Maggie M. Ritnour, LMHC, LCAT, ATR-BC
Maggie is licensed mental health counselor and licensed creative arts therapist. She began studying art in high school, and then received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She obtained her masters of psychology from Antioch University Seattle in 2009. She has experience using art as therapy in work with children, adolescents and adults in hospital settings since 2000.
Maggie is a humanistic therapist who approaches her clients using a multi-cultural framework and trauma-informed lens. She is 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. She feels 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.
Maggie is also a certified Irish dance teacher; she loves to teach and dance as much as possible. She incorporates her knowledge of body movement with her therapeutic understanding of people. Maggie is passionate about using art and mindful body awareness in her work and life.
Client feedback about art therapy with Maggie:
“You inspired me to take risks in art, to express myself freely through art. I found that art therapy becomes a place for me to express the pain inside that words cannot capture; and to have the courage to hope and connect with the resilience inside of me. Most importantly, I felt encouraged to have a voice and speak it too, however shaky it might be.”
“I have heard that art is about the process not the product before art therapy, but it was not until I began art therapy with you that I truly learned that art can save a person. It has helped me re-associate during some of the most terrifying moments in treatment.”
“Thank you for being a safe space for every piece of me.”
“My body confidence role model.”
“Your humor, passion, zest, warmth, and open heart have inspired me in my recovery.”
Read An examination of differences between adult and adolescent controls using the Diagnostic Drawing Series, an article co-authored by Maggie and published in The Arts in Psychotherapy journal in February, 2015.