Queensland – EAP Practitioners

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.

Natalie Menyweather

EPI Model EAP Practitioner

Provides a calm, safe and supportive approach. Passionate about the benefits of Equine Assisted Practice for Children. Works at the University of the Sunshine Coast as a Field Education Officer and social work supervisor. Natalie also specializes in supervision for EAP/EAL practitioners, as well as EAL as a form of supervision and support for burn out and stress. Natalie has studied a Bachelor of Social Work and a postgraduate certificate from the University of Denver on the Human Animal Bond. Natalie is currently completing her Masters of Social Work by research in the field of Equine Assisted Practice.

Linda Sawrey

EPI Model EAP Practitioner
Rein Changer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Registered Nurse, Trainer/ Advisor Specializing in Client/ Patient Safety/ Emergency/ Trauma, Grad Cert in Gestalt Therapy

Linda has been a clinician for over 30 years within the Healthcare sector as an emergency nurse, patient safety advisor and safety and quality specialist as well as growing up on a farm. For the past 10 years she has combined her passion for animals with her love of helping people which has lead her down the path of Equine Assisted Learning/ Psychotherapy.

Through her own struggles of living life on the land, relationships affected by domestic violence and raising children on her own, being able to support people to heal though some of their most difficult times is deeply embed in Linda’s heart. Linda’s main focus is supporting client’s to discover their true self by exploring within a safe and nurturing environment areas of social-emotional development, relationships, self-awareness, healing, growth and change. Linda also runs social-emotional programs for children called ‘Essence of Life’ as well as support groups for Domestic Violence survivors.

Linda is a Director for the charity Broken 2 Brilliant which focuses helping survivors with the long-term impact of domestic violence by increasing financial independence, decreasing distress, increasing opportunities through education, life-skills training, and social support networks and supporting the rebuilding efforts of those who have experienced domestic violence. Linda is also co-author of the book ‘Terror to Triumph- Rebuilding Life After Domestic Violence Stories of Strength and Success’ and is a key speaker on Domestic Violence and the impact on families.

Linda has completed her Master in Gestalt Therapy, Master in Business Administration, Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing) and is passionate about safety, trauma, domestic violence and working with women/ adolescents and also working within the HealthCare sector providing support for patients, family and staff.

Linda’s practice is based in the Gold Coast Hinterland which is run as part of the Ricinda Ranch Quarter horse stud and includes a unique experience of EAP within the herd of mares & foals. Linda is a strong believer that through our biggest struggles in life comes our greatest gifts.

Jess Siles

EPI Model EAP Practitioner
Bachelor of Social Work

Located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast Jess is passionate about the horse human connection and achieving wellbeing via horse-human experiences and experiments. Jess is a practicing social worker who specialises in the area of trauma with children and young people. Jess works with individuals, children/adolescents, couples, groups and organisations. Programs can be tailored to meet specific individual requirements.

Debora Lewis

EPI Model EAP/EAL Practitioner
Level 2 counsellor, Member ACA
Diploma in community services and Counselling
Cert IV Peer Support Mental Health

Rivendells Equine Assisted Therapy is taking expressions of interest , welcoming new clients and taking referrals. Rivendells Equine Assisted Therapy provides a nonjudgment environment and safe space that is inclusive to rural people.

Debora works with the EPI frame work and offers both EAP/EAL and is a registered NDIS service provider, a Level 1 counsellor and member of the ACA and currently working in mental health. Debora has 34 years of horsemanship experience and is welcoming clients to come and meet Rivendells herd of 11 beautiful horses.

Rivendell is a picturesque property surrounded by ancient fig and mango trees located at Moolboolaman QLD 4671, 15km out of the township of Gin Gin QLD 4671

Suzanne Underwood

EPI Model EAP Practitioner
Psychologist (BPsych. Hons) (APHRA 2008); MAPS
Advanced EAP Training: Working with Trauma and Attachment

Suzanne is situated in a tranquil and serene bush setting in the Gold Coast Hinterland, just 10 minutes from Nerang.

Suzanne is passionate about offering psychological and/or equine supported services for:
•Personal growth and development services (i.e. building self-esteem; social skill development; relationship skills; emotional regulation/intelligence; stress reduction, etc.)
•Treatment for mental health conditions (i.e. anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, grief, depression, adjustment disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder etc.)

Suzanne is driven to work with clients in a supportive, non-judgemental, confidential, and collaborative way which is focused on addressing the client’s therapeutic goals and needs.

Sessions can be provided in the form of equine-assisted, nature-based, or room based (albeit outdoor) therapy. Services are offered for children, young people and adults and can be in the format of either individual, couple or group sessions. 

Sally Morley

EPI Model EAP Practitioner
Graduate Certificate Gestalt Therapy
Registered Counsellor ACA number 8085 Level 2
Diploma Mental Health & AOD

Since gaining her Diploma of Counselling 14 years ago’ Sally has worked in various roles on the Sunshine Coast. The majority of these roles have been supporting children and families with a history of trauma, drug and alcohol misuse, domestic violence, mental health and those experiencing homelessness. 

Sally had her first pony when she was 8 years of age and her relationship with her pony helped Sally through her adolescent years. This, Sally believes, helped her to become resilient and confident , so Sally wanted to be able to provide this service to those in her community. In 2019 Sally Trained and certified with the EPI and now is able to assist others.

Sally works from her picturesque 38-acre property in The Mary Valley (just 30 minutes from Gympie and 18 minutes from Pomona in the Sunshine Coast)

Sally works with children from 6 years of age with her herd of mini ponies & with teenagers and adults of any age with Beau and Bella and sometimes Diva the dog.

Sally is grounded, optimistic, creative, mischievous and has a wealth of life experience .

Sally specialises in anxiety, confidence, depression, personal growth and connecting to one’s own spirituality. All sessions are Equine Assisted, and nature based and may include working in the sand tray.

Sally works with those who are NDIS funded on self-managed and plan managed and is currently going through AUDIT to become a registered NDIS Provider.

Teena Woodall

EPI Model EAP Practitioner
EPI Working with Addictions Advanced Intensive
EPI Trauma Advanced Intensive
Masters of Gestalt Psychotherapy
Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Therapy
Advanced Certificate Horse Riding Instructor & Trail Boss (Horse Safety Australia)

Owner and principal gestalt psychotherapist at Equine Resolutions, located in the Gold Coast hinterland, approximately 25 minutes from the Gold Coast.

Teena holds a Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Diploma in Counselling and is an accredited practitioner with the Equine Psychotherapy Institute (EPI), with specialised training in addictions and trauma, she is also accredited with Horse Safety Australia, and adheres to their horse safety principles.

Teena is passionate in supporting both her clients and her herd of 8 horses by way of offering her beautiful 43-acre property to clients as a way of engaging in therapy. Teena’s approach offers a professional, yet relaxed environment where clients become aware of how they are experiencing their current life challenges, with a focus on deepening self-awareness, and where necessary making changes to heal from unfinished business.

Teena works with both children and adults, specialising in PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, and addictions. Teena also has a son who has been diagnosed with ASD Level 1 and has lived experience of the emotional regulation difficulties that exist in people who have this diagnosis.

Teena also offers Women’s Wellness Programs which explore connecting with your true essence / understanding and setting boundaries and developing emotional intelligence.

Teena is also available for corporate work, in the areas of leadership, team building and effective communication.

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