Christina Ingram, Ph.D.
Practicum Training Coordinator
- Ph.D., University of Memphis
- M.S., Central Washington University
- B.S., Pacific Lutheran University
License and Certification
- Licensed Psychologist, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, No. 37498
Approach to Therapy and Professional Interests
Theoretical Orientation: My approach to counseling is grounded in a multicultural and social justice framework. Specifically, I work from a humanistic-constructivist perspective with an emphasis on interpersonal-process and emotion-focused approaches. I am a person who enjoys being in relationship with people and enhancing connection. This translates into who I am as a professional as well as with who I am striving to be personally. In relationships, we find acceptance, identity, meaning, and connection. I believe that emotional growth stems from a secure, genuine and connected relationship, and therefore my work involves attending to and developing each therapeutic and supervisory connection. Areas of professional interest include: Identity development, diversity/multiculturalism, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, relationship issues, psychological assessment, and training/supervision.
Personal Statement on Diversity and Social Justice
With privilege comes the responsibility to use and share power in order to actively promote change in systems organized around privilege. I attempt to model transparency and talk about the nature of social justice work, aspects of power dynamics and politics, and voice how we show up differently in different contexts. I require of myself a commitment to work towards the recognition and elimination of prejudice and discrimination, especially those that have traditionally affected mental health practice. I serve as a co-chair to the Diversity Initiatives Committee with Dr. Iris Carrillo. The Committee is charged with the mission of educating the SCS staff toward the goal of increasing self-awareness regarding personal and systemic bias and privilege in order to provide appropriate and effective mental health services.
Approach to Supervision
In clinical supervision, I work to establish a trusting relationship that values the dignity of others, responsible caring, honesty, transparency, attentiveness, and responsiveness, as well as humility, flexibility, and professionalism. I utilize a developmental approach, while incorporating relational and feminist values. I see the supervisory relationship as promoting genuine connection and providing space for self-reflection, development, and learning. My goal is to empower and honor the most authentic parts of my supervisees, recognizing that authenticity is not perfect or safe, but it is real. This involves working to understand the different parts of them that make them who they really are and how they really feel. I encourage supervisees to take risks and lean into vulnerability as they develop their therapeutic voice. As a supervisor, I hold myself accountable to be open and vulnerable, just as I desire for my supervisees. When considering the inherent power dynamics in the supervisory relationship, I believe it is important to initiate conversations about diversity early in the relationship. This includes sharing about our racial and cultural identities from the beginning and examining the racial and cultural differences within the counseling triad. I cannot be an effective supervisor unless I am aware of my own worldview, biases, and assumptions and am willing to share my biases and personal limitations to supervisees as a way to model truthfulness and openness. This allows supervisees to bring their honesty into the conversation as well.
I feel very fortunate to have found a career that I love and that feeds my passion for learning and connecting with others. When away from the office, I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, reading, running, and eating Tex-Mex as often as possible.