Meet Our Therapists
Lee Dudley is the founder of the Equine Partnership Program and is joined by Mary Slouka and Julia Odor.
Lee Dudley, LPC
Lee Dudley is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 17 years of experience. She specializes in treating trauma and attachment issues. She is also passionate about helping parents of behaviorally disturbed teens, women who are experiencing divorce and depression, along with helping those who have experienced grief and loss. She incorporates a powerful blend of wisdom, practical skills, hope, and humor in therapy. Lee is committed to helping adults find and recover their sense of purpose and drive in life.
Lee earned a Master’s degree in counseling from the University of Colorado and Regis University. She finished a certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Florida University of Technology and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Lee also has specialized training in EMDR.
Lee is the founder and executive director of the Equine Partnership Program for 12 years and provides trauma counseling to individual clients as well as developing programs for the Denver Public Schools and Temple Grandin Equine Center. Lee can attest to the incredible power utilizing horses in the therapeutic process and has seen incredible breakthroughs in the healing process through it.
Lee is an award-winning horsewoman and the proud mother of three teenagers and brings the life experience of single parenting to her counseling practice.
Mary Slouka CTRI, ES
Mary has been a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) for 25 years. She works within the Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) model. This model is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. Mary has experience with many disabilities. She specializes in the elderly, dementia for patient and caregiver. Through the years, she has continuously seen the value of a horse for therapy. Equine Assisted Therapy with Mary is a fun, laid-back activity where clients learn responsibility, communication, confidence, problem solving skills and so much more. She also assists Lee Dudley with groups and is a trained Equine Specialist in Mental Health (ES). She is a trained Stephen Minister. Mary has a BS in Agricultural Business with a concentration in equine sciences. Mary has ridden horses for most of her life and has dabbled in most disciplines, but her primary passion is trail riding.
Julia is a theraputic riding and vaulting instructor from Hungary, Europe. She specializes in special needs development for children using horses by doing activities both on the ground and under saddle. She is a certified theraputic riding and vaulting instructor from the Hungarian Equine therapy Confederation (Magyar Lovasterápia Szövetség). This Confederation is part of the HETI-Horses in Education and Therapy International. She trained under Octavia Brown a NARHA founder (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) now called PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International)
She is trained in both show jumping and dressage.
Julia believes the positive mental, physical and psychological effects of horseback riding and activities around horses. Children can learn responsibility, self confidence, success and social skills during the therapy sessions.
Julia has experiences with kids who have mental problem, autistic disorder, learning
disabilities, hyperactivity, behavioral and sensory perception (see, hear, speak) problems.