Maggie  Ritnour

Maggie Ritnour

Board-Certified Registered Art Therapist, ATR-BC

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments (updated October 11, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss and grief
  • Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RODBT)

Professional statement

Maggie Ritnour is an art therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY who specializes in disordered eating, trauma, and maladaptive coping. Many of her clients are looking to improve their relationship with food, their bodies, and themselves as a whole.

Maggie utilizes a collaborative and team-oriented approach rooted in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RODBT). She works with her clients to explore the coping mechanisms they developed earlier in their lives and helps them cultivate alternative coping strategies, including meditation and breathing exercises. She takes a holistic approach that incorporates the mind and body and frequently works with psychiatrists, MDs, nutritionists, dietitians, and gynecologists to ensure all of her client’s needs are being met.

Maggie also helps individuals better understand their behavior and thought patterns and how these inform their worldview. When appropriate, Maggie utilizes art therapy to help her clients better visualize these patterns.

Maggie works with clients to establish a rapport and a sense of safety and trust. She offers a non-judgmental space where individuals feel comfortable discussing their most inner thoughts. She looks forward to meeting you and helping you on your journey towards healing.


Message to clients

Looking for a therapist can be an exhausting process! Please know it is worth it. Finding someone who gets you and is a solid, supportive place to begin to unpack the baggage of life's experiences is essential to the process of healing and transformation.


Specialties

Eating disorders - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating

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

Loss and grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RODBT) - Skills training to enhance emotional expression, increase flexibility, strengthen relationships, and boost self-esteem


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $250 (60min)
  • Initial session: $250 (60min)

Therapist's note

Maggie can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Location(s)

792 Union Street

2nd Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Thu 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Sat 11:00am-5:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2015 - Present

BALANCE Eating Disorder Treatment Center, 2016 - Present

Counseling in Schools, 2013 - 2015

Opal: Food + Body Wisdom, 2012 - 2013

Auburn Regional Medical Center, 2009 - 2012

Navos Psychiatric Hospital, 2008 - 2009

Antioch University Seattle, MA in Psychology, 2009

School of Visual Arts, BFA


Languages

  • English

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