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

Melissa Carmichael

Melissa Carmichael 
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Melissa Carmichael is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who received her master’s degree from Northern Kentucky University in 2013. She has worked as a school based therapist for over eight years in various schools in the Greater Cincinnati area. Melissa values the importance of access to mental health support within the school environment and works with students to help them overcome social, emotional and academic difficulties.

Melissa utilizes a variety of modalities in therapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy, while also using creative and expressive techniques to individualize treatment for each student. Melissa recognizes the importance of the developmental years of adolescence and will continue to advocate for students to succeed socially, emotionally and academically.

Melissa likes playing sand volleyball and cheering on Cincinnati sports teams. She loves traveling and has a goal to visit all 30 Major League Baseball ballparks.

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Brittany Judd 
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I have worked in a behavioral school for a year and half. During that time, I worked with high schoolers as well as middle schoolers. At the school, I provided both individual and group therapy to help the students with emotional regulations skills, healthy coping skills, healthy boundaries, healthy ways to communicate especially emotions, and problem solving skills. I have worked four years as a substance abuse counselor. During that time, I worked with adults to have a healthy recovery from substance abuse where I provided both individual and group therapy.