Jody Ritter, Counselor in Warwick Rhode Island

Jody Ritter
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Accepting new clients (updated July 1, 2017)

Jody goes above and beyond for her clientele and her clientele are drawn to her for her exceptional personality, warm and caring nature and the ability to build a therapeutic rapport with each client and achieve positive results with each individual person "

- Stephanie A. Enos, CAGS, LMHC (2017)

Book an initial phone call

Chat briefly to ensure a good match before a full appointment. (Free)

1 Verify insurances & fees.

2 Book a phone call with Sammy, The Holistic Heart's office manager!

If you are a prospective client, please schedule a phone consult above. For other inquiries, you can email Jody here.

    About Jody

  • Expertise in anxiety, depression, trauma (sexual abuse, PTSD), anger management, grief and loss, self-esteem and resiliency building
  • Practices a holistic approach to therapy, combining elements of talk therapy, mindful movement, somatic awareness, guided imagery, expressive art, and expressive sound
  • Works with teenagers, young adults, college students, adults, parents, and older adults
  • Offers individual talk therapy, Tai Chi Chih, and breath work services

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Jody Ritter is a Mental Health Counselor at The Holistic Heart, a holistically-oriented group practice in Warwick, Rhode Island. Jody has particular expertise in anxiety, depression, trauma, anger management, grief and loss, and self-esteem and resiliency building. She has worked with many trauma survivors as a crime victims witness for a county attorney’s office, as well as the executive director of a crisis center.

Jody's personal philosophy is based on the core values of acceptance, respect, and understanding between herself and her clients. She practices an eclectic approach to therapy rooted in mindfulness and incorporates tools such as breath work, somatic awareness exercises, and guided imagery. Jody is also a certified Tai Chi Chih instructor, and offers this as a a separate service at The Holistic Heart.

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MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

"My goal is to help you or your loved ones navigate through your problems, learn how to live in the present, process unresolved feelings and learn ways to alleviate grief and fear. Together we will look at interventions that will work for you and help create more joy and peace in your life."

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Private Practice, 2017 - Present
Community Care Alliance, In-Home Therapist, 2007 - 2016
Lutheran Social Services, In-Home Therapist
Hand of Hope Resource Center, Coordinator of Child Witness to Domestic Violence Rural Grant
Listening Ear Crisis Center, Executive Director
Mahnomen County, Minnesota, Crime Victim Witness & Advocate

CAGS, 2015
Northeastern University, Counseling Psychology
North Dakota State University, M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, 1993
University of Minnesota, BS, 1989

specialties

SPECIALTIES

DEEP EXPERTISE AREAS

Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Life transitions – Adjusting to parenting, a new job, new environment, or any other situational or physical changes
Loss and grief – Life losses including relationship losses, loved ones, illness or illness of a loved one, and learning to live with grief and loss.
Mindfulness practices – Meditation, diaphragmatic breathing, guided imagery, expressive therapies.
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Self esteem and resiliency building 
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

OVERALL EXPERTISE AREAS

Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships

treatment-orientation

TREATMENT ORIENTATION

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Domestic Abuse Therapy
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Sexual Abuse Therapy

clientele

CLIENTELE

Teens (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Couples
Family
Parents
Seniors (65+)

Languages

LANGUAGES

English

 

TRANSPORTATION

From RISD
23min drive/Uber45min bus

From Johnson & Wales
20min drive/Uber43min bus

From Brown University
24min drive/Uber55min bus

 


Jody is an eclectic clinician that is easy to connect with. She has a wealth of knowledge in trauma, depression, anxiety and breath work.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD
— Paula DiPaola, MA (2017)
I have had the pleasure of working with Jodi and she is an outstanding colleague and therapist. Jodi goes above and beyond for her clientele and her clientele are drawn to her for her exceptional personality, warm and caring nature and the ability to build a therapeutic rapport with each client and achieve positive results with each individual person. Jodi is a Certified Transformational Breath Facilitator.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, trauma, and breath work
— Stephanie A. Enos, CAGS LMHC (2017)
Jodi is a highly talented professional! She has a patient and peaceful demeanor that is very well received by her clients. Jodi is extremely knowledgeable in her field and is a master at teaching and explaining therapeutic concepts to her clients to make positive change in their lives!

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Jodi is highly experienced in transformational breath, anxiety, depressive disorders and many other focuses of treatment. She is skilled and talented working with clients young and old.
— Christopher Gelinas, LMHC (2017)
I have deep respect and admiration for Jody’s experiential approach to healing. She demonstrates a exceptional capacity to meet her clients where they are, and from that space she guides experiences that can provide a felt sense of change, allowing clients to genuinely experience themselves differently.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, mood disorders, life transitions, self-esteem issues.
— Kristen Acciari, LICSW (2017)
Jody focuses on each one of her clients. She makes you feel like you’re her only client. She puts so much effort into helping you with your individual needs and has numerous resources that you can use to help you with your needs.
— Mom of 3 (2017)
Jody Ritter is a very knowledgeable, caring, understanding, non-judgemental, supportive and well rounded therapist. Well rounded in the fact that she knows a lot of things about a lot of stuff and is not pigeonholed to a select few areas of her practice. All these things makes opening up to her very easy and is why she is so understanding of her clients, or at least me. After a few sessions I cannot help but think where this lady has been hiding on me all these years as over the years I have seen a few therapists and they all smacked a label on me, and some will insist on putting me on medication which I refuse to take. The problem with labels is that once a therapist puts a label onto you they cannot see, or see very little, anything outside that label (essentially a box) but I do not find Jody to be that way at all, no labels and no insisting on me taking medications. Just after a few sessions I feel like I am making progress.
— Struggling with PTSD and feeling stuck (2017)