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Lisa D'Alessio

Mental Health Specialist

Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia whose passion for people and culture naturally translated into her 10+ year career in mental health. After receiving her BA in American Cultural Studies and Anthropology from Bates College in 2003 she began her career as a volunteer for a domestic violence and sexual abuse hotline and later worked at a shelter for victims for domestic violence. She became a Nationally Certified Counselor in 2008, earned her MA in Community Counseling from Marymount University in 2009 and became licensed to practice in the state of Virginia in 2012 following the completion of a 4,000 hour post graduate residency.

 

Lisa spends her free time pursuing her life-long love of horseback riding.

Lisa is certified in the EAGALA model of therapy.

Sergio Ivan Cueto

Mental Health Specialist

Sergio has over 20 years’ experience in social services/private practice as a bi-lingual (Spanish/English) marriage and family therapist working with a variety of individuals, children, families and couples from different backgrounds presenting issues ranging from domestic violence and substance abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), to school and family issues. He focuses on short-term, solution-oriented therapy.

After receiving his Masters in Family and Child Development with clinical in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Virginia Tech, Sergio obtained his LMFT in 2006.

 

Sergio lives in Warrenton with his wife and family and is a professional fire fighter for a local jurisdiction.

Autumn Rae

Equine Specialist

Autumn has been working with high level competition horses and rescue horses for a lifetime.  She grew up apprenticing with natural horsemanship guru, Durlene Meck. She has gone on to train in the United States and Germany with Olympic greats in the sport of eventing. She also spent many years working as a facilitator and consultant in team and personal development programs, primarily facilitating ropes courses and other outdoor adventure activities. As Autumn began to provide private riding lessons, she noticed that working with horses gave her clientele many of the same personal growth and learning opportunities that the outdoor adventure programs had, often, with even more positive results.

 

In 2009, Autumn began focusing on established programs in Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) at Prescott College in Arizona. The riding and personal growth programs that she has conducted mirrored growing evidence from programs around the world showing that EAL and EAP can offer many benefits both to individuals and to society.

 

Autumn is certified in the EAGALA model of therapy.

Mary Fox

Equine Specialist

Mary has been involved in riding and working around horses all of her life. From owning her first Quarter Horse in middle school to working with her eventer daughter Amanda, Mary has seen the power of horses. Mary knows that horses make her happy, they heal her, and she knows that they can do the same for others. Mary’s goal for her career as an Equine Specialist is to facilitate that process through Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). With EAP Mary will be able to use her lifelong knowledge and passion for horses to assist people in healing.

 

Prior to a career as an Equine Specialist, Mary co-founded Tenacity Solutions Incorporated in 2003. Under her leadership Tenacity Solutions grew from a small IT startup to a successful mid-tier information technology firm that was actively acquired by Computer Science Corporation in the summer of 2014.

Mary believes that combining her entrepreneurial spirit with her corporate and academic backgrounds uniquely qualifies her to help build and grow the HEAL foundation.

 

Mary has been certified as an Equine Specialist since 2015.