OUR TEAM

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

Counseling Mason, OH

Paula Adolfson

Office Manager of A Ray Of Hope.

She handles the Financial and Business Aspects of our Organization

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Paula is our office manager. She handles the financial and business aspects of our organization.  She is also a friendly face you will see in our Loveland office, and a cheerful voice you hear when you contact A Ray of Hope.​

Susan Grgas (LSW)

She had treated individuals suffering from many different diagnosis such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, conduct and mood disorders.

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Suzi is a licensed social worker (LSW) with her masters of social work with a focus on mental heath from the University of Cincinnati. She has experience working with adolescents, adults and geriatric clients utilizing many different treatment modalities- such as DBT , CBT, and various other behavioral techniques. She works diligently to ensure each client is treated with empathy, respect, and kindness while understanding the importance of trauma informed care. Suzi has treated individuals suffering from many different diagnosis such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, conduct and mood disorders.

Counseling Mason, OH

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.

Counseling Mason, OH

Ellise Cook (MSW, LSW)

Counseling to any Age Group as well as Families.

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Ellise graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Master’s degree in Social Work, specializing in mental health. She enjoys working with trauma treatment and psychopharmacology. Her undergraduate work was with the Lighthouse Youth Crisis Center and graduate school work was with Gateway Recovery. She enjoys working with children and adults, diagnosing mental health and substance use problems. She also enjoys family therapy, individual therapy, and group therapy. Her experience in TFCBT, DBT, and CBT treatment modalities. She has treated adults and children/adolescents suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief/loss, substance use, and ​adjustment disorders.

Counseling Mason, OH

Angela Ashby (LSW)

Counseling for Individuals and Families from Diverse Cultural Backgrounds.

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Angela has been a Licensed Social Worker since 1996, covering Ohio and Michigan (2014-2016). She has vast experience working to strengthen and empower individuals and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. Her approach to treatment combines an eclectic blend of different treatment modalities CBT, Solution Focused, Reality therapy, and Spirituality, as requested. She specializes in substance abuse, dual diagnosis, trauma/abuse, depression, anxiety, and grief.

Counseling Mason, OH

Angela Kaskocsak (KM, LPC)

Individual Counseling for Adults.

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Angela is a Veteran of the army and has a Master’s degree in Crime Analysis and a second Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She specializes in CBT and DBT. She is client-centered focused and believes in empowering others to achieve their long-term goals.

Counseling Mason, OH

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. 

Counseling Mason, OH

Rosalind Sistrunk (MA, LPC, CDCA)

Individual, Couple, Family, and Pre-Marital Counseling.

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Relationships are an essential part of our lives. I have a passion for helping others improve their lives and relationships. It is my understanding that relationships are built on three components: mutual trust, empathy, and love. Once achieved, the relationship bond will grow deeper and richer each time there is a positive connection. If any one of these components is impaired, the foundation of the relationship will be negatively impacted. There is reparative hope in counseling. I offer individual, couple, family, and premarital counseling. I take a holistic approach when working with clients using systemic therapy, attachment theory, and spirituality when requested. I am here to support you as you begin your journey to improve the quality of your life and relationships.

 

Rachel Ferrell (LPC)

Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Life Transitions, Relationships Issues, Self-Esteem, Spirituality, and Stress

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Rachel graduated from Wright State University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is passionate about working with adolescents, young adults, and older adults both professionally and in her personal life as a church group leader. She is a spirit-filled Christian, using wisdom and discernment to guide her practice. Rachel’s approach to therapy is person-centered, offering continual empathy, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness with every client encounter. She has experience in and often utilizes CBT, DBT, and MI in her practice.  Her specialties include: Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Life Transitions, Relationships Issues, Self-Esteem, Spirituality, and Stress.

Counseling Mason, OH

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.”