Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients.
Teens (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Self-esteem building
- Resiliency building
- Anger management
- Anxiety and depression
- Life transitions
- Loss and grief
- Tai Chi Chih
- Mindfulness practices
- Bipolar disorder
- Substance use
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.
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 – Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
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
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Johnson & Wales University (United Health)
- Providence College (United Health)
- United Health
- RISD Student Insurance (United Health)
- URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance (United Health)
- Initial session: $125/session
- Continuing sessions: $105/session (45min)
- Group psychotherapy sessions: $30/session
Sliding scale: n/a
Therapist's note: Jody can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
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."
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.
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
Education and work 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
Northeastern University, Counseling Psychology
North Dakota State University, M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, 1993
University of Minnesota, BS, 1989