About >> Our Therapists

Angela Coleman, LISW

Angela is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who has over eighteen years of experience helping people come to a greater understanding of how to break ineffective patterns and resolve various life issues. She has provided family, individual, and group therapy with children, adolescents, and adult clients.

Angela believes in a client centered, strength based approach to therapy, and places great importance on building a goal-directed connection with the individuals and families she works with. She has experience working with anxiety, depression, bereavement, anger management, sexuality, effects of bullying, relationship issues, parenting, trauma and abuse.

She implements in her therapies a tailored style to fit the unique needs of every client that seeks therapy; ensuring that each client receives care focused on them and their loved ones. The goal of a tailored therapeutic process is to help clients recognize, utilize, and build upon their existing strengths within an environment that allows them to heal.

Becky West, LPCC

Becky is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a background in community mental health.  She obtained a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Xavier University and is a member of the ACA (American Counseling Association).  Becky provides a warm, supportive, caring environment to help adults, adolescents and children reach their treatment goals.  She offers solution-focused counseling by encouraging clients to challenge distorted thinking and change destructive patterns of behavior.  Her experience includes working with anxiety and panic, depression, trauma, addiction, eating disorders, sexual identity, and adjustment issues.

Becky helps clients by using an approach that includes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused counseling, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) skills.  She led Coping with Divorce groups in Warren County for three years.

Becky believes counseling is a collaborative effort between counselor and client.  She is passionate about helping clients identify their goals and finding potential solutions to issues causing emotional turmoil.  Ultimately, a client should expect to see an improved ability to implement coping skills, an increase in self-esteem and well-being, and an overall sense of empowerment.

Carl Tucker, MA, LPCC-S, LICDC-Sup

Carl earned his BA in Psychology from Bucknell University and his Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Towson University.  Moving to Ohio in 1977, Carl has worked in the behavioral health field for forty years.  He has experience in Mental Health and Chemical Dependency in rural and urban settings.  He is a certified Supervisor as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and as a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor. He has held positions in agencies with both clinical and administrative duties.

Carl has seen clients of all ages, races, socio-economic standing, genders, sexual orientation, etc. with a variety of behavioral health problems.  He has specialized in the treatment of adults suffering from co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, depression, trauma, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety, severe mental disorders, and is experienced in a full gamut of other psychological and substance abuse issues.

Carl was trained in Client Centered, Reality, and Rational Emotive therapies, and the basis of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  He also has received training in Gestalt Therapy, Neuro Behavioral Conditioning, and Trauma Informed Therapy.  He is interested in seeing clients aged 16 and older.

Carol Powell, LISW-S

Carol is licensed as an Independent Clinical Social Worker in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, designated as a supervisor to Ohio social workers in clinical training.  She obtained her Master of Social Work from the University of Kentucky and her Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati.  For 30 years, she has provided mental and behavioral health services to individuals and families in urban and rural homes, schools and communities.

Favoring education and practical tools from diverse modalities, Carol offers crisis and non-crisis therapy for adults, children, adolescents, parents, blended families, foster parents to improve symptoms like frustration, isolation, depression, grief, anxiety, adjustment, and a range of self-destructive behaviors.  She is an experienced practitioner of trauma specific therapies.  She also provides knowledgeable services for those involved in military, court, medical, school, or county systems.

Carol remains dedicated to listening to the stories of others and illuminating opportunities to create improvement.  Her enthusiasm is ignited by the observation that, when a thoughtful interpersonal exchange partners with the willingness to develop new perspectives and supportive self care, discovery and recovery are close by and available to every person.

