Betsy Brandl Rippentrop, PhD

Dr. Rippentrop’s work is one of integration – the blending of science, yoga, psychology, spirituality, and esoteric healing traditions.  Doctoral training in counseling psychology at the University of Iowa provided Dr. Rippentrop a strong foundational understanding of mental health, research methodology, and the practice of psychotherapy.  She has specialty training in pain management, sleep disorders, psychosocial oncology, and mind/body interventions for both physical and mental health. She completed her clinical internship at Rush Medical center in Chicago, and has worked in various departments within academic medical centers.  She has been in private practice for the past 17 years.

During her graduate studies, Dr. Rippentrop turned to yoga as a much needed respite from the stress of her work.  Her interest in yoga and its healing properties took root, leading to additional in-depth study of energy medicine, meditation, mindfulness, hypnosis, breath work, the chakra system, and mystical teachings.  She completed teacher training in the Anusara yoga method in 2008, and has completed over 500 hours of training in yoga with various teachers from different lineages including John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, and Angela Farmer. 

In her role as psychologist, Dr. Rippentrop views the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative partnership and the key agent of change. She believes the answers and guidance we are looking for as human beings lie within, and her goal as a therapist is to guide people inward towards their truth and intuition.  She trusts the innate wisdom of the body, and believes we must include the body in the healing process.  

Creating a bridge between psychology and yoga is a core focus of her work. She sees both disciplines as exquisite psychological maps, and although different in their explanations of how to achieve mental wellness, both systems have much to add to improved states of mind.  She especially focuses on the yogic philosophy that supports the idea that we as humans are eternally whole and intact, it is just stress, tension, and faulty thinking that disconnects us from our inherent wholeness.

Dr. Rippentrop sees patients in her clinical practice which is housed in Heartland Yoga.  She teaches multiple yoga classes per work as well as offers specialized online trainings on yoga and the mind.   She has published academic papers on the relationship between spirituality and health, women’s health, and chronic pain management and is co-author of Chakra Healing: Restore Balance to Your Body, Mind and Spirit Through the Seven Energy Centers.  

Betsy’s deep knowledge of diverse modalities brings together the best of the best to harmonize and heal body, mind and spirit. She approaches each practice with reverence balanced by a lightness of spirit that makes it at once sacred and joyful. I trust Betsy aways to offer a practice that works for my body, teaches me something, and lifts me up, no matter how I come to the mat.
– Anne B, Costa Rica 2022

Betsy has helped me find my way back to myself. After years and years of running away from my fears, my feelings, my body, Betsy has given me a safe space to turn back into myself through yoga, meditation and endless support.
– Jessica Z, Guatemala 2023