Jody Ripplinger MA LMHC
"Fantastic, fantastic therapist. I'm the type of person who needs actual tools given to me and actions I can take to help my depression/anxiety, not just someone who sits there and lets you vent, and that's actually what Jody does"
After a successful career as a musical theater choreographer and Broadway dancer, I redirected my commitment, passion and creativity from the performing arts to the healing arts.
From our first session onward, 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 how your attitudes towards yourself and others may get in the way of taking your happiness and well-being to the next level.
Whether you're experiencing symptoms of trauma, anxiety, depression, OCD, relationship issues, 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.
I enjoying working with executives, supervisors, managers and team leaders who benefit from developing the relational skills and psychological flexibility necessary to handle stressful careers, engage with many different types of personalities, and to enrich their work environments.
Using a harm-reduction framework, I also provide psychedelic preparation and integration therapy for folks who may be exploring the personal use of psychedelics as a healing or spiritual modality.
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’s absolutely possible to unburden from suffering and freely enjoy the life you’ve created for yourself. I'm here to guide you through the process.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
I hold advanced degrees in Mental Health Counseling, Human Development, and Gender Studies. I 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 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.
Outside the office, I have been teaching mental health counseling graduate students as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College, as well as supervise and mentor post-graduate therapists in training. I'm a member of the American Counseling Association, the Psychedelic Medicine Association, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.