Maggie Ritnour


I'm a board certified art therapist & licensed mental health counselor.

Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Contact
  • Individual
  • Group

About My Clients

If you've made art before, you've probably encountered a release, or transformation of understanding, which often accompanies the process of creating. I help people experience that. Sometimes there are not words to describe how we feel. I bring art as an alternative method of expression, a visual vocabulary. When people get in touch with their own creative voice they often find therapy in the confidence of learning a new language, the ability to speak with their art and listen with their eyes.

My Background and Approach

I do my best work helping people see patterns in their life though the use of art. Often, the way people engage with art can be a metaphor for how they engage in other areas of life: food, desire, relationships with others, self, and many more. Art can be a springboard for communication or a backdoor, entering into challenging topics that are being avoided. Many people use words to mask their painful emotional experiences. I have found art is generally a more direct route to the truth of the matters of the heart. Sometimes, art is fun, playful & a place to grow confidence! I have also been trained intensively in Radically Open DBT, a new treatment approach for people who are excessively self-controlled. While some people lack emotional control and need help learning how to be less impulsive or emotionally-driven, people who are overly controlled need help with learning how to relax overly rigid and inflexible control over their emotions and emotion expression.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I am humanistic and curious by nature. I approach my clients using a multi-cultural framework and trauma-informed lens. I am wholeheartedly committed to the Health At Every Size philosophy. I am an advocate for people with mental illness and would like to help eradicate the stigma and discrimination associated with their struggles through education and validation. I feel strongly that art be used as a method to aid in the process of self-awareness, to serve as practice for effective communication and to promote confidence.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Cigna

At A Glance

  • Experience: 13 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $150 - 250/session


347-699-4893 Email Maggie
Ditmas Park
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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