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The Equine Psychotherapy Institute trains and certifies practitioners in either Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) or Equine Assisted Learning (EAL).

EAP is otherwise known as ‘equine therapy’ or ‘horse therapy’ – delivered by clinicians, who offer treatment for mental health conditions. counselling and psychotherapy services.Our Certified EAP Practitioners are registered mental health and clinical professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, mental health occupational therapists and nurses) who have also successfully completed over 120 hours training, supervision and assessment in EAP, and now offer it as specialist clinical modality within their professional field of practice.

Our Certified EAL Practitioners are teachers, disability support workers, youth workers, horse riding instructors, coaches, organisational consultants, and, people interested in helping people learn new skills, with the horses as engaging partners in the process.EAL practitioners have also successfully completed over 120 hours training, supervision and assessment in EAL, and now offer it as specialist modality to support social-emotional learning, personal development and professional development such as leadership and team effectiveness skills.EAL is not therapy. EAL is an innovative form of experiential learning – where clients develop new insight and learn new skills via relational experiences with horses.





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Victoria - Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) Practitioners

Meg Kirby

EPI Founder, Senior Trainer
EAP Equine Assisted Psychotherapist
The Equine Psychotherapy Institute
Mental Health Social Worker

Works with individuals, children/adolescents, couples, groups, supervision/training, corporate/organisational teams
Works with her family herd of 12 horses supporting client’s awareness and growth.

Noel Haarburger

EPI Senior Trainer
EPI Model EAP Practitioner
The Equine Psychotherapy Institute
Equine Psychotherapist and Equine Psychotherapy Trainer

Works with mental, personal, relationship and spiritual growth with individuals, couples, adolescents. Specialises in working with Trauma.
Works with his family herd of 9 horses supporting client’s growth and change.

Leanne Winter

EAP Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Clinical Psychologist – registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Association (Aphra) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Medicare rebates available.

Sees children, adolescents, adults and groups. Individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and disability are most welcome.
Works with both a mini pony herd and larger horses.

Stephanie Milburn

EPI Model EAP Practitioner
Bachelor in Psychological Studies, Masters of Counselling specialising in children and adolescents.
Qualified Horse Safety Australia Riding Instructor.

Melbourne Equine Assisted Counselling works with individuals, couples, and groups offering sessions for children, teens and adults.
Steph is passionate about helping others on their journey of self discovery, working with a small herd of horses, to support social and emotional awareness through a mindfulness based program.
Steph has experience working with both children and adults but has a particular interest in prevention programs for primar
y school aged children.

Dr Traci Coventry

EPI Model EAP Practitioner
Clinical Psychologist
BA (Hons.); BBSC. (Hons.); Gr. Dip Psych; DPsych (Clinical, Child and Family).
MAPS, MAPS Clinical College.

Specialising in child and family therapy, anxiety and depression, autism spectrum disorders and relationship work.

Suzanne Lee

EPI Model EAP & AAP Practitioner
Registered Professional Counsellor (ACA)
Certified Mental Health 1 st Aider
Advanced Training in Trauma and Attachment (EPI)
Advanced Training in Anxiety & Depression (EPI)
Level 1 & Level 2 training with International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy Animal ™
Interplay – Play Therapy Australia, Interplay Therapist in training

Suzanne lives and works on her beautiful farm in Catani with her family, and is a qualified and
Registered Counsellor, Equine and Animal Assisted Psychotherapist and an Interplay - Play Therapy
Australia Therapist in training.
Suzanne provides equine and animal assisted therapy to individuals and families of all ages on her
90-acre property, home to a wonderful team of unique animals including horses, cats, birds, goats,
sheep and cows.
Suzanne is passionate about working with people from all walks of life with varying challenges,
 working with children, teens and adults and has a particular passion for working with Autistic
children and a wide range of disabilities.

Alana Browne

EPI Model EAP Practitioner
Psychologist, BPsySc (Hons)
Open Paddock Equine Assisted Psychology

Alana is a member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPI), registered with the Australian Heath Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a provider of Psychology services with Medicare.

Alongside her herd of horses, she works with adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health concerns including, but not limited to, trauma, depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, suicidality, self-harming behaviours, personality disorders, addiction, eating issues, and offending behaviour. Alana works Monday’s, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and sessions are offered during school/ business hours.

Sophie Lord

EPI Model EAP Practitioner
Diploma & M.A. Psychotherapy and Social Studies (certified by UKCP), Certificate IV in AOD, Mindfulness & Meditation Facilitator.