Christina Retherford, LISW

    Christina is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who has been working with individuals suffering from mental illness since 2006, during her undergraduate studies. She has been trained to respond to crisis situations and was a rape advocate while volunteering at a crisis center for 5 years. She has worked as a case manager for severely mentally ill adults, has provided services to individuals with developmental disabilities and has provided school-based and outpatient therapy to children, adolescents and adults of all ages.
    Christina strives to provide clients with the utmost quality of care, using a client centered, strength-based approach and tailoring therapy to each client’s individual needs. Christina specializes in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is passionate about helping children who have experienced trauma and traumatic grief. She prides herself in professional development and has received a myriad amount of training throughout her career. She has utilized Motivational Interviewing skills, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills, Play Therapy skills, Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) skills and CARE/behavior management skills when utilizing eclectic and solution focused approaches in therapy.
    Christina has experience working with children and adults with psychosis, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, anger management and developmental disabilities. She has also worked with children with ADHD, defiance and communication related issues. She has helped multiple families gain knowledge of their own or their child’s diagnosis. She strongly believes that every individual and family is doing the best they can. Through her work with children, adults and families, she has found that with the right knowledge and skills, they can enhance their communication and relationship skills with each other in order to create a stronger, more well-balanced family unit and improved their overall quality of life.

Cynthia Phillips, LPCC-S

Cynthia earned her BA in Psychology at Miami University in Oxford, and her MA degree in Counseling from the University of Cincinnati.  She is credentialed as a Supervising Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S), and has worked in mental health for over 25 years.

Her work has taken her into some of Cincinnati’s most troubled neighborhoods like 8th and State, schools like Woodward/Taft/Aiken/Oyler/Rockdale/West High/Withrow, Community Centers and church basements; She knows that many unhappy people lead quiet lives of desperation in quarter-million dollar houses. Her desire in this work is to understand a person or a family, and make a connection that allows them to use existing strengths to make changes.

She has made educational presentations to, and facilitated groups for kids, teens, parents, and mental health professionals. A sampling of the titles include: Children in Divorce Situations; Single Parent Support Groups; Assessment and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse; Prevention of Sexual Abuse (in various age groups); Non-Offending Parent Groups; Psychological Readiness in Self Defense; The Eroticized Child: Issues in Management and Treatment; Self Esteem; and Suicide Prevention.

“Whether in community mental health in the first part of my professional career, or in private practice in more recent years, I have learned significant life and work lessons. From 2006-2012, I co-founded and served as President of another counseling service in greater Cincinnati.  Administrative duties aside, what really energizes me? Family and group therapy, lots of people in the room!”

Cynthia Reinhart, MA, LPCC-S

Cynthia Reinhart is a licensed clinical counselor who has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years.  She has experience dealing with issues of depression; anxiety; relationship issues (both with couples and between parent and child); trauma, including sexual abuse; stress management; anger management; behavior problems with children; and ADHD.  She provides individual counseling, couple counseling, play therapy, and family therapy to adults, adolescents, and children from age 5 years and older.

Cynthia takes an eclectic approach to treatment, incorporating strategies from a variety of different therapeutic philosophies, and tailoring treatment to the specific issue and the unique needs of the individual client.  She relies heavily on cognitive behavioral strategies, education, emotional support, and a solution focused approach.

One of the original founders of another counseling service in greater Cincinnati, Cynthia has helped establish and is one of the owners of ClearView Counseling Services.

David Payne, LPCC

David Payne is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Ohio and Kentucky.  He obtained a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Xavier University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The Ohio State University.  He has experience helping adults, teenagers, and children, and has worked with criminal populations and those dealing with substance abuse issues as well.  He is particularly interested in helping teens and adults cope with relationship problems, depression, anxiety, identity issues, family disputes, self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive disorder, stress, and problems adjusting to new situations.

David likes to help people learn more about themselves.  When you’re having problems in life, it can be helpful to get someone else’s view of the situation.  David provides an understanding, non-judgmental, and relaxing atmosphere in which you can work through your problems.  He can teach you helpful coping techniques to fit your particular situation, or just listen and provide feedback if that’s what you seek.  David embraces diversity and loves to work with people to help them lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.

David realizes that counseling is no small undertaking. It takes a commitment of time, emotional energy, and usually some money, all of which can be hard to find at times.  However, counseling can help you become the person you want to be, which benefits you and those around you.  A good counselor can help you look at your problems in a different way, learn a better approach to dealing with stressful situations, and realize how strong and happy you really can be.

