Our Team

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KATHERINE L. MIDDLETON, LCSW

Owner/Therapist

I am a mental health therapist that specializes in Trauma. I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. I have been providing therapeutic services to a diverse population since graduating in 2011.

My career path and personal journey has led me to focus primarily on trauma due to a personal experience from a traumatic event, a car accident, and witnessing the effects of trauma on military individuals and their families. My parents served in the Air Force for 30 years allowing me to be raised in diverse environments, travel all over the country, and witness the impact of PTSD and trauma.

I have worked in many therapeutic settings with various populations. The common factor tends to be trauma related. I provide an environment that is non-judgmental, inviting, and laid back. I am human with human emotions and experiences. I believe in being relatable, normalizing, and validating experiences, feelings, and situations. I understand the demands of life and recognize seeking help is hard at times and requires you to place trust in someone with your hurts, pains, and secrets. I want you to know that my role is to make you feel safe and comfortable in a non-judgmental environment. My team is dedicated to being of services to you.

I currently provide therapeutic support to local human trafficking agency. I am a team member with the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board.

 
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LEILA GOODPASTER, LPCA

Therapist

I am encouraged to be a part of Lionheart Trauma Support Services, LLC. I have worked in mental health for the past 10 years. It has been my professional experience that most of us have went through some form of trauma. It is important to know and emphasis that trauma comes in different forms and can affect everyone differently. This is why when working with clients; sessions are always geared to client specific needs.

I have experience utilizing Trauma Informed Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and have recently been expanding my knowledge in Accelerated Resolution Therapy. Not only do I have knowledge on how to assist clients with issues they are facing, but I also have had real life experiences dealing and overcoming life stressors of my own.

My approach is laid-back and down to earth, and the sessions are very much directed by the client. We all have things that we may struggle with from time to time, and it is important to find a professional that you can relate to when you need help. Like my counseling style, I am laid- back and a non- judgmental individual. We do not have to live with these intrusive images, and thoughts. We do not have to continue to feel irritable or unmotivated. We can gain control of ourselves. When seeking mental health services, we can reduce symptoms.

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Benjamin W. Arnold, M.A., LPCC-S, NCC

Therapist

Are you worried about your child’s struggles with ADHD, anger, anxiety, and low self-esteem? Is your teenager’s depression or oppositional behavior out of control? Would you like to improve communication within your family and learn more effective ways of resolving conflict? I’m here to help!

I have been providing counseling and crisis intervention services to children, adolescents, adults, and families across central and eastern Kentucky since 2007. I specialize in family therapy, parenting education, and helping children (ages 3-12) and teenagers navigate emotional and behavioral difficulties. I am also a Board-approved clinical supervisor for Licensed Professional Counselor Associates.

I approach counseling from a solution-focused perspective. I am dedicated to helping my clients and their families identify their strengths and working with them to use those strengths as building blocks for growth and healing. I have been trained in a number of evidence-based treatment modalities including Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI). I frequently collaborate with schools, physicians, court system personnel, and other service providers to ensure coordination and continuity of care.

I earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Asbury University. I also completed a year-long trauma-focused therapy learning collaborative through the University of Kentucky’s Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training Institute and Yale University’s Child Study Center. Since 2015, I have served as an adjunct instructor of psychology at Asbury University and have taught courses in Developmental Psychology, Psychology and Everyday Life, and Psychology of Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood.

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Jessie Dayton, LPCA

Therapist

I, too, am a mental health therapist. I received my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Cincinnati Christian University. I have been providing mental health services since graduating in 2015.

I particularly enjoy working with adolescents, helping them navigate their unique obstacles to becoming self-aware, emotionally whole adults. I also have experience working with diverse populations and diagnoses. I aim to provide a comfortable, welcoming therapy environment that is accepting of all. I tend to be a laid-back individual, and you will quickly see this transfers over into my therapy style. We are all human beings and deal with a wide range of emotions on a regular basis. My job is to allow you a safe place to explore negative emotions, find more effective ways of coping with them, and reduce their control over your life.

Therapy is directed by the client and catered to their individual needs. I use a variety of therapy models, including aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I am also in the process of becoming certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy to use with client’s suffering from trauma.

Reaching out to someone for help can be a very difficult first step – but that’s what the Lionheart team is here for!

I currently accept all forms of Kentucky Medicaid. I am also eligible to receive referrals from the city of Lexington’s Employment Assistance Program.

 
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Cat Toledo, LPCA

Therapist

My name is Cat Toledo and I am originally from Western North Carolina. I received my master’s in counseling from Western Carolina University in 2019. I have been working in mental health for at least 5 years, and have experience working with all ages in areas such as trauma, anxiety, depression, personality disorders and addiction. I have experience utilizing dialectical behavioral therapy, solution focused behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and working through a trauma informed lens. As a therapist, my goal is to provide a comfortable and empowering space for each client to feel welcome and safe. I strive to provide a judgement free atmosphere that promotes positive change and growth, led by the client. I would love to meet with you to discuss how I can be helpful to you in this moment on your journey through life.

 
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Elizabeth Williams

Case Manager

I am a case manager here at Lionheart. My job is to help link individuals and families with services in the community. I am very excited to be part of this wonderful team. My goal is to be a part of your support team and positively impact lives.

I graduated from Campbellsville University with a degree in Social Work. I worked for the state doing child protect for 2 years before changing directions to work with children with disabilities. I just started working with Lionheart in July and I’m greatly enjoying the what I am doing.

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Logan Howe

Administrative Assistant

I graduated with a degree in Fire Science and Business. I have worked in the medical field and office administration for many years. I enjoy helping others, spending time with my child, reading and traveling. I have experienced a great deal of trauma in my life and when I was offered the opportunity to work in a trauma based practice that helps kids, and people of all ages I knew it was exactly what I would love to do. I help the therapists and clients with administrative tasks and scheduling clients as well as marketing. I look forward to working with you soon.

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Amanda Baker

Director of Digital Marketing

I have over 20 years of graphic design and website building experience and have created logos, web, and print materials for individuals and companies nationwide.

After serving 9 years in the military, I looked for a change and entered the medical field as a Nationally Certified Medical Assistant(NCMA) and Healthcare Administrator. Enjoying the opportunity to be a positive light in people's lives moved me to begin focusing on volunteer and nonprofit work. I was able to use my experience in administration, internet protocols, SEOs, graphic/web design and writing to create and promote nonprofit fundraising events for multiple organizations, secure grants, and increase their feedback and interaction from the public. I have held a board position and served as Trustee for my local Veteran's Museum, sat on the advisory board at Warrior Woman United, and currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Hinton Hope Foundation. I am excited to work with a company that has true heart and I look forward to contributing to the growth and outreach of Lionheart Trauma Support Services, LLC.