What kind of work?


I do both short-term problem solving and crisis counseling as well as deep, personal growth psychotherapy.  Most of my clients are adults, though I have a family approach, and often work with the entire family, children included–sometimes even extended families (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins…).  I love to work with couples (gay and straight) on relationship enhancement.  
        Because of my interest in adult development and human potential, I am a  harmonious choice for clients on a spiritual path.    Over the years  I have worked with many people in religious vocations, both Christians and Jews.
        A general practice psychologist, I nevertheless have special interest in:

  • 12 Step Recovery support
  •  habits (such as smoking) and addictions (including alcoholism, eating compulsions),
  • GLBT and alternative lifestyle issues
  • chronic disease, disability, pain,
  • sexual trauma recovery,
  • marriage, divorce, childbearing (including infertility), parenting, blended families
  • mid-life,  retirement, the elderly
  • death and dying, bereavement.

I enjoy helping clients diagnose their lives and plan a program for wellness in all four areas: physical, spiritual, social and intrapsychic.


        I believe strongly in a team approach to health care, with the patient at the helm  and all members communicating with one another: physician, psychologist, family, body worker, clergy….  Therefore I particularly value my referrals from these other professionals, working in tandem  to solve  health problems  as well as to manage the stresses of medical procedures, serious illness, and ultimately to ease the transition from this life.

What’s Different About My Practice?

I practice solo, in this beautiful, historic house rather than in an office building;  I do not use office staff;  I am informal and friendly;  I like a collaborative relationship with my clients, rather than being an “authority figure”;  I have unusual flashes of insight… perhaps it is intuition, perhaps ‘guidance’, or maybe just the result of all these decades of experience.  Also, it is unusual that I take copious notes on my laptop computer during the session and then print out or email them to the client.  People love that.  It’s also unusual that I offer a free 15 minute “hand-shake” visit for any prospective client.  Call for yours anytime: 513 221 1289.


        Drawn to the field of psychology by a strong interest in psychological wellness and primary prevention,
I was trained in the sixties in the Rogerian Client-Centered approach and in the Analytically-Oriented Psychodynamic
method of psychotherapy. In the seventies I studied behavioral change through the spiritual paths of Zen sitting meditation and Jewish religious practice, continuing my studies as well of hypnosis and alterations of consciousness.  In addition to my private practice of psychotherapy with  couples and individual adults, I consulted with Our Lady of the Highlands, a Good Shepherd  Sisters’ Home for court-placed adolescent girls.
        During the eighties I also consulted with the lay Religious Community, “New Jerusalem” and gave talks on the role of sexual lovemaking in the spiritually committed marriage.
        Over the years my interest in mind-body interaction has been a continuous theme, together with issues of childbearing and rearing, couples issues, and alternative lifestyles.
         In 1994-95 I was pleased to serve on the founding committee for the Franciscan Holistic Center at Providence Hospital, where complementary and alternative health enhancing techniques are provided in a context of medical responsibility.


A.B. Vassar College, 1962

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Cincinnati, 1973

Licensed as a Psychologist in Ohio, 1975

Private Practice, Psychotherapy, 1973–through present.

Certification in Clinical Hypnosis, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, 1994.

Certification in Mind-Body Medicine, National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, 1994.

Family Therapy, extensive training with Jay Haley and Cloe Madannes in Washington, D.C., 1990.

Healing Science Training,  Three years studying with Barbara Brennan, author of Hands of Light. 1990-93.

Taught “Self Care Emotional Wellness” Course, University of Cincinnati Communiversity for several years, 1989…

“Taught “Creating Your Holistic Health Plan” and “Psychological Self Care for People with Arthritis” at the
Franciscan Wholistic Center, Providence Hospital.” 1994-95

Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course, Alexander Technique of Cincinnati, 2006-2009

In spite of illness in spite of even the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual dates of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.
Edith Wharton

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Notice concerning confidentiality:
OHIO Psychologists’ NOTICE FORM

