Mental Wellness Services

Last Updated: 10/21/2021 11:19 AM


Hamilton City School district places a strong emphasis on social, emotional, and behavioral health in order to positively impact learning and life. 

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 Hamilton High School - Main Campus 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 Counselingas our partner.

Students who exhibit some of the behaviors below may benefit from some extra help. Some of these behaviors may not be as obvious as others, but they may be a symptom of some underlying mental health issues.

  • Avoidant, anxious, or clingy towards teachers or caregivers

  • General fearfulness/sudden new fears that are not developmentally appropriate

  • Excessive worry or preoccupation

  • Many complaints of aches and pains - especially if there is a pattern to the complaints

  • Sadness/depression

  • Decreased interest in friends or activities

  • A consistent irritable mood

  • A decline in grades

  • Lack of motivation or energy

  • Bully behaviors or those who are the victim of bullies

  • Aggressive behavior

  • Helplessness, passive, or low frustration tolerance

  • Restless, impulsive, hyperactive

  • Inattention, often seem as if they are daydreaming

  • Sexualized behavior

  • Poor peer relationships and social problems

  • Doesn’t seem to understand others’ feelings

  • Absenteeism

  • Increased sensitivity to sensory inputs (bells, door slams, physical contact, etc)

  • Bathroom issues after a developmentally appropriate time

  • Defiant, oppositional behaviors that go beyond what is developmentally appropriate and that are chronic and problematic

  • A recent death or major loss in the family

  • Divorce

  • Chaotic or unstable home lives

  • History of trauma or abuse

Please contact your student's academic advisor. Contact information is below:

Class of 2022 (last name)

Class of 2023 (last name)      

Class of 2024 (last name)

Lisa Caudill (A - K)
[email protected]
(513) 887-4811

Welty, Sara (A - K)
[email protected]
(513) 887-4812

Kelsey Kigar (A - K)
[email protected]
(513) 887-4836

Megan Wheat (L - Z)
[email protected]
(513) 868-4492

Kristy Margerum (L - Z)
[email protected]
(513) 868-4494

Molly Gifford (L-Z)
[email protected]
(513) 887-4807



Mental Health Services and Immediate Assistance

With the safety and well-being of our students as a top priority, we recognize that strong mental health plays a vital role in a student's growth and success.

If a person needs immediate assistance:

Pediatric Mental Health Urgent Care
  Best Point Behavioral Health: (513)5 527-3040

Immediate Crisis Response and Consultation
  Mobile Response Stabilization Service: 844-427-4747

Consultation Support and Referral/Intake
  Children's Hospital Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC): (513) 636-4124

Crisis Numbers
   National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 
   Butler County Crisis Hotline: 844-427-4747 or 911
   Ohio Crisis Text Line: Text 4HOPE to 741741

Meet Our Therapists  


Insurances Accepted:

Medical Mutual, UHC/UMR, Caresource, Anthem

Contact Carleigh:

(513) 739-5161

Carleigh Chatifled, MSW, LISW-S

Carleigh Chatfield is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the state of Ohio. Since graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a Master’s in Social Work, Carleigh has served individuals and families from all walks of life. She has worked in various settings including inpatient and outpatient behavioral health programs, victims of human trafficking, outpatient alcohol, and drug treatment programs, school-based mental health therapy, as well as hospice and palliative care.

By providing a safe, non-judgmental space to explore thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, Carleigh helps clients to work towards their goals. Carleigh utilizes a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches to provide individualized care tailored to meet the client where they are and to empower them to live a life they are excited to wake up to.

Carleigh believes that when physicians, school personnel, teachers, parents, court systems, and mental health professionals collaborate together, it yields the best results for our youth. She is thrilled to work in a school-based setting to address the many issues that challenge our youth today.

In her free time, Carleigh enjoys spending time with her family and obsessing over every dog she sees.


Insurances Accepted:

United Healthcare/UMR, Caresource, Medical Mutual, Anthem, Cigna

Contact Lindsay:

[email protected]

(937) 728-7557

Lindsay Cook, BSW, LSW

Lindsay is a Licensed Social Worker enjoying her tenth year of school-based counseling. Lindsay graduated from Bowling Green State University in with her Bachelors in Social Work, specified in Adolescent Psychology. From there she began working with adolescent youth through the courts and school districts, gaining experience in how to do life alongside children with big hearts and big behaviors.

Lindsay specializes in ED behaviors, as her previous years have been spent working alongside children and teens with trauma backgrounds. She is very familiar with anxiety, depression, anger management, ADHD, mood disorders, family conflict, grief, adjustment disorders, sexuality, low self-esteem, and more.

Lindsay absolutely loves her career; did you see the part where she has been doing it for 10 years! She believes teenagers are the bombdotcom and is already rooting for you. 

Lindsay just recently got married; she loves good music, fashion, and Coca-Cola. Lindsay and her husband have several tattoos, play basketball, and both get the privilege of molding kids into young adults for a living.

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Insurances Accepted:

United Healthcare/UMR, Caresource, Medical Mutual, Anthem, Cigna

Contact Jessica:

[email protected]

(606) 264-1642

Jessica Burford, LPC

Jessica is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Ohio. Jessica earned her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia as well as her bachelor’s in psychology. Jessica is passionate about working with adolescents, adults, and anybody in need. Throughout her time in the counseling field, Jessica has experience in a variety of settings including private practice, community mental health, and medical hospitals.

Jessica believes in client-centered counseling based on connecting and assisting each client work towards their individual goals. She does this by utilizing a positive approach that incorporates techniques such as mindfulness, acceptance, and SMART goals. Jessica believes in empowering her clients so that they can grow and heal. She does this by creating a safe and non-judgmental environment and building a strong therapeutic relationship.

When Jessica is not counseling, she enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, and being active.