Recovering Spirituality

Achieving Emotional Sobriety in Your Spiritual Practice

Dr. Clayton (formerly Dr. Mathieu) has a diverse clinical background, which includes vast experience in the field of addiction and recovery. Recovering Spirituality is based on her research of spiritual bypass and it explores second-stage recovery and emotional sobriety.


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"Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself, and if I accept myself fully in the right way, I will already have surpassed myself."
~ Thomas Merton


Ingrid Clayton has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and a Master’s Degree in transpersonal psychology. She is currently in private practice as a Clinical Psychologist (PSY24799) in Los Angeles, CA where she specializes in treating adults and adolescents, utilizing a wide range of holistic orientations and techniques that can provide every client with an individualized experience.

Since 2004 she has been working in diverse clinical settings including inpatient and outpatient dual-diagnosis treatment centers for alcoholics, addicts, and their family members; a public school system working with children and their families; a counseling center devoted to low-cost therapy where she conducted individual, couples, and family therapy as well as group therapy for men and women mandated for domestic violence issues.

Ingrid’s expertise in addiction and recovery led her to conduct research and write a book on spiritual bypass in 12-Step recovery titled, Recovering Spirituality: Achieving Emotional Sobriety in your Spiritual Practice (Hazelden, 2011).

She additionally facilitates workshops related to Emotional Sobriety, writes a blog on this topic for Psychology Today and is a regular contributor to Positively Positive.