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 Ridge Junior 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

Stephanie Vanyo, LPCC for Ridge JuniorStephanie Vanyo

Stephanie Vanyo is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), who received her master’s in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Cincinnati in 2016. This is her third year working in a school-based setting, and she enjoys supporting students through the social, emotional, and academic difficulties that come with the transition to junior high.

Stephanie utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which focuses on teaching students how to understand the connection between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, but also loves incorporating mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and creative therapy techniques. Stephanie believes it is imperative that students gain a better understanding of themselves and learn to independently manage their emotions, particularly in the adolescent years, when students are forming their identities and working through life changes.

headshot of tonyTony Gargano

Anthony Gargano is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Ohio. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Cincinnati Christian University. He has been working in the mental health field for over eight years supporting children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings including outpatient, intensive day treatment, in-home, detention centers, and school. Anthony believes that mental and emotional health is vital to overall well being and his goal is to help individuals attain a greater quality of life.

Aside from counseling, Anthony is a music producer and enjoys writing and recording music with local artists at his home studio. You can catch him occasionally playing guitar with some local bands at festivals and venues across the city. He also enjoys cooking tacos and breakfast food, eating way too much skyline, traveling, and spending time with his wife and two sons.