Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services: 
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

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 Lakota West High School partners with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center 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 Cincinnati Children's as our partner.


Learn more about Lakota's partnership with MindPeace

Meet Our Therapists

Gail Rizzo, therapist for West High School

Gail Rizzo
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Gail has been a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor (LPCC-S) since 2003 and serves students at both Lakota West campuses, in addition to the Career Readiness Academy. Gail has additional credentials in Play Therapy and Chemical Dependency Counseling. She loves to utilize creative and expressive therapies in her practice.

Gail has a passion for helping adolescents understand their brain and how they can help themselves grow into healthy emotional development. Gail loves getting to be a part of the Lakota School District and is enjoying getting to see the high-schoolers grow into the best version of themselves.


Ellen Diersing
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Beginning Aug. 1, Ellen will serve students at both Lakota West campuses. Full bio COMING SOON!

Alexandra Dokas
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Beginning Aug. 1, Alex will serve students at Lakota West's freshman campus. Full bio COMING SOON!