Mental Wellness Services

Last Updated: 10/21/2021 6:31 PM


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 Highland Elementary 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.

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 Family Support Specialist:

Amanda White

513-868-5620 ext. 7976


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:

Anthem, United Healthcare/UMR, Caresource, Molina, Paramount, Buckeye, Aetna Medicaid, Multiplan, Humana, Humana Military

Contact Sharon:

(513) 2593-4998

Sharon Wise, MSW, LISW-S

When a child struggles in school behaviorally, emotionally or academically, it can cause significant stress within the family unit, as well as having lifelong effects on the child. Witnessing these struggles in children and their families, led Sharon to become passionate about supporting children in their school environment.

Sharon is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the State of Ohio. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in a wide array of settings, including inpatient psychiatric units, outpatient mental health centers, community outreach, and school-based settings. She specializes in treating behavioral disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, and ADD/ADHD. Sharon also has a special interest in the wellness and self-care of educators. In her work as a school-based therapist, she has observed the high demands and stress that teaching can bring. In response to this, she sought out significant training and developed a Teacher Support and Wellness Program. It is currently being offered to all school districts that Catalyst serves, and has been very well received.

Sharon earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Xavier University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati. Through her many years of clinical experience, Sharon realized that a positive school experience can lead to a lifetime of success. Her hope is to partner with children and their families to help them find that success.

In her time away from work, Sharon enjoys raising three kids who keep her joyfully and exhaustively busy.



Insurances Accepted:

Caresource, United Healthcare/UMR, Medical Mutual, Buckeye, Molina, Paramount, Cigna, Anthem

Contact Abby:

(513) 360-8859

Abby West, MSW, LSW

Abby West is a Licensed Social Worker who is entering her second year of school-based counseling. Abby has a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati and an Associate's of Arts degree with a Social Science Focus from Miami University.

In her undergraduate internship, Abby worked for an organization that provides support and respite to caregivers of children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. In her graduate internship, Abby worked at Butler Behavioral Health Services, a community mental health agency in Middletown, and worked with a variety of clients of different ages and backgrounds. Abby has been at Highland Elementary since the beginning of last school year and enjoys that school-based work allows for collaboration with school personnel.

Abby enjoys both non-directive and directive play therapy techniques, as well as mindfulness and strengths-based work. In the future, Abby hopes to gain her independent license and work towards a certification in play therapy. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, spending time outdoors, going to concerts, and hanging out with friends and family.  


Insurances Accepted:

Anthem, Cigna, Caresource, UHC/UMR, Medical Mutual

Contact Kelly:

(513) 788-3979

Kelly Fisher MSW, LSW

Kelly Fisher is a Licensed Social Worker for Catalyst Counseling, LLC working in the Hamilton City School District. Kelly received her Masters of Social Work from Miami University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

During her undergraduate internship, Kelly worked for Focus on Youth, a foster care agency, providing trauma-informed care, case management, and support services to children in foster care and their foster families. Kelly also has experience working with children through her volunteer experiences working with children with disabilities and through the college program College Mentors for Kids. During Kelly's graduate level internship, she interned here at Highland Elementary providing mental health services to students.

Kelly is passionate about engaging and working with children. She is super excited to continue to support the students in the Hamilton School District. Kelly enjoys using both non-directive and directive play therapy techniques, as well as strengths-based work. In the future, Kelly hopes to gain a certification in play therapy and her independent license. In her free time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her friends and family, going outdoors, and baking yummy treats.