Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC, Ed.D.
Accepting new clients
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
LGBTQ and sexuality topics
Joan Ingalls is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Greenwich Village, NYC. New York. The majority of her clients are young professionals who are navigating struggling with work challenges and/or navigating life transitions, like living in New York City, living on their own for the first time, managing their own finances for the first time, having their first job, or being in their first serious relationship. She also specializes in performance and sports counseling and has extensive experience in facilitating creative and group work.
Joan is primarily a group therapist, and often the clients who come to her for individual therapy eventually transition into one of her therapeutic groups. Her therapeutic approach is eclectic and improvisational, and she works with clients to create a collaborative relationship focused on growth and a better understanding of their interconnected issues. She describes her style as conversational, collaborative and direct
With over three decades of experience, Joan is passionate about the work she does, and she loves helping clients grow emotionally and love the life they have. In addition to being an LMHC, Joan holds a doctorate in sports and performance counseling.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Peak performance – Addressing mental barriers to realizing full potential; overcoming performance anxiety and self-doubt to reach personal and professional goals
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
LGBTQ and sexuality topics – Exploring questions related to sexuality and gender identity; coming out or being closeted; relationships; family and cultural challenges
Career counseling – Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Sports psychology – Navigating mental roadblocks to physical goals; optimizing personal and team performances
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Brighton Health Plan / MagnaCare
Therapist’s note: Joan is accepting clients using listed insurances, paying listed fees, or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than Cigna.
Ongoing sessions: $175/session (60min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $75 - $175 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Joan can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“What to do? Why therapy?
Do you want to feel less depressed, get relief from anxiety, create better relationships or find a more satisfying job–overall seek joy in your life—but don’t know how? The good news is you don’t have to know; we can discover how together.
I help people with difficult, painful life issues. But dealing with your problems is just the beginning. I am committed to emotional growth and development which goes beyond problem solving. It doesn’t matter whether you have an eating disorder or stage fright, or you’re a manic-depressive, obsessive-compulsive or an addict; it doesn’t matter whether, to your dismay, you find yourself married to a ‘stranger,’ or suffering the indignities of the ’boss from hell,’ you can grow.
In a supportive and challenging environment we improvise, create and perform being
both who we are and who we are becoming.
growing emotionally all our lives.
learning to fully listen to others and create our relationships.”
Education and work experience
Private practice, 1986 - Present