Our Staff

Thompson, Fennell & Associates is a dedicated group of practitioners who have education and expertise in a wide range of mental health areas. Our current team of therapists includes three psychologists and three individuals trained in social work and counseling at the Masters level. We provide personal, marital or family counseling, as well as consultation, testing, and  outreach services. As a team, we view relational issues as central to positive mental health, and thus emphasize interpersonal and family components involved in personal difficulties. All of our practitioners strive to provide an environment in which clients can find personal, relational, and spiritual wholeness. Thompson, Fennell & Associates is now in its thirtieth year of service in the Cincinnati area.


      Thomas S. Thompson, Ph.D.

Dr. Thompson serves as the clinical director for the practice. He has been licensed as a psychologist in Ohio since 1989 and is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Ohio Psychological Association. Dr. Thompson completed his doctoral studies at the University of Missouri, with an emphasis on marital and family issues within the field of counseling psychology. He served as an intern at the University of Notre Dame, before working in a community mental health center in northern Indiana prior to his return to the Cincinnati area.

Dr. Thompson has experience and post-graduate training in the treatment of depression, anxiety, childhood abuse, addictions, and marriage and family therapy. He has held a variety of professional positions in his life, including youth pastor, guidance counselor, director of a detention facility and community mental health clinician. He has spoken on a variety of topics for churches and civic organizations in the Cincinnati community, giving lectures on such topics as grief, addictions, parenting, as well as a variety of marital and premarital issues.

         Jeffrey W. Prather, Psy.D.

Dr. Prather is a full-time clinician at Thompson, Fennell & Associates. He specializes in working with children and adolescents and also is skilled at working with all ages, providing individual, marital, and family therapy. Dr. Prather has been a licensed psychologist since 2000, having completed his Doctorate in Psychology at Wright State School of Professional Psychology. He has worked in the field of mental health for fifteen years, with experiences that range from hospital inpatient work to community mental health and group private practice positions.

Dr. Prather’s work with youth and adults focuses on areas including anxiety, depression, attention issues, direction with life, family and marital, parenting and self-worth.  He believes in the power of listening and of client’s getting in touch with their strengths and their worth. In addition to his clinical work, he conducts seminars on topics relating to adolescents and has served as an assistant adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Prather has a passion for writing and is currently writing a series of children’s books. He is married and has three children.

  Holly Hovater Risch, ATR-BC, L.S.W.

Holly is a full time clinician at Thompson, Fennell and Associates.  She is a master’s level board-certified Art Therapist as well as a Licensed Social Worker with degrees from Wright State University and the University of Cincinnati.  She received her post-graduate training at Butler County Mental Health.  Since then, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings including in-patient hospitalization.  She has been in private practice over twenty years, serving hundreds of families as they navigate difficult phases of life.

Holly has experience in the treatment of anxiety and depression, life transitions, adjustment issues, grief and loss, relational issues, divorce recovery, identity, self-image and self-worth.  While she is experienced and skilled in traditional “talk therapy,” she is also equipped to integrate art therapy as a tool or as a focus of treatment, tailoring art-making to enhance or support the overall goals of treatment depending on the client’s needs and preferences.  Holly offers services to a broad range of ages and needs; partnering with individuals, parents, and families seeking emotional well-being and healthy relationships.

      Miranda Stowers, M.A., MFT

Miranda is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles.  She trained at the Southern California Counseling Center, providing individual, marital and family therapy, and is certified in the Community Resiliency Model for supporting people impacted by traumatic events.  Prior to joining Thompson and Associates, she spent three years serving children, adolescents and adults in mental health settings. 

Miranda has a warm, relational style and focuses on providing a safe and hopeful therapeutic environment, working together with her clients to better understand and change the thoughts and behaviors causing them pain.  She believes people who feel fully seen, heard and understood can and will find the relief and energy they need to overcome obstacles and experience true well-being.  Her specialties include anxiety and depression, attention issues, personality disorders, self harm and trauma, abuse survivors, self-identity/self-worth, grief, loss, relationship building, and both pre-marital and marital counseling.

             Jill Thompson, M.A.

Jill received her Masters degree in counseling psychology from the university of Missouri in 1987. Her teaching background from pre-school to secondary education gives her a familiarity in working with children of all ages. She also has experience working with adults in areas such as depression, anxiety, and life transitions. Jill has a commitment to marriage and family that is a matter of personal passion she brings to her professional life. She enjoys public speaking in seminars with her husband Tom on the topics of preparing for marriage, relationship issues in general, and parenting.

     Matthew Fennell, Psy.D., M.Ed. 
Dr. Fennell is a full time clinician at Thompson, Fennell and Associates.  He completed his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Regent University, and completed his predoctoral internship at Summit Psychological Services in Akron, Ohio.  He also holds a Masters in Education from Samford University, where he focused on adolescent development and experiential education.  

Dr. Fennell has experience in the treatment of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, marriage and family therapy, life transitions, adolescent life transitions, sexuality, sexual deviance, trauma, adjustment issues, grief and personality difficulties. Dr. Fennell conceptualizes clients from an attachment-based framework, valuing its emphasis on people as complex relational beings who are best understood within their own life story.  Based on individual needs and preferences, he is able to tailor treatment to incorporate a variety of evidence-based interventions.  

Dr. Fennell also provides psychological assessment for a wide range of concerns including ADHD, PTSD, personality disorders, general assessment, medical psychological evaluations (Bariatric, spinal cord stimulator, gender reassignment, organ donor, organ recipient, morphine pump, etc.), pre-employment evaluations, fitness for duty evaluations, and other forensic assessments.