LeKeshia Blanton

The Trauma of Poverty: An Exploration of the Impact of Poverty on Mental Health

LaKeshia Blanton is a 2014 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s of Science in Family Studies and a 2020 graduate of Spalding University with a Master’s in Social Work. Ms. Blanton is a Doctor of Social Work Candidate at the University of Kentucky with a completion date of May 2023.

Ms. Blanton obtained her Certified Social Worker licensure in 2020 per the Kentucky Board of Social Work regulations. She is approaching her third year working with Bluegrass Counseling Associates, LLC. as a Behavioral Health Professional working with both adults and adolescents/children diagnosed with severe mental illness or severe emotional disturbance. At this agency, Ms. Blanton provides individual, group, and family therapy utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Grief Counseling, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Ms. Blanton continues to be a pillar within the social work community assisting individuals during some of their most vulnerable times. She continues to build upon her experiences and research within the social work field, currently focusing on poverty within the Black community and the effects that it has on mental health.

Ms. Blanton is honored to service the Louisville Community as a social worker. Throughout her professional career, Ms. Blanton has worked in a number of capacities bridging the gap between individuals and communities. She has worked with individuals involved with Child Protective Services, Home and Community Based Waiver programs in Kentuckiana, outpatient/community mental health agencies, crisis stabilization units, psychiatric hospitals, and school social work settings.