Ms. Leslie received her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver, with a certificate in Animal Assisted Social Work in 2007. She continues her collaboration with the University of Denver as an adjunct professor in the Institute for Human-Animal Connection. Ms. Leslie has over ten years of experience, working with children, families, college students and adults.
Ms. Leslie strives to use experience, nature and animals in her approach to working with children and adults. She is trained in CBT and is trained as a Level 2 EMDR therapist through EMDRIA (EMDR International Association). In 2017, she was accepted into a three -year training program to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Ms. Leslie includes her therapy dog, Rae; into the work she does with select clients, utilizing the human-animal bond to enhance therapeutic approaches.
Ms. Leslie is a co-founder of the Monroe County LINK Alliance, a multidisciplinary team that aims to create a coordinated community response to identify and inform on the co-existence of animal abuse and intra-familial crime, including child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse.
When she is not working, Ms. Leslie enjoys spending time outside, hiking and exploring nature with her family and pets.