Our Faculty & Team

We have an experienced faculty of trainers from around Australia that help us deliver the highest quality training to our students. We also experienced professionals that support our students and graduates with professional supervision.

Meet our Team

Equine Therapist Meg Kirby

Meggin Kirby


Founder/ Senior Trainer / Supervisor
BA(Psychology), MASW (Social Work), Dip Gestalt Therapy)


Meggin is the Founder of The Equine Psychotherapy Institute. She is a Psychotherapist, Gestalt Psychotherapist, Equine Assisted Psychotherapist, Animal Assisted Psychotherapist, and Mental Health Social Worker of 23 years.

Noel Haarburger


Senior Trainer


B.B.SC, B’Ed (counseling), Adv Dip Gestalt Therapy, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). MAPS. ClinGANZ, Psychologist, Gestalt Therapist, and Trainer at GTA


Noel has been a faculty member and trainer at GTA (Gestalt Therapy Australia) since 2001 and now works in full time private practice as a Psychologist and Psychotherapist working

Sue Lamond


EPI Trainer and supervisor


gestalt psychotherapist (ma), diploma in counselling and community services, cert iv training and development, Advanced Eap practitioner, Adult Education Trainer and Supervisor for The Equine Psychotherapy Institute and Lifeline, Life Coach


I began study many years ago with an interest in how humans relate to each other and why we respond in life the way we do.

Louise Atkinson


EPI Trainer


ACA Registered Counsellor, Member of the College of Supervisors/Australian Counselling Association, EPI Trainer and supervisor


I have been involved with horses since I was 10 years old and am experienced in many equine disciplines.

I have been a Natural Horsemanship Instructor since 1996 where I have been helping people understand their 

Heather Lucass


EPI TraineR


EPI Model EAP Practitioner, EPI Trainer, BA Hons Psychology and LaW, Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (Science), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Secondary Science), Member of the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT), Diploma of Counselling (ACA), Master of Professional Psychology (Psychologist, provisional registration)


I am a qualified Teacher, Counsellor, provisional Psychologist, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy practitioner and EPI model Trainer.

Maelani Mills


EPI model eal practitioner, eal Trainer, EPI Supervisor & assessor


I am delighted to be a part of the incredible EPI team in a role that supports students through this transformational personal and professional journey.

Paula Jewell


EAL Trainer, EPI Model EAL Practitioner, program development, Animal specialist


I am honoured to be part of the team here at The Equine Psychotherapy Institute.

Jo Steiner


Student Support and Certification Manager


I live with my dog Wombat, cat Jasmine and two sons in the Daylesford area. I have a lifelong love of animals (and their ability to co-regulate). I began my studies in Biology, and completed an Honours Bachelor degree in Zoology at Monash University.

Valence Williams


Equine Specialist


I offer equine specific support to students at the Institute. I teach our 2-day Equine Studies and Horsemanship Clinic at the Institute, and offer private, online support and coaching at Soul Horse Revolution (Ballarat based).

Bianca Stawiarski


One Day Introduction Trainer


EPI Model EAP Practitioner
Holistic Animal Assisted Psychotherapist
Bush Psychotherapist
International Transformational Coach
International Trauma & culturally -informed Counsellor
Equestrian Australia Coach (vaulting - intro)
Equestrian Australia Steward (vaulting)
Federation Equestre Internationale - Steward (Vaulting level 2)
Master Counselling Practice
Dip.LifeCoach
BA.AboriginalStudies
Dip.Contracting(Gov)

Our Supervisors

Steph Milburn


EPI Supervisor


Registered Counsellor, EAP Practitioner, Founder of Melbourne Equine Assisted Counselling


I am a qualified counsellor registered with the ACA and certified with EPI as an EAP practitioner. I work from my home in private practice with a herd of 7, including 3 miniature ponies, dogs, cats and chickens.

Nadine Delaney


EPI Supervisor


Accredited Metal Health Social Worker, EAP


I’m an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and with my herd of 5 horses and ponies, puppies and cats, I work in private practice in the Hunter Valley in NSW.

Lisa Toman


EPI Supervisor


Psychotherapist, Gestalt Psychotherapy (MA), Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (Advanced Cert), Outdoor Leadership (Cert), Sensory Motor Art Therapy (Cert), Systemic Family Constellations (Facilitator Training Cert)


Lisa has a particular interest in the interconnectedness of all living

Christine Wilkinson


EAP Supervisor

Dip. Comprehensive Nursing
Dip. Counselling
Masters Health Science, endorsed in mental health


Kia ora, I am a counsellor in North Canterbury, South Island, Aotearoa New Zealand. I am able to offer a range of therapy modalities in my private practice, which includes ACC therapy for sensitive claims.

 Chris Wilksinson -  equine therapy trainer

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