Who am I ?

Ingrid Richaud, psychologue clinicienne

As a clinical psychologist, I study human behavior, thoughts and emotions so I can help my patients better understand and change what generates and maintains inner suffering and/or distress.

In the therapy room, I put a special emphasis on creating a conducive space for self-discovery so my patients can safely explore the richness and depth of their emotions and inner world. One of the aspects I most appreciate about my sessions with patients is working on creating new perspectives that will best suit the reality in which they choose to live. I believe that perspective shape reality. This is why questioning perspectives, especially those that keep us stuck in a rut, can be so liberating and rewarding.

My formal training, professors and mentors, as well as travels and experiences abroad have made me a psychologist who is particularly sensitive to the influence of the environment (with its norms and belief systems) on psychological well-being. Being of French and American descent, fluent in both languages, I was fortunate to study Psychology, with a minor in Science, Health and Values, in New York State (Wells College). During and after those four years of university, my curiosity for more experience and discoveries drove me to continue exploring parts of the world. In some places I ended up working and living awhile, learning their language (Spanish), and adapting to their cultural norms and belief systems. Despite the years, I have not forgotten how much language and culture shape our understanding of the world and way of thinking.

More than ever, deepening my knowledge of psychology felt indispensable. This is when I decided to pursue my education, while returning closer to my country, with a Master’s degree in Psychological Sciences *, at UCLouvain in Belgium. On top of my cognitive and behavioral therapy training (CBT), I took a particular interest in systemic psychotherapy. I am currently enrolled in a 4-year post-training program, to become a systemic psychotherapist. The systemic approach examines the influence of the environment on people, and conversely, the influence of people on their environment. The environment includes family relationships, the couple, friendships, work, etc.

Part of my practice is also devoted to helping people with eating disorders (bulimia with or without purging, anorexia, compulsive overeating) or more generally, with a difficult relationship to food and/or their image (body dissatisfaction, obsessive calorie control, excessive fear of gaining/losing weight). It was after the completion of a memorable internship that I discovered the Bio-Psycho-Sensorial approach ** and decided to incorporate it into my practice. Unlike dieting, this approach offers a healthy alternative, respecting both the mind and the body, for people with a painful relationship to food (more information here)).

* During my Master’s Degree, I mainly studied CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and was particularly inspired by ACT (Acceptance and Engagement Therapy). These psychological models are science-based, and offer many tools to facilitate emotional acceptance, as in Mindfulness, but with an emphasis on meaning and concrete action.

** The Bio-Psycho-Sensorial approach was developed by the G.R.O.S. (Obesity and Overweight Focus Group), based in Paris. The main goal is to help people regain a feeling of freedom in relation to food, while reestablishing a « healthy » weight, without dieting.

Continued training and education :

Systemic Family Psychotherapy by CEFORES, Centre Chapelles-aux-Champs

4 year Post-Graduate Training (current training)Logo UCL Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve

Post-traumatic stress disorder and Complicated Grief by Christophe Herbert

January 2019FormationsPsy

Burn-out Syndrome by Professor Jacques de Mol

January 2019FormationsPsy

MBSR (Mindfulness based Stress Reduction)

8 week cycle with Doctor Bernadette Dupuis

April 2018- June 2018

Malignant Narcissist and his accomplice by Alberto Eiguer FormationsPsy

May 2018

Regular Trainings in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Since 2015

Logo Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

ACTiff, Licence 82691122869

What prevents me from acting ?Logo CentrEmergences Centre de développement personnel et coaching louvain-la-neuve

Centre Emergence de Louvain-La-Neuve

September 2015

Conflict Management and Non Violent CommunicationLogo Univers Santé de l'UCL

Univers Santé, UCL

November 2014

The key tools to leading a happier lifeLogo UCL Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve

UCL

2012

SAVAR (Sexual Assault Victims Advocate Ressource)Logo SAVAR Sexual Assault Victims Advocate Ressource

Cayuga Counseling Services

2009