StarrLee Heady M.A., LMHC, EAGALA Advanced, CHA II
StarrLee Heady has spent a lifetime in the saddle and working with horses. She is a certified riding instructor at level II in both English and Western disciplines through the Certified Horsemanship Association. She continues to add to her experience with horses through riding time, clinics, and new experiences as well as through Equine Assisted/Facilitated mental health practices. During a short-term move to Rhode Island, due to her husband’s selection for the Naval War College, StarrLee began playing amateur arena polo with that institution’s team. She is currently a Certified Instructor with Richie Wingfield Horsemanship (www.richiewingfield.com).
StarrLee is the co-deveopler and co-trainer of FEAR-Less Horsemanship TM
StarrLee Heady is the granddaughter of homesteaders, raised along the Montana-Wyoming border, and in the midst of a profound sense place and community. She is a U.S. Navy wife, mother of 4, an experienced equestrian, and a pioneer by heritage and behavior. Family, friends, co-workers and clients alike know her tenacity and resourcefulness.
StarrLee is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida. She has also passed the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) national certification exam. Ms. Heady is a member of the American Counselors Association and the American Psychological Association. She is a full range therapist with experience in individual, children, family, group, substance abuse, employee assistance, corporate training, and many other mental health issues. Ms. Heady is qualified to provide mental health counseling in traditional settings as well as specializing in Equine Interactive Counseling and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. She has attained Level III/Advanced certification through the Equine Assisted Growth And Learning Association (EAGALA) as well as being a past Clinical Program Director, current Mentor, and Trainer, for the EAGALA organization.
StarrLee will complete her doctorate and publish a dissertation on Equine Assisted/Facilitated Mental Health practices in the coming year. She has published a manual on utilizing Equine Interactive Counseling and Equine Assisted growth and learning activities in parent training and counseling groups. Ms. Heady has written several articles concerning Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and published a story in the book, Chicken Soup For The Horse Lover’s Soul. She has presented to local and national audiences concerning the utility and effectiveness of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and will continue to add to the field of knowledge.
Ms. Heady has served in the past as a board member with the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association (EFMHA). She also supports the TRAVERSE (traversekids.org) organization as a past board member and volunteer in their work with abused and traumatized children through Equine Assisted programming.
Ms. Heady presented to a national audience in 2004 and again in 2005 when she lectured on the utilization of Equine Assisted Growth And Learning activities for parenting programs, and in 2006 she presented the use of Equine Assisted models in Diversity Training, at the National EAGALA conference. She presented again to the National EAGALA conference in March of 2008 with Equine Specialist Chandra R. Gribble with the N.I.C.K.E.R.R. program and group facilitation skills in the arena.
StarrLee has learned to manage a life of diversity and change with energy, grace and insight. Her ability to adapt and manage in different climates and cultures has enhanced her ability to connect with people on both a personal and professional level.
Douglas E. Heady M.A.
Mr. Heady is a Naval Flight Officer and a dedicated family man who has supported PX Equine Enterprises in every way. He is often the muscle behind physical improvements and the spirit behind his wife, StarrLee Heady.
Chandra R. Gribble, Equine Specialist, EAGALA II Certification
Ms. Gribble is a talented and gifted Equine Specialist with the equine background to handle physical and equine safety; and the compasion and expertise to move her equine experience into the arena of helping people sort through the issues brought to us in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Assisting with managing the business and barn at PX Equine Enterprises as well as being certified in HIPPA Compliance and holding a degree & practice in nursing.
Our programs offer over 50 years of equine experience ranging from providing services in the Rocky Mountains to Florida and involving equine programming, equine experiential education & learning, western riding, english riding and more.