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

Registered Counsellor, Advanced EPI Therapist, Adult Education Trainer and Supervisor for The Equine Psychotherapy Institute and Lifeline, Life Coach, and 4th Year Gestalt Masters student

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, EPI Trainer and supervisor, 4 Star Parelli Professional

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

Deborah Walker

EPI Trainer, Advanced Trainer and EPI Supervisor 

Trained in the UK, I migrated to Australia in 1993 and I am a fully registered Generalist Psychologist with over 19 years’ experience, working in organizational, clinical and health psychology.

Paula Jewell

Program Manager

I am honoured to be part of the team here at The Equine Psychotherapy Institute where I am delighted to fill the role of Program Manager whilst also completing my studies in Counselling and Psychology.

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, Transformational Coach, Trauma-informed Counsellor, Master Counselling Practice, Dip.LifeCoach, BA.AboriginalStudies, Dip.Contracting(Gov)

Lisa Robertson-Smith

One Day Introduction Trainer

EPI Model EAP Practitioner, DipCouns, BSc (hons) Eq Sci, GDip Psych, Professional development Certificate in Adolescent Counselling (Monash Uni)

I have been helping horses and humans for many years. Originally from Ireland, where I trained as a counsellor, I made the move to Australia in 2009 to investigate opportunities in the horse racing industry. Since then, I have been called upon by many educational and government representatives to advise on education in equestrian and racing industries and horse welfare.

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