I offer a safe environment with my two beautiful horses to explore emotional issues, self awareness, and relationship patterns. I have worked with teenage and adult clients experiencing, depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, PTSD, suicidal ideation, self harm, and domestic and family violence.
Somerville, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, 3912

Jane Hall

EPI model EAP Practitioner
M.A Counselling (Monash Uni), M.A Education (Melbourne Uni) , Dip.Ed, B.Sc(Ag) (Charles Sturt Uni)
Registered Counsellor (PACFA), Registered Teacher (VIT)
Advanced Trauma informed training
Registered Counsellor (PACFA) and Teacher

Together with my small herd of horses I am passionate about supporting the wellbeing of children, adolescents and adults.

Room based counselling and equine assisted therapy offered.

The Wellbeing Paddock offers a trauma informed approached to support people with symptoms of stress, depression, anxiety, self-harm, post traumatic injury, behaviour concerns, isolation and disconnection, grief and loss.

Social skill development and emotional regulation skills for all people and specialising in ASD.

School programs for ‘at risk’ youth.

Pos Eq (Positive psychology and EAL) Educational PD and mindfulness programs for teachers and students.

The Wellbeing Paddock
Safe, ethical, professional

Sophie Hosking

EPI model EAP Practitioner
Bachelor in Psychology, Graduate Diploma in Primary Education, Advanced Clinical Training in Contemporary Gestalt Therapy.

Nature Nurture Therapy supports children, adolescence and adults. Offering room based gestalt therapy, Equine and Animal Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Corporate and private group Workshops. Located on the Mornington Peninsula. Welcomes self managed and plan managed NDIS clients.

Larissa Judd

Gippsland Equine - Counselling & Psychotherapy
Bachelor of Education Deakin University, Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the Australian College of Psychology, Reiki I & II
Advanced EPI study includes:
'Trauma and working with the brain, body and whole person’, ‘Working with Children and Adolescents’

Based in South Gippsland, just a short drive from Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs Larissa works with her herd of 10 sentient beings working with individuals, couples and groups. Larissa supports individuals to move through life with more ease and grace through learning about emotional regulation and awareness.

Larissa has a particular interest in grief support. Our Mindful Riding program offers a safe environment in which to explore personal growth with your own equine partner for nervous riders or those seeking to get back in the saddle after an incident.

Residential Programs are now available, Accommodation Options on-site or nearby
Equi-Sentient Retreats
Kyhala Mi Healing Sessions

NB. Our offer includes an all-weather facility (ensuring no interruptions in treatment plans)

Dr Esma Kurt

EPI Model EAP Practitioner

Esma provides Psychological Therapy and Assessment for adults and children/adolescents.  Esma's specialties are dealing with trauma, anxiety/depression, developmental disorders using EMDR, psychodynamic therapy, IPT and coaching.

Lisa Coffey

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

Working with retired racehorses on the Mornington Peninsula Lisa works with adults and children with a broad spectrum of challenges including anxiety and depression, ASD and relationship issues.

Dr. Meredith Brown

EPI Model EAP Practitioner
Clinical Psychologist BA (Honors) DPsych (Clinical) MACPA PsyBA

Do you feel overwhelmed or distressed by your emotions? Are you feeling disconnected, alone or lost? Perhaps you always doubt yourself or you have lost your self-confidence. Or maybe you feel like you can’t move on from the losses or difficulties in your past and relationships always feel difficult to navigate. Clients who come to Yarra Valley Equine Assisted Psychology want to manage uncomfortable or distressing emotions in different ways. Meredith helps her clients increase their awareness and understanding of themselves so they can build a greater acceptance of who they are and the situations they face in life. Clients also want to improve their relationships and the way they set boundaries, so they can feel greater trust and connection with others. Meredith also works with clients who are looking for greater meaning, contentment and calm in their lives. Meredith provides individual Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to adults over the age of 18.

Kelly Murphy

The Australian Centre of Trauma and Wellness
EPI Certified EAP

Kelly provides Counselling services that include Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, working with clients who may be experiencing difficulties with emotional regulation, anxiety, depression and/or experienced psychological trauma.

Specialties include: supporting people with emotional dysregulation, and people who have experienced trauma and adversity.

Imogen Tutton

Lake Farm Therapy
EPI Certified EAP

Imogen offers equine assisted psychotherapy for teens & adults (individual or group). Imogen is a provisional psychologist and currently completing her Master of Professional Psychology. She is a long-time volunteer with Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia PANDA and supports young families throughout the challenging perinatal period. Her practice is flexible & responsive to the needs of the client, with a particular interest in the perinatal period, the challenges of adolescence and trauma. She is the mother of two lovely young humans, her animals Larry, Copper, Tarzi, Maci & Benny and the abundant wildlife on her beautiful property.

Tennille Porter

EPI Certified EAP
General Psychologist
Bachelor psychological science (Hons.)
Masters professional psychology

Dare to Dream Psychology offers psychological intervention in a natural setting facilitated by horses and farm animals. Tennille works with individuals and groups of children, adolescents and adults. Tennille has a passion for client centred work and supporting people to build their self-awareness, self-regulation and access to choice.

