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 afternoon appointments in Park Slope practice (updated December 02, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-esteem
  • Life transitions
  • Relationships
  • Trauma
  • Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RODBT)

Professional statement

Maggie Ritnour is an art therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor with an office in Brooklyn’s Park Slope. She welcomes a wide range of clients to her practice, many of whom are experiencing anxiety and depression, especially when it’s related to a major life transition or moment of change, such as a new job, move to the city, or end of a relationship. An eating disorder specialist, Maggie also has deep expertise in supporting clients to improve their relationships with food, their body, and inner self.

Maggie utilizes a collaborative and team-oriented approach rooted in Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RODBT), a skills-based treatment modality that enhances emotional expression and flexibility. She takes a holistic view of wellness, welcoming in both the mind and body, and helps clients to cultivate alternative coping strategies, including meditation and breathing exercises.

As an art therapist, Maggie can also help clients learn to communicate and understand their emotions through expressive means. By looking for patterns in behavior and thoughts, Maggie helps her clients open up the freedom to view themselves differently and make conscious decisions about their relationships and their future.

Maggie welcomes clients from all backgrounds, and is sensitive to the role of race, class, gender, and sexuality on lived experience. She offers a safe, 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

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

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

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

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

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

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)

Park Slope practice

792 Union Street

2nd Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11215

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

Therapy Groups

Maggie  Ritnour
Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) Skills Class

This weekly group offers the skills for individuals with perfectionism and excessive self-control to live a more flexible life by utilizing Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) concepts.

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