Meet Our Therapists
Lee Dudley is the founder of the Equine Partnership Program and is joined by Mary Slouka, Leslie Faylor and Julia Odor.
Lee Dudley, LPC
Lee Dudley is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 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 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 over 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.
Leslie Faylor, MSW
Leslie Faylor is so honored to be part of the Equine Partnership Program team! Horses have always been an important aspect of her life. She grew up riding and showing horses in 4-H and later trained horses professionally. Her favorite aspect of training horses was working with the children, families, and adults who owned them. She would look forward to Saturdays because she knew she would see her clients which was the highlight of her week. Essentially, she was doing what she loved which was working with people and horses. She enjoyed teaching her clients how to ride horses but more importantly, she appreciated learning about her clients.
Though training horses was a very fulfilling job, she decided to expand her knowledge and go to school to obtain her B.A. in psychology with a minor in criminal justice from MSU Denver. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she continued her education and received her Master of Social Work degree from MSU Denver. When she completed her MSW degree, she began working as a school social worker where she works with students with disabilities as well as behavioral and emotional challenges.
She has always wanted to combine the benefits of horses with mental health and EPP provides this opportunity! At EPP, her clients learn skills to manage their emotions, behaviors, increase self-awareness, and acquire advanced problem solving skills. EPP is a wonderful place to work and observe clients reach their full potential!
Julia is a theraputic riding 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 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 experience with kids who struggle with mental health, autistic disorders, learning
disabilities, hyperactivity, behavioral and sensory perception issues.