Ralph is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Services, and worked with traumatized children in the foster care system in the years that followed. Today, he maintains a private practice specializing in working with trauma, anxiety, depression, and addiction. He is trained in trauma-focused therapies, and he incorporates psychoanalytic, Internal Family Systems, somatic, and mindfulness-based approaches.
Ralph began practicing meditation in 1996 and has taught meditation since 2008. He was a student of Amma's for 16 years and has studied Buddhism since 2005. He is currently a student within both the Shambhala and Dharma Ocean lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. Ralph's teaching style has been called, "Raw, relatable, and real," (Lila Donnollo, Horizontal with Lila podcast).
Ralph is a survivor of trauma, depression, and addiction. His work is inspired by the tremendous healing he's been fortunate enough to experience. You can listen to (or read) his story on the Embodied Philosophy podcast episode, "Inside One Teacher’s Journey From Darkness to Light,"here.
Ralph lives in Brooklyn with his two cats, Emma Goldman and Henry.