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 Union Elementary 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

Meet Our Therapist

Amy Hall
Amy Hall (Vermeersch)
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Amy Hall (Vermeersch) is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Ohio who works with families and children of all ages. She earned her master’s degree from Xavier University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Amy previously earned her bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University in Elementary Education. She grew up in Mason but has enjoyed living in different parts of the country. Amy taught fifth grade in St. Louis and third grade in Las Vegas and here in Ohio. She is excited to combine her love of teaching and knowledge of the school system with her enthusiasm for helping others explore their mental health.

Amy has experience helping clients in an age range from two years old through adulthood. She has worked at a variety of settings such as community mental health agencies, school-based counseling, preschools, and daycares. Amy has experience working with issues revolving around anxiety, depression, ADHD, LGBTQ+ challenges, trauma, adjustment issues, and attachment issues related to foster children and their families. Her approach to therapy emphasizes play therapy techniques while incorporating elements of cognitive behavioral therapy and person centered therapy. She is working towards her professional goal of becoming a Registered Play Therapist.

In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and two poodles, playing board games, planning trips to her favorite place (Disney World), and attending Cincinnati Ballet performances with her dad.


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Lauren Dole
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Lauren Doyle is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in the state of Ohio. Lauren grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Xavier University. Next, she went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a Certification in Mental Health from the University of Pittsburgh.

She has experience working with clients of all ages. Lauren began her career working for a foster care agency and has a passion for counseling children of all ages who have experienced trauma. Lauren has experience counseling children in an office setting, a school setting, and in a Partial Hospitalization Program. Additionally, Lauren has worked with adults who have experienced trauma, Depression, and Anxiety. Lauren utilizes an eclectic approach with elements of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Play Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Overall, Lauren enjoys instilling hope in her clients’ futures and helping them meet their goals to live healthier lives.

While she is not working, Lauren enjoys participating in outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Lauren was married in July of 2020 and enjoys decorating her new home and working on home projects with her husband.