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.

Deborah Walker

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. I along with my husband Noel am a director of Trinity Psychologists Pty Ltd, which was formed in 1999 and has provided psychological services