Maggie Ritnour

Maggie Ritnour

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC, LCAT, ATR-BC

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments


Location

Ditmas Park, Brooklyn (please inquire for exact address)

 

Clientele

Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults

Hours

Mon: Closed
Tue: 10:00am-8:00pm
Wed: Closed
Thu: 10:00am-8:00pm
Fri: 10:00am-6:00pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Eating disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Loss and grief

  • Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RODBT)


Professional statement

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.


Specialties

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

General expertise

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


Insurances

  • Cigna

Out-of-pocket fees

  • 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.”



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


Languages

English


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.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for?
Maggie is an expert in the eating disorder field. Most people who suffer from an eating disorder also have other mental health co-morbidity which she is exceptional in treating. These often include anxiety, depression, trauma, obsessive compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse, and more.
— Kayla Jessop
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.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for?
Eating disorder treatment, depression, anxiety, OCD, emotional regulation, trauma, RO-DBT, art therapy, exposure work
— Liz Carrara, MS, RDN, CDN
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.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for?
Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, disordered eating, body image concerns.
— Lindsay Krasna, MA, EdM, RD, CEDRD-S, CDN