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 continued her career on the Mom/Baby unit at Good Samaritan Hospital as a perinatal social worker, assisting new mothers with parenting education, resources, and community support. Dana’s most recent experience was working at Brightview Health as a clinical counselor serving individuals in substance abuse recovery.

With Dana’s extensive background in education and social work she has a passion for counseling in a school-based setting so that she can support not only children and their families, but also teachers and staff.

In Dana’s spare time, she enjoys being with her husband, two children, and their family cat and dog. Dana is a frequent volunteer at her children’s respective schools and sporting activities. 

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Ashley Campbell
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Ashley Campbell is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Ohio who works with teens and their families. She is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and also utilizes mindfulness-based interventions with her clients. Dialectical Behavioral

Therapy is particularly useful when working with teens because of its focus on learning how to manage everyday problems effectively using coping skills, mindfulness, and acceptance, as well as learning how to emotionally regulate.

Ashley received her bachelor’s degree from Miami University where she obtained a B.A. in Creative Writing. Because of this, she is passionate about teaching teens how to utilize journaling and creative outlets as coping skills. Following her bachelor’s degree, Ashley earned her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Xavier University. Prior to 
working at Catalyst Counseling, Ashley worked with women who were suffering from the effects of trauma and substance abuse. Learning that many of her clients experienced trauma in their teens and subsequently began abusing substances at that time, Ashley desired to help teens build strong and healthy coping skills in adolescence. The daughter of an educator, Ashley knows the importance of supporting teachers, staff, and families who work hard to develop student success both in and out of the classroom.