Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC, LCAT, ATR-BC
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Ditmas Park, Brooklyn (please inquire for exact address)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Loss and grief
Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RODBT)
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.
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
Bipolar disorder – Developing coping and preventive strategies to stabilize extreme mood swings, including manic and depressive episodes; increasing effective strategies to regulate emotions and maintain a healthy daily routine
Existential crisis – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Race & cultural identity – Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Self harm – Building skills and supports to cope with emotional pain, suffering, and numbness; increasing positive meaningful life experiences
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Initial/ongoing sessions: $250 (60min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $175 - $250 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Maggie can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
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.”
Treatment approachesArt TherapyIn art therapy, clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. (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)
Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy Radically Open Dialetctal Behavior Therapy treatment involves both individual treatment sessions and skills training classes, and centers around five OC themes: inhibited and disingenuous emotional expression; hyper-detailed focused and overly cautious behavior; rigid and rule-governed behavior; aloof and distant style of relating; and high social comparison and envy/bitterness.
Education and work experience
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