OUR TEAM

A Ray Of Hope
Counseling Cincinnati, OH

We approach each individual’s needs by listening with patience, reacting with kindness and consideration and respecting the whole person.

Iris Pfeffer (LISW-S)

She has a focus on DBT with adolescents, adults, and couples. She provides therapy to a wide variety of diagnoses including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, issues of adjustments, and transition and mood disorders.

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Iris is a licensed independent social worker who has over 40 years of experience. She has a focus on DBT with adolescents and adults. She provides therapy to a wide variety of diagnoses including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, issues of adjustments, and transition and mood disorders. She finds great satiation working with adults, adolescents, and couples.

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Anttarch Brandy (LPC)

Individual, Couples, Drug and Alcohol, and Anger Assessments for clients 15 and older.

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Anttarch has been the field of Social Work? Counseling for 27 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cumberland College as well as a Master’s degree in Education from The College of Mount Saint Joseph and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Xavier University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Social Worker, as well as a Substance Abuse Professional. He trained in DBT, REBT, CBT, and Motivational Interviewing in his counseling sessions. He works with male and female clients ages 15 and up. He can also counsel couples. He performs out ordered alcohol, drug, and anger assessments. Ge enjoys the opportunity to work with people and has experience working with people with diverse backgrounds dealing with depression, anxiety, mental health issues, and other life stressors. 

Michael F. Pignatiello, Ph.D., Psychologist

He has a focus on behavioral/emotional issues and serves persons with developmental disabilities. He also continues to work with persons with memory issues, associated with Alzheimer’s and other neurocognitive disorders.

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“Dr. Mike” has served many clients/agencies since the 1980’s, having been a researcher, counselor, therapist supervisor, community MHC clinical director, workshop instructor, private practice owner, and independent behavioral health consultant. He has treated those from childhood to the elderly, tailoring services to meet one’s individual needs, using a BPSS (Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual) approach that is energetic, informative, and empowering. His consults offer insight/perspective to both clients and service providers, to help address their concerns/issues, all in ‘real time.’

In 1983, he received his bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from the Univ. of Dayton. In 1988, he received his doctorate in Applied Biopsychology from the Univ. of New Orleans, with an emphasis on cognition and the neurobiological bases of depression and dementia. From 1991-2005, he owned a dynamic child/family clinical private practice that focused on behavioral/emotional issues. Since 1991, he has consulted with facilities/county boards that serve persons with developmental disabilities. He also continues to work with persons with memory issues, associated with Alzheimer’s and other neurocognitive disorders.

“A Ray of Hope strives to help people experience a better life,” he comments. “And to do so within such a caring atmosphere, makes working towards this goal all the more rewarding.”

Dr. Reyna Gilmore, MD., Psychiatrist

Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Gilmore is a graduate of the Howard University

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Dr. Gilmore’s numerous awards and honors include the Brian McConville MD Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Award (Cincinnati), the EY Williams Resident of Distinction Award and the Inaugural Resident of the Year Award (Morehouse School of Medicine). She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Suicide Advocacy and Research Committee in Ohio and is extremely active in community service. Her specialty areas of interest include Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, diversity and culture, family relational issues and trauma.

Maury McCoy, MSW, LSW

Maury McCoy has 10 years of experience working with adults struggling with mental health and substance use disorders, with extended training on trauma and the brain, and trauma-informed care.

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In addition to depression, anxiety and relationship issues, Maury specializes in
working with survivors: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Complex Trauma, Sexual Assault, Inmate Partner Violence, and Childhood Trauma. She is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Ohio and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University, with a mental health and addictions focus. Maury offers a client-centered approach to counseling, believing that each individual is the expert of their own lives. Maury has a passion for supporting and empowering others in overcoming obstacles and barriers to living their best life possible. HOPE (Hold on, pain ends).

Theresa Pritchard, LISW-S

Theresa Pritchard has over 20 years providing mental health therapy to adults and adolecents in inpatient, outpatient, school and community settings. She is also a clinical supervisor.

Alec Beal, MSW, LSW

Alec graduated from Xavier University with his undergrad in psychology and received his masters degree in social work through the University of Kentucky. He has worked in the field for 22 years, and uses a lot of treatment modalities such as Motivational Interviewing Techniques, Solution Focused therapy, and Win/Win Problem Solving skills.