Iris Pfeffer, LISW-S

Iris A. Pfeffer, LISW is a licensed independent social worker who brings over 40 years of experience in a variety of settings to her practice. Ms Pfeffer, a graduate of San Diego State University was inducted into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi and became a adjunct professor at her alma mater. Ms. Pfeffer was the Director of the first Alzheimer’s Resource Center in California and continues to provide services to senior adults as a specialty. As part of her continuing training and education, Ms. Pfeffer has a focus on DBT with adolescents and adults. In addition, Ms. Pfeffer provides therapy to a wide variety of diagnoses and life situations including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, issues of adjustment and transition and mood disorders. Ms Pfeffer works with adults, adolescents, individuals and couples.
Ms. Pfeffer resides in Fairfield with her dog Chai near her family. A transplant from California, she is enjoying the change of seasons and all that the Cincinnati area has to offer.

John Burik, MEd, MS, LPCC-S

John Burik (BUR- as in bureau) is licensed as a Supervising Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio.  He earned dual masters degrees in Community Counseling and Psychology from Xavier University and Capella University, respectively.  He’s intensively trained in Gestalt, EMDR and DBT, as well as treating victims of trauma.  He’s provided mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults in Greater Cincinnati for over two decades.  John is a Past President and current Board Member of the Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association and serves on the Ohio Counseling Association’s Government Relations Committee.

Indirectly related to therapy, he co-authored the booklet “Talk, Listen, Decide” for the Butler County CSEA, contributed to the birth of Butler County’s family mediation service, and presented “Coping with Divorce” workshops to divorcing parents in both Clermont and Hamilton counties.

He’s worked in a variety of settings including outpatient community mental health, residential treatment, and most recently hospital inpatient at Mercy Clermont. Past experience as a job coach, group facilitator, clinical case manager, and treatment director bring a breadth and depth to his understanding of individuals’ needs and wants.  “Without that,” John reminds us, “All those letters behind your name can be just so much ‘alphabet soup’.  What’s important is understanding what folks need to move closer to the life they want to live.”

Leon Ellison Jr., M.Ed, LPCC

Mr. Leon Ellison Jr. M.Ed., LPCC serves as the Mental Health Consultant for Dream Builders University, and Mental Health Therapist at ClearView Counseling Services. He is a Motivational Speaker, Published Author and Adjunct Professor at Lindsey Wilson College. He also serves as Head Coach for the Boys Basketball Team at Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Leon is a Veteran of the United States Army after serving 8 years.

He received his Master’s in Education from Lindsey Wilson College in 2013 and is currently working on his PH.D in Philosophy with a major in Counselor Education and Supervision.

Mr. Ellison works as an advocate for children and families enriching the lives of both in his capacity as motivational speaker and community leader. His mission is to continue to strengthen family units and reduce violence in the inner city.

His first book, entitled “Through It All, My Silent Cries Ended” was published in December 2015. He has dedicated his life to motivating others and providing professional support to individuals with Mental Health issues.

Lisa Schauer, MS.Ed., LPCC

Lisa is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Dayton.  She also holds an LSW in Ohio and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Wright State University.  Lisa has a background of working with families, couples and individuals in a community setting helping them sort through various relationship, parental and individual struggles that complicate one’s life.

Lisa uses an eclectic approach when working with clients pooling from cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and client-centered therapy, but focusing on the needs of the individual client for what will work best with each person.  She has experience working with clients dealing with depression, anxiety, anger issues, grief, trauma, domestic violence and abuse issues. 

Lisa provides acceptance for what a client is facing and knows that each individual client has their own story and experiences which make them unique.  She brings an empathic and non-judgmental approach when working with clients and believes that a client must be comfortable with a therapist in order for positive changes to be made.  Lisa understands that each client is the expert on himself/herself and recognizes her role is to provide a safe environment where a client can explore different solutions to navigate them through his/her journey.

Lisa Starr, MA, LPCC

Lisa Starr is a Professional Clinical Counselor at ClearView Counseling Services.  She works with adolescents and adults and provides individual, couple and family counseling.  Lisa has experience working with a variety of issues including: depression, anxiety, abuse issues, trauma, personality disorders, sexuality, spirituality, relationship concerns, communication and women’s issues.  She has training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and has led Skills Training groups as well as conducted individual DBT therapy.  Lisa is a member of the American Counseling Association.

Lisa utilizes a strengths based approach and draws from a variety of sources including cognitive behavioral, education oriented and mindfulness based theories to customize a personalized approach for each client.  She is passionate about creating a supportive and nonjudgmental environment where clients can identify and work toward their goals.

