Art therapist and Health at Every Size counselor Maggie Ritnour shares how she was introduced to body comparisons and disordered eating in the dance world, how depression and grief led her to restrict her eating, how art and writing helped get her through that difficult period, why art therapy is an important tool in recovery from disordered eating, how it feels to find our authentic voice, how to embrace our imperfections and face our fears, how to push back against diet culture, and lots more! PLUS, Christy answers a listener question about how to best voice your disagreement with fatphobic content in the media.
Maggie Ritnour 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 wholeheartedly committed to the Health At Every Size philosophy. She believes 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.
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. Find her online at rootsarttherapy.nyc.
Ask your questions about intuitive eating, Health at Every Size, body acceptance, or eating disorder recovery for a chance to have them answered on the podcast!
Maggie’s relationship with food growing up, including the connection between food and love
Food and social connection
Body comparisons, disordered eating, and the dance world
Depression, grief, and the desire for food control
The financial component of food choice
Learning basic life skills like cooking
Maggie’s experience in therapy
Art, writing, and catharsis
Art therapy and eating disorders
Finding our authentic voice
Embracing imperfections and facing fears
Learning sustainable coping mechanisms
Building confidence vs perfectionism
Finding comfort, connection, and trust in relationships and in ourselves
The process of art and the process of recovery
The inner critic, shame, and empathy
Food rules, healthism, and diet culture
The gray area of eating disorder recovery
Finding efficiency, self-awareness, and competence through practice of therapeutic skills