Sharon Ing, President and CEO
Sharon Burnside Ing is the CEO for Ing Consulting and Ing Intellectual. She has managed Steven Ing’s counseling practice since 1998 and acts as a liaison between Steven, his clients and the community. Although she has a Bachelor of Arts degree in multiple-subject teaching from California State University, Northridge, her entrepreneurial nature won out. Rather than teaching elementary school, she has run her own businesses while cultivating her ongoing passion for education. She has taught HIV-prevention classes for at-risk populations and has served on the Washoe County School District Sex Education Advisory Committee.
“My interest in human sexuality was initially a romantic one. As a young person, I had a favorite TV show, and I loved how the husband and wife were equal partners in their work and so clearly crazy about each other. They would end the day debriefing in a bubble bath or over a glass of champagne, and then fade to black; it was a powerful, early template for me.
In the naïve characteristic of my first marriage (from age 19-29),I was surprised to discover that love is not all you need. How could I have signed on the dotted line to someone with whom I was so utterly sexually incompatible? Following my divorce, I took a good hard look in the mirror — and got a little therapy, too. I felt confident that I had the goods to bring my 50 percent of what it takes to build an epic romance if I got smart about mate selection. I wanted to partner up with a person who had the same relationship goals and who would bring his 50 percent to meet mine. Today I’ve been enjoying an intimate business and romantic partnership with Steven Ing for more than two decades.
Along the way, I’ve learned that relationship success needn’t be an elusive, nebulous goal.”
Tory Clark, Therapist
Dr. Jim Studer
For Dr. Jim Studer, psychotherapy is a natural progression from his first career: He worked as a teacher and school administrator, retiring after a successful 27 years of dedication to students and staff. During that phase of his career, he worked with virtually all manner of special education populations including students with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), those born with autism and those impacted by personal trauma. He holds a Master of Arts in Counseling and Educational Psychology and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership.
In more recent years, he pursued training to facilitate licensure as a Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT).
Jim also consults with school districts that are seeking help with those students who have significant behavior concerns related to FASD, autism or other disabilities. He spent years as a therapist working with children and adolescents from ages 5 to 17.
Working with Ing Counseling, Jim provides therapy to children and adults with a wide range of problems, including a variety of mental health problems and relationship issues. He works with individuals, families and groups to promote behavioral health.
“My interest in therapy began as I worked with children, families and adults in the education setting. I recognized the importance of each person’s story and the importance of hearing and understanding these stories. I believe good therapy can restore the honor and respect every individual deserves.”
Rafael Mariano, Attorney
Attorney Rafael Mariano specializes in civil litigation and workers compensation. After working for years as a lawyer in Brazil, he relocated to practice in the United States.
Rafael received his law degree from the Catholic University of Santos School of Law in 2002, with his thesis in international law. He also completed a postgraduate Iato sensu in labor law at the same university.
He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
In 2012, with the help of Professor David B. Wilkins from Harvard Law School, Dean Frank D. Durand from William S. Boyd School of Law and the State Bar of Nevada, Rafael's Brazilian education was certified as equivalent to that of American Bar Association accredited law schools.
He joined Ing Counseling in 2017 in order to provide counsel on the legal issues of our consulting work regarding sexual harassment policy development, based on the notion of embracing — rather than repressing — human sexuality. His work ensures that our consulting efforts, which look to teach the intelligent management of sexuality, also conform to the legal standards of a given jurisdiction.
“Since the beginning of my career, I made a decision to focus on helping and protecting the ‘little guy’ against the system. Over the years, my desire to help the less fortunate transformed into a passion for people and the law's role in helping me improve people’s lives.”
Bella Ing, Therapy Hound
Bella Ing has worked as the primary therapy hound for Ing Counseling since 2014 when she came from Spain to join the practice. A prominent member of the Galgo Español family, this four-legged talent was discovered by our preferred headhunting agency, Sighthound Underground. Since her arrival at the practice, she has logged thousands of hours of clinical contact.
"My interest in humans has literally been bred into me as my species has been working alongside the human race for many thousands of years. I know from personal experience that your species is capable of greatness and of great cruelty just as I know that good counseling can make the difference! Helping you people sort through your many issues, especially those having to do with your sexuality, is hard work but extremely gratifying. I share this because many have mistaken my relaxed, even somnolent appearance for disinterest. Nothing could be further from the truth as I am simply taking advantage of my species' empathy for yours and reverse engineering so that Mr. Ing's clients can feel safe and begin to think clearly about matters that they formerly felt were utterly confusing. I think we're all making a great deal of meaningful progress."