Carla Staats

Co-Director At EASE Program,
LCDC, MCAP, CTT, EAP EAGALA Certified Professional

Quick Facts:

Master’s in Mental Health Counseling

20+ years horsey experience

5 Certifications

Texas Native

Carla developed the At EASE program along with Co-Director, Jenna Miller for Quantum Leap Farm in 2008. She has both a Master of Arts in Mental Health Marriage and Family Counseling from Sam Houston State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Texas at Brownsville. She is an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC) with the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in Texas, Master Certified Addictions Professional (MCAP) and Certified Trauma Therapist (CTT) with the Florida Certification Board. In addition, she holds an EAGALA certification (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, a certificate to conduct family mediations and is partnered with the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE). Carla Staats is President of Staats Behavioral Health Consulting, LLC.

Her professional experience includes working with military service members, veterans and civilian adults and adolescents in both residential, outpatient and short-term retreat settings. Carla’s work focuses on assisting clients, both individuals and groups, in replacing unhealthy habits with more effective solution-producing behaviors to the enhancement of each client’s lifestyle and relationships. Her unique approach of mind, body, and spirit combined with her affinity for people and horses has guided her enduring interest in equine-assisted learning. As a horse owner and equestrienne, Carla recognizes the vast potential for understanding and growth through the metaphoric interaction between human and horse. She and Jenna can be found in the arena several days a week with groups from DACCO, James A. Haley VA Hospital, Lone Survivor and others.