances

Ketamine Infusions & Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Dr. Steven Mandel is a pioneer in ketamine infusion therapy. Dr. Ingram works closely with Dr. Mandel and the team at KCLA.

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Dr. Ingram offers ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, a revolutionary new therapy for treatment-resistant depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety.

Resources for Providers

Courses

Try one of our online courses! Topics include interviewing, pharmacology, and starting a private practice!

Clinical Cheat Sheets

Cheat sheets, quick reference cards, and templates for mental health professionals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Ingram is double board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.

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. C-L Psychiatrists are competent diagnosticians 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. Lastly, C-L psychiatrists are 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:

  • Depressive Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Peripartum Psychiatric Disorders
  • Drug and Alcohol Use Disorders
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Psychiatric Disorders associated with HIV/AIDS
  • Catatonia
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Behavioral symptoms associated with Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington Disease
  • Neurocognitive Disorders (Dementia)
  • Neuropsychiatric symptoms due to medical conditions
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Schizophrenia

In order to provide the highest level of personalized treatment, Dr. Ingram does not accept insurance. He can provide you with a Super Bill, or receipt, that you may submit to your insurance for out-of-network reimbursement.

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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:

What is Telepsychiatry?

 

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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Yes. Please review the Payment Policy by clicking here.

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Dr. Ingram uses Luminello, a patient-friendly HIPAA compliant electronic medical record. With Luminello, patients can login, make appointments, request refills, cancel appointments, generate billing receipts, fill out forms, make payments, and contact Dr. Ingram directly. 

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Let’s work together to start the healing process.

CONTACT US

Phone: (213) 277-8372

Fax: (475) 313 – 1260

Email: assistant@mtipsychiatry.com

The Mind-Body Approach

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.

Have you read the Payment and Practice Policies?

Before requesting a consultation, please review Dr. Ingram’s rates and practice policies.
Initial Consultation: $1,000.00
Follow Ups: $275 – $500

TASK 6: THE VOICES

  • What was your internal dialogue like?
  • What were the voices in your head saying?
  • Were they mean? Were they positive or negative?
  • Describe what you noticed.

TASK 5: THE SOUND

TASK 4: THE SIGHT AND SMELL

TASK 3: THE TASTE

TASK 2: THE TALK

TASK 1: THE WALK