After a successful career as a musical theater choreographer and Broadway dancer, I redirected my passion and creativity from the performing arts to the healing arts. As a therapist, I provide a warm, professional and safe space where you'll learn to develop curiosity and compassion towards your emotional or psychological pain and the skills to make positive changes in your life.  We will work together to improve your psychological flexibility and address the ways in which your attitudes towards yourself and others may be getting in the way of your happiness and well-being.

Whether you're experiencing symptoms of trauma, anxiety, depression, OCD, relationship or career issues, I implement a nonjudgmental approach with open curiosity. I integrate behavioral interventions with mindfulness and compassion to help you interrupt habitual and often self-sabotaging tendencies.  Using a harm-reduction framework, I also provide psychedelic preparation and integration therapy for individuals who may be exploring the personal use of psychedelics as a healing or spiritual modality. 


I hold advanced degrees in Mental Health Counseling, Human Development and Gender Studies, and am trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Somatic Experiencing (SE), Psychedelic Integration Therapy (PIT) and Interpersonal Neuropsychology. I am certified in LGBTQ Clinical Foundations from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and IHI Therapy Center, and have received trainings on Adult Attachment in Psychotherapy with David Wallin, Ph.D., and sexuality and couples’ clinical issues at the Ackerman Institute.  My work is informed by feminist and multi-cultural theoretical perspectives. I am currently training in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) with Fluence.

I am truly excited for you to move beyond the stuckness and discomfort you may be experiencing in your life today. With support, acceptance and practice, it is possible to unburden from suffering and to feel free. I'm here to guide you through the process.


Outside the office, I am an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College where I teach and train mental health counseling graduate students. I also supervisor and mentor post-graduate therapists in training. I'm a member of the American Counseling Association and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

Jody Ripplinger MA LMHC

I believe in each person's unique ability and capacity to overcome their challenges. I’ve been working in the mental health field for several years and I’m a recent master’s degree graduate in Mental Health Counseling. In treatment, I use person-centered and evidence-based approaches to foster curiosity, safety, and openness to growth. I work with an array of populations such as those struggling with COVID-19 related stress, anxiety, depression, body image, relationship issues, and more.

In practice, I carefully consider personalities, historical context, and the complexities of one’s distress tolerance. My personal experience growing up in several countries has shaped unbiased views, curiosity, flexibility, and the recognition of alternative perspectives which directly influence my work. Each of my clients deserves the utmost level of attention, responsiveness, and uniquely personalized approach. 

Therapy is a unique relationship that can be challenging at first. But surprisingly, you've already begun the process by researching and reaching out. I’m here to continue guiding you through your growth. 

Artur Lebiedzinski MA