Ingrid Maria Middleton is a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years experience treating individuals, couples and families using a combination of training in psychoanalytic, Gottman, and cognitive therapies. 
She graduated from Washington University with a Master’s in social work and family therapy and then earned a second Master’s in Media Arts and Communications from Webster University both in St. Louis. After working in the St. Louis University Medical School Outpatient Psychiatry Department she worked for the United States Marine Corps at Camp LeJeune In North Carolina. From there she moved to Utah and received another graduate degree in Anthropology at University of Utah Where is the minored in Evolutionary Psychology. She combines that education with a myriad of other training and experience in the medical field. Ingrid moved to the Washington DC area in August last year after living in Hawaii for 10 years where she worked as a medical social worker in a small island hospital in Kauai and then a major trauma hospital in Honolulu where she worked in the emergency department.

After years of seeing patients in private practice, She joined forces with several community based treatment teams also in Oahu and conducted seminars and educational groups with an EAP organization. Ingrid wrote a book after her daughter Catherine was born in 2000, called The Secret of Healing by Touch, which is being re-published this year with a New York publisher. She believes that mindfulness, meditation and compassion are the basis of any kind of therapeutic treatment and now teaches both. Ingrid always meets her patients with care that builds openness, safety and trust. 
She acquired a German Shepherd, Buddha, and after raising him from the age of eight weeks believes animals are keys to understanding patience, feeling joy and unconditional love.  She also conducts emotional support animal consultations and provides these services as needed.