Marilyn Woods, MSW, LCSW, LISW-S

Marilyn is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Ohio and Kentucky. She is a Supervising Clinical Social Worker and has been working in the mental health field for over 25 years.

Marilyn specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, grief, anger management, substance abuse, as well as marital and family therapy.

She has also worked in residential treatment and group home settings for troubled adolescents, in the school system, in hospital settings and community mental health centers for the severely mentally ill. She has provided consultation to Educators and Directors of treatment facilities for adolescents.

Marilyn has a passion for her life’s work in mental health and has practiced in Canada, Japan, and the United States. She has experience working with expatriated individuals and families. This includes counseling for culture shock, reverse culture shock, third culture children issues, cross cultural couple counseling, and adjustment issues related to living outside one’s home country.

Mary Schehl, LISW-S

Mary is credentialed as a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision designation. Mary earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati School of Social Work in 2001, and has worked in the mental health field for over 15 yrs.

Mary started her career working as a case manager for homeless women and children in a shelter setting. She went on to provide psychotherapy to children, adolescents and their families in both inpatient and out-patient settings. She has provided therapeutic services as a school-based social worker as well.

Mary has experience working with individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, ADHD, anger/aggression, substance abuse, trauma, parent-child relational issues and eating disorders. She takes an eclectic approach to therapy utilizing a variety of treatment models tailored to most effectively meet the needs of the individuals and families she works with.

“With willingness and keeping an open mind, I believe change is possible at any life stage…” 

Rose Kormanyos, MA, LIMFT

Rose Kormanyos is a Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist.  She received her Masters Degree in 2012 from Alliant University in Sacramento, California. 
Rose uses a warm, collaborative approach with her clients, taking the time to deeply listen and build a trusting relationship.  This is especially helpful for exploring topics that may be difficult or painful.  Rose has experience with a wide variety of presenting problems - from adjusting to a stressful change to struggling with serious depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety.  Working with trauma survivors is an area of special interest for Rose, and she extensive experience with the treatment of trauma and PTSD.  
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Rose is also well-versed in conducting couples and family therapy.  She is passionate about helping couples and families identify what is preventing them from connecting fully, and helping them to build more meaningful and fulfilling relationships. 
Rose celebrates diversity, and welcomes clients of all cultures, ethnicities, sexual-orientations, and gender identities. Before becoming a therapist, Rose trained and worked as an ecology researcher; she continues to draw from her understanding of biology and love of nature in her therapy work.

Tracy Mert, LPCC-S

Tracy is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S) and Co- Owner of ClearView Counseling Services, Inc.  She is a designated supervising counselor, allowing her to supervise counselors- in- training.  Tracy obtained her Master’s degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati and her Bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in Illinois.  Tracy was awarded the Mayerson Award for Community Service to the Greater Cincinnati area in 1997, was initiated into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society in 1998, and has been a member of the Chi Sigma Iota Professional Honor Society since 2004. She has been a member of the ACA and AMHCA since 2004.

Tracy has experience working with children, adolescents, families, and adults.  Her main areas of interest and experience include: severe behavior problems, crisis support, developmental disabilities, ADHD, anger management, depression, grief, trauma, abuse, anxiety, low self- esteem, divorce, and parenting skills/education.  Tracy utilizes: cognitive behavior therapy, talk therapy, supportive therapy, family systems theory, love and logic parenting theory, art therapy, play therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy in her work.  She also leads a dialectical behavior therapy group each week with adults that struggle with emotion regulation.

Prior to private practice, Tracy provided intensive case management to severely mentally ill adults and those with MRDD.  She worked with substance abuse and the homeless population, provided intensive home- based therapy in Cincinnati’s most impoverished communities, did school- based counseling, and managed and provided therapy within a partial hospitalization program in an alternative behavior school.  Tracy frequented the courts and hospitals offering intensive treatment and education.  She is passionate about learning, teaching, and helping others find their way.  Tracy believes in meeting the client where s/he is, identifying those strengths and utilizing them in treatment with a personalized, creative approach.  Tracy combines her experience, knowledge, and warmth with an evidence based, goal- oriented approach.  She is passionate about the process of change and honors her clients’ stories.