Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) Practitioners

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.

Wendy Sporle

EPI Model EAP and EAL Practitioner (Equine therapy & Learning)

I am proud to have added the EPI certification to my mental health nurse, recreation and sport, and counselling qualifications. My life has been blessed with the support of horses for more than 50 years and now a herd of seven is willing to support other people to achieve their personal and therapeutic goals through a trust “Āwhina hōiho”, based in the Far North.

We, as a team, can offer individual and group sessions and also retreats in self contained farm accommodation. My approach of healing and growing with the help of the horses and within the natural environment, while considering tikanga, is important to me.

Christine Wilkinson

EPI Model EAP Practitioner 

Life Aspire Counselling

Kia Ora, I work with children, teenagers and adults and have a background in trauma informed practice with recovery from PTSD being a significant focus of my work. I live in North Canterbury, New Zealand and am able to provide Equine Assisted Therapy either by private sessions at $140 per session, or if eligible, the sessions can be covered by ACC, WINZ or Victim Support. I am able to offer a "wisdom of the herd" program to young people aged 8-18 that can support young people/rangatahi to work with their emotions, to develop skills for managing their difficulties and to support their strengths. I am trained in EMDR therapy and can offer this modality in conjunction with equine assisted work.