"The voice we all need to hear." -Lodro Rinzler, author, The Buddha Walks Into a Bar
Ralph is the author of The Monkey Is the Messenger: What Your Busy Mind Is Trying to Tell You (Shambhala Publications, 2018). He is a psychotherapist, life coach, rogue meditation teacher, storyteller, and musician. His work has been featured in CNN, SELF, GQ, Women's Health, Elephant Journal, and many other publications and podcasts.
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, unresolved childhood hurts, 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 the Dharma Ocean lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
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.