Meet our Licensed Professionals

Dr. Stephanie R. Smith, Ed.D

Dr. Stephani Smith is the owner of PAST Counseling & Wellness (PAST), PLLC.  She is a state certified professional counselor supervisor and certified clinical trauma professional trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy.  She is a recognized member of the International Association of Trauma Professions (IATP) and International Center for Clinical Excellence (ICCE).

Dr. Smith’s background includes working in the field of special education and special education administration.  In addition to owning PAST, Dr. Smith is also an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University - Central Texas.  She hosts the MoveonPAST Podcast and has published works in the area of the general analysis of mathematical placement and the general self-efficacy of student with learning disabilities.  She has over 20 years experience in the service field with counseling specialties in treating anxiety, depression, trauma-based symptoms, and PTSD as well as experience working with military veterans.

She is a native Texan holding a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Tarleton State University and a Doctor of Education from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor.  She is a lifetime member of the Psi-Chi Honor Society and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.


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.

Meet our PATH International Instructors

Julie Biggs, PATH Int'l Certified Instructor and Mentor
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 was a vollunteer for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate of Abused and Neglected Children) for many years.    

Julie is currently working towards her degree in psychology.