Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services: 
Catalyst Counseling

We want all of our students to be healthy and ready to learn, and we recognize that strong mental health and wellness play a vital role in a student's growth and success. Students who are struggling with stress, anxiety or other concerns cannot focus on school work. That's why Plains Junior School partners with Catalyst Counseling to help increase student access to high quality and affordable mental healthcare. 

The partnership is made possible by the district's partnership with MindPeace, a non-profit that serves as a catalyst for connecting its network of professional mental health providers with schools. After a rigorous needs assessment and interview process, we identified Catalyst Counseling as our partner.

Learn more about Lakota's partnership with MindPeace.

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Meet Our Therapists

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Dana Auer
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Dana Auer is a licensed social worker in the state of Ohio. Dana received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science at Ohio State University. She then earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at Case Western Reserve University, as well as her certification in school social work at Baldwin Wallace University.

Dana has been working with children of all ages for over twenty years in a variety of diverse settings. She began her career in Lakota Local Schools serving the East side of the district as a school social worker for students in grades K - 12. Dana subsequently continued her career working at Brightview Health as a clinical counselor serving individuals in substance abuse recovery. Dana then went on to work for Catalyst Counseling where she continues her professional career at Lakota Schools as the Lead School-based therapist for the district.

Dana works with children, adolescents, and families and utilizes a strength-based, client-centered approach.  Dana believes that every client has the potential to be successful and will work to empower her clients and help them identify the tools they need to achieve their individualized goals. Dana is sensitive to cultural differences and the influence it has on relationships and interactions with others.
Dana is especially attuned to family dynamics and how it affects a child's behavior and ability to cope with stress and anxiety. Areas of expertise include: anxiety, depression, LGBTQ, substance abuse issues, parenting, social skills and trauma.

In Dana’s spare time, she enjoys being with her husband, two children, ages 11 and 14, 
and their family cat and dog. Dana is a frequent volunteer at her children’s respective schools and in animal rescues. Dana is a Cincinnati native and is a die-hard Skyline lover.


Liza Lyman

Liza Lyman
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Liza Lyman is a licensed master-level social worker in the state of Ohio. She is trained as an Advanced Leader of The Seven Challenges, a substance abuse treatment curriculum. Liza earned her master's degree in Social Work, and bachelor's degrees in psychology and criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati.

In the therapeutic setting, Liza strives to create a comfortable and welcoming environment while empowering individuals to feel in control of their lives and changes. She has spent the last five years in Cincinnati working with populations involved in the criminal justice system, including youth and adults. Liza has a great deal of experience and training in trauma-related therapy, including SITCAP (Structured Sensory Interventions for Traumatized Children, Adolescents, and Parents).

Outside of therapy and social work, Liza spends her time with her family and young children. She also loves reading, exploring new music, and being stumped by brain teasers!