Notice of Psychologists’ Policies and Practices to Protect the Privacy of Your Health InformationTHIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW PSYCHOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.  PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.I.  Uses and Disclosures for Treatment, Payment, and Health Care Operations  I may use or disclose your protected health information (PHI), for treatment, payment, and health care operations purposes with your consent. To help clarify these terms, here are some definitions: 
∑ “PHI” refers to information in your health record that could identify you. 
∑ “Treatment, Payment and Health Care Operations”
 – Treatment is when I provide, coordinate or manage your health care and other services related to your health care. An example of treatment would be when I consult with another health care provider, such as your family physician or another psychologist.
 – Payment is when I obtain reimbursement for your healthcare.  Examples of payment are when I disclose your PHI to your health insurer to obtain reimbursement for your health care or to determine eligibility or coverage.
 – Health Care Operations are activities that relate to the performance and operation of my practice.  Examples of health care operations are quality assessment and improvement activities, business-related matters such as audits and administrative services, and case management and care coordination.
∑ “Use” applies only to activities within my [office, clinic, practice group, etc.] such as sharing, employing, applying, utilizing, examining, and analyzing information that identifies you.
∑ “Disclosure” applies to activities outside of my [office, clinic, practice group, etc.], such as releasing, transferring, or providing access to information about you to other parties. 
 II.  Uses and Disclosures Requiring Authorization 
 I may use or disclose PHI for purposes outside of treatment, payment, and health care operations when your appropriate authorization is obtained. An “authorization” is written permission above and beyond the general consent that permits only specific disclosures.  In those instances when I am asked for information for purposes outside of treatment, payment and health care operations, I will obtain an authorization from you before releasing this information.  I will also need to obtain an authorization before releasing your psychotherapy notes. “Psychotherapy notes” are notes I have made about our conversation during a private, group, joint, or family counseling session, which I have kept separate from the rest of your medical record.  These notes are given a greater degree of protection than PHI.
 You may revoke all such authorizations (of PHI or psychotherapy notes) at any time, provided each revocation is in writing. You may not revoke an authorization to the extent that (1) I have relied on that authorization; or (2) if the authorization was obtained as a condition of obtaining insurance coverage, and the law provides the insurer the right to contest the claim under the policy.
 III.  Uses and Disclosures with Neither Consent nor Authorization
 I may use or disclose PHI without your consent or authorization in the following circumstances: 
∑ Child Abuse: If, in my professional capacity, I know or suspect that a child under 18 years of age or a mentally retarded, developmentally disabled, or physically impaired child under 21 years of age has suffered or faces a threat of suffering any physical or mental wound, injury, disability, or condition of a nature that reasonably indicates abuse or neglect, I am required by law to immediately report that knowledge or suspicion to the Ohio Public Children Services Agency, or a municipal or county peace officer. 
∑ Adult and Domestic Abuse: If I have reasonable cause to believe that an adult is being abused, neglected, or exploited, or is in a condition which is the result of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, I am required by law to immediately report such belief to the County Department of Job and Family Services.  
∑ Judicial or Administrative Proceedings: If you are involved in a court proceeding and a request is made for information about your evaluation, diagnosis and treatment and the records thereof, such information is privileged under state law and I will not release this information without written authorization from you or your persona or legally-appointed representative, or a court order.  The privilege does not apply when you are being evaluated for a third party or where the evaluation is court ordered. You will be informed in advance if this is the case.  
∑ Serious Threat to Health or Safety: If I believe that you pose a clear and substantial risk of imminent serious harm to yourself or another person, I may disclose your relevant confidential information to public authorities, the potential victim, other professionals, and/or your family in order to protect against such harm.  If you communicate to me an explicit threat of inflicting imminent and serious physical harm or causing the death of one or more clearly identifiable victims, and I believe you have the intent and ability to carry out the threat, then I am required by law to take one or more of the following actions in a timely manner: 1) take steps to hospitalize you on an emergency basis, 2) establish and undertake a treatment plan calculated to eliminate the possibility that you will carry out the threat, and initiate arrangements for a second opinion risk assessment with another mental health professional, 3) communicate to a law enforcement agency  and, if feasible, to the potential victim(s), or victim’s parent or guardian if a minor, all of the following information: a) the nature of the threat, b) your identity, and c) the identity of the potential victim(s). 
ß Worker’s Compensation: If you file a worker’s compensation claim, I may be required to give your mental health information to relevant parties and officials. 
 IV.  Patient’s Rights and Psychologist’s Duties
 Patient’s Rights:
∑ Right to Request Restrictions –You have the right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of protected health information about you. However, I am not required to agree to a restriction you request. 
∑ Right to Receive Confidential Communications by Alternative Means and at Alternative Locations – You have the right to request and receive confidential communications of PHI by alternative means and at alternative locations. (For example, you may not want a family member to know that you are seeing me.  Upon your request, I will send your bills to another address.)  
∑ Right to Inspect and Copy – You have the right to inspect or obtain a copy (or both) of PHI and psychotherapy notes in my mental health and billing records used to make decisions about you for as long as the PHI is maintained in the record. I may deny your access to PHI under certain circumstances, but in some cases, you may have this decision reviewed. On your request, I will discuss with you the details of the request process.   
∑ Right to Amend – You have the right to request an amendment of PHI for as long as the PHI is maintained in the record. I may deny your request.  On your request, I will discuss with you the details of the amendment process. 
∑ Right to an Accounting – You generally have the right to receive an accounting of disclosures of PHI for which you have neither provided consent nor authorization (as described in Section III of this Notice).  On your request, I will discuss with you the details of the accounting process. 
∑ Right to a Paper Copy – You have the right to obtain a paper copy of the notice from me upon request, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically.
 Psychologist’s Duties:
∑ I am required by law to maintain the privacy of PHI and to provide you with a notice of my legal duties and privacy practices with respect to PHI.
∑ I reserve the right to change the privacy policies and practices described in this notice. Unless I notify you of such changes, however, I am required to abide by the terms currently in effect. 
∑ If I revise my policies and procedures, I will . . .[Notice must also describe how the psychologist will provide individuals with a revised notice, e.g., by mail.]V.  Questions and ComplaintsIf you have questions about this notice, disagree with a decision I make about access to your records, or have other concerns about your privacy rights, you may contact _me, Ellen O. Bierhorst, Ph.D.g
If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated and wish to file a complaint with me/my office, you may send your written complaint  to me at 3901 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45220._____You may also send a written complaint to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The person listed above can provide you with the appropriate address upon request.

You have specific rights under the Privacy Rule.  I will not retaliate against you for exercising your right to file a complaint.

VI. Effective Date, Restrictions and Changes to Privacy Policy

This notice will go into effect on __4/14/03_____________[add date, which may not be earlier than the date on which the notice is printed or otherwise published.]

I reserve the right to change the terms of this notice and to make the new notice provisions effective for all PHI that I maintain.  I will provide you with a revised notice by ____mail________________ .

Ellen Bierhorst, Ph.D.