Rashida Ingram Spence, Ph.D
Hello! I am so glad that you are here and I am excited for your journey.
I am Rashida Ingram Spence, Ph.D., founder of Innergy Connections and The Pennsylvania e-Institute for Couple and Family Therapy, Research and Supervision, private online wellness, and consultation centers dedicated to helping individuals, and couples’ who are stuck, or feeling stressed out in their life, relationships, or careers, become more grounded, satisfied, and confident. At Innergy Connections we offer a safe space for self-discovery, interpersonal skill development, and authentic self-expression in order to get what you want and cultivate the relationships you need. My approach enables clients to think critically and compassionately about themselves by reflecting on life experiences to gain an understanding of their current needs to restore peace so that they are able to live a vibrant and fulfilling life. The process of self-discovery involves reflection, psycho-education, introspection, and personal accountability. Individuals and couples learn to understand the creative force of their Innergy and ways to leverage it as a tool to manifest their best life instead of existing in best-case circumstances.
From 2006 to 2019, I worked for the Philadelphia Prison System as a Social Work Supervisor. My time within the prison system has afforded me the opportunity to speak out on issues related to the mass incarceration of Black and Brown people, juveniles, and women. As a result of the intense work with incarcerated juveniles, I was motivated to pursue a career as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I graduated from Capella University with a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2011. Currently, I am a certified Life Coach, COO of The I AM Retreat Experience, as well as a Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Candidate at Antioch University, New England. I continue to own and operate Innergy Connections Wellness & Consultation Center, LLC.
As a Marriage & Family Therapist, I am trained in psychotherapy, family systems, EMDR, and The Gottman Method (L1). My approach focuses on the individual and their role within primary relationship interactions, such as parent-child relationships, couples, co-parent partnerships, and families. I use a systems approach to assist my client’s as they heal and resolve past and present issues that felt heavy and unsolvable, clearing a path for future success and personal growth.
Antioch University, Couple and Family Therapy Doctoral Program, 2021
My research focus is based on the development of a couple’s therapy model to strengthen communication and connection through self-awareness, purpose, and shared meaning.
Currently, I have more than 3800 post-graduate supervised clinical hours, which is well beyond the required hours needed to take the MFT licensing exam. Although I have decided not to take a statewide exam at this time due to extensive international travel, I follow the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists’ ethical guidelines for practice. I maintain weekly supervision and consultation with an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, as I am also an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.
Antioch University, Doctorate of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy 2021
- Northcentral University, Post-Masters Certificate Marriage and Family Therapy, 2018
- Capella University, Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, 2010
- Temple University, Bachelor of Arts Psychology, 2000
- Walter Lowe, Ph.D., LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Treatment Modalities & Specialized Training
- Advanced training for Grief and Loss
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma, anxiety, grief, life transitions, and abrupt adjustments.
- Trained Gottman Therapist Level I
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Satir Family Therapy
- Integrative Couples Therapy
- Prepare ENRICH Facilitator