Andrea Crabtree

EPI Certified EAP
EPI Advanced Training in Anxiety and Depression

Certified in Equine Assisted Learning with Equine Connections – The Academy of Equine Assisted Learning
Bachelor of Social Work
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Laws
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Graduate Certificate in Professional Education and Training

Andrea is a social worker, registered with the Australian Association of Social Workers, and a professional education trainer who has many years' experience supporting and empowering individuals and groups to build healthy relationships and live life in a way that is most meaningful for them.

Andrea is trained in psychotherapy and certified through the Equine Psychotherapy Institute. She has also undertaken advanced training in anxiety and depression. Andrea is certified in Equine Assisted Learning through Equine Connection–The Academy of Equine Assisted Learning.

Andrea supportsclients in areas including anxiety, depression, PTSD, attachment and relationship challenges, learning difficulties, self-awareness and stress regulation.

Andrea is passionate about providing a safe, non-judgmental space for children, adolescents and adults, including NDIS participants, to heal and grow through genuine connections and relationship. The horses provide an impactful presence as people explore and heal important elements of their lives. 

Andrea has a life-long love of horses and has always recognised their ability to make people feel 'better' simply by being with them. For over 25 years, Andrea held the dream of bringing horses and people together for mutual benefit, and hence, The Horse's Heartbeat was born.

Josie Reilly

EPI Certified EAP
Paddock Talk

Josie has trained as an Equine Assisted Psychotherapist with The Equine Psychotherapy institute.

Josie has completed a diploma in counselling and has had many years of experience in helping people with a variety of issues.

She has trained and worked as a complex mental health support worker and understands the need for extra support for people suffering from mental illness.

With a passion for human potential, Josie and her equine co-facilitators Bonnie, Polly, Benji and Henry, help participants heal and become empowered while assisting in emotional regulation and much more, through experience-based learning and therapy along with talk therapy.

At Paddock Talk we welcome all ages and presenting issues.

Josie is also a certified Crisis Support worker for LifeLine Direct Victoria, and values her work there to be able to listen, encourage and help 'Help seekers' through times of distress.
During her work at Paddock Talk Josie draws on her experience in deescalation and suicide Ideation support.

Paddock Talk offers experiences with Horses and nature, in a non-judgemental and emotionally safe environment.

Rachael Paterson

Wallington Park Equestrian Centre
EPI Certified EAP
EPI Advanced Training in Trauma and Attachment
EquiHuman Mental Health - Equine Assisted Therapy Services
Registered Psychiatric Nurse - Bachelor of Nursing
Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)
Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Practice

Rachael is a mental health nurse, registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), with several years of experience working within the public mental health field.

Rachael offers Equine Assisted Therapy Services to children, adolescents and adults at Wallington Park Equestrian Centre, on the Bellarine Peninsula, working alongside Wallington Park's herd of approximately 25 horses to support individualised learning and therapeutic goal achievement, and mental health and well-being.

Rachael is passionate about mental health, in particular about trauma-informed practice, incorporating a trauma sensitive approach to service provision. Rachael is committed to ongoing professional development to ensure service provision aligns with contemporary research and best practice. Rachael has undertaken advanced training in trauma and attachment through the Equine Psychotherapy Institute, and is affiliated with Wonderkind and Co, a therapeutic consultancy team dedicated to offering specialist trauma-informed services to the Greater Geelong community.

Gillian Buchan

Cuddy Brae
EPI Certified EAP
Metal Health Nurse

I offer 20 years experience as a mental health nurse combined with equine assisted psychotherapy training. I am passionate about providing a holistic approach to your mental wellbeing. Working with a trauma informed background, bringing horses, nature and emotional regulation together to help guide you towards wellness. I have a small herd of ponies nestled in the trees, within the Dandenong Ranges. 

Cyndie Fox

Walking with Horses Equine Assisted Therapy
EPI Certified EAP
Social Worker / Mental Health Clinician – Registered with the Australian
Association of Social Workers

Together with our beautiful Equine Partners we offer a safe, relaxed, and calm space in a rural setting to explore new ways to tackle life’s challenges. Sessions can be outdoors with our Equine Partners or indoor one on one counselling sessions, specific to your personal needs and therapeutic goals.

At Walking with Horses we provide support to those over the age of 16, who are either experiencing grief and loss, living with mental health challenges, are living with ADHD, ASD, are diagnosed with Dementia, or a person who is in a caring role.

With more than 25 years experience working in mental health, disability services, carer services and aged services we provide a holistic, inclusive and therapeutic approach that is both supportive and non-judgemental.