Meet our Licensed Professionals

Jason Ledlie - Equine Psychotherapist
Jason is a lifelong horse enthusiast and has a deep passion for helping those who cross his path.  Growing up Jason never missed an opportunity to get involved with any activity relating to horses.  And as a psychology student at Texas A&M, chose to fill as many science and elective credits on his degree plan as possible with Equine Science courses offered through A&Ms renowned Department of Animal Science.  He has taught horsemanship, worked on a dude ranch, given riding lessons and following graduate school, became involved in the Andalusian breed as a breeder. In fact, a stallion that he produced has a National Champion title from 2014.  Jason has also undergone training with several equine assisted therapy programs including The Horse Boy Foundation, The O.K. Corral Series and Unbridled Faith Farms and is now finishing up a year-long post-graduate "Equine-Assisted Mental Health Practitioner" program at the University of Denver.
In his therapeutic work, he strives to create an environment that allows his clients to center-out, to breathe, to explore, to undertake, to dare, to dream, to change course, and to reconnect. As a would-be-adventurer, he looks forward to embarking on uncharted paths with his clients.   Jason says “I absolutely love what I do! In journeying alongside my client, my hope is that they’re able to look around and exclaim “everything is in its right place.”

Jason is a warm, kind, and genuine person who is also an international adoptive parent.

Jason has seen over and over again how using horses in therapeutic work can open doors and help in the healing process and says “equine-assisted psychotherapy is an approach of particular interest and one I am happy to be able to offer!”

 

Amy Sugeno, LCSW, Certified Ecotherapist, worked as a wildlife biologist for over 16 years, mostly studying birds and bats throughout Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. Over the years, she noticed how healing, restorative, and transformative nature can be for people. Now as a therapist, Amy integrates ecotherapy, or nature-based therapies, along with conventional talk therapies into the healing process of her clients. She has worked with various non-profit agencies, including the Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center and Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center, for the past 10 years with adults and older teens affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse. Amy has a private practice in Marble Falls, Texas, where she works with clients who are struggling with PTSD and secondary trauma. As both an adoptive mom and adopted person, she also works with people who are struggling with issues surrounding adoption and attachment trauma as well as parents who are raising a child who has experienced trauma.

Meet our Equestrian Professionals

Jereny Johnson, Director of Equestrian Programs
Jereny is a seasoned equestrian, comes from a family of horse professionals and has been riding and showing professionally for over 25 years.  Jereny started riding in Colorado as a young child in Quarter Horse, 4-H and rodeo.  When she moved to Texas she began competing in western pleasure, trail, and hunter under saddle.  Throughout her career, she has shown on the Paint and Quarter Horse circuit in all-around events including Western Pleasure, Trail, Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Equitation, Halter, and Showmanship.  She has also competed in the American Competitive Trail Horse Association events and has shown at Paint World and won multiple circuit champion awards.   She has spent a great deal of time breaking and training young horses and working with problem horses using natural methods.  In other words, she is a true horse professional.  Jereny has taught horsemanship and riding for a number of years and really enjoys working with horses and people alike.   She has an extremely broad knowledge of horses and enjoys sharing her knowledge as she is interacting with her clients.

Julie A. Biggs, PATH International Certified Instructor
Julie is a true Texan and has spent almost her entire life in and around the Texas Hill Country.   Julie grew up loving horses and has been around them since she was a teenager.  As an adult, she started showing cutting horses and knows only too well the value of having a horse as a true companion.  Julie has always enjoyed helping children and adults alike and as a mother of three, has a true nurturing nature.   In 2008, Julie teamed up with Jennifer Kaut M. Ed at Inspire Behavior to put together a therapeutic riding program for children with autism and other special needs. In 2011, Julie obtained her PATH Int’l Instructor Certification and has continued to work with special needs clients.

 Julie continues to spend time in the community helping those that need her help and has volunteered for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate of Abused and Neglected Children) since 2006.    

Julie is currently working towards her degree in psychology.