Maggie  Ritnour

Maggie Ritnour

Board-Certified Registered Art Therapist, ATR-BC Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, CEDS Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Not accepting new clients in Park Slope practice (updated July 08, 2020)


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




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Cigna
  • NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO)

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)

Remote video therapy sessions offered? No

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.

Maggie  Ritnour
Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Class (Virtual)

This virtual 30-week group helps clients struggling with over-control and perfectionism live a more flexible and intuitive life through the development of Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO DBT) skills.


Professional endorsements

"I have seen Maggie in action interacting with clients individually and in group settings where she provides exceptional counseling and elicits positive change from others. Maggie consistently delivers high-quality work, is prepared for difficult situations, and collaborates well with other providers. She is a leader and has had numerous experiences to demonstrate her skills in many levels of care such as day treatment, intensive outpatient, and outpatient care. Maggie is passionate about her chosen profession. She is the type of individual who goes out of her way to learn more in the eating disorder field."

- Kayla Jessop, RDN, CDN, CEDRD-S • December 2019

"Maggie Ritnour provides a therapeutic space that is able to access what words cannot. This is especially important for survivors of trauma. Maggie’s empathy, consistency, and genuine care for her clients make her one of the more authentically engaged clinicians I know. Her commitment to this work is unmatched, as she is always staying abreast of the current research in the field by attending conferences and trainings."

- Liz Carrara, MS, RDN, CDN • December 2019

"I’ve collaborated with a lot of therapists, and Maggie is hands down one of the most gifted therapists I know. She has a way of making clients feel safe while gently challenging them. She thoughtfully uses art-making to expand the therapeutic process, creating openings for growth where there may have seemed like none before. She’s careful about the impact of her words. She is always learning and on top of the latest research in the field. She’s playful, authentic and a holder of hope. I’ve witnessed the incredible transformation of our clients under her care. I’m grateful to have Maggie as one of my most trusted referral sources."

- Lindsay Krasna, MA, EdM, RD, CEDRD-S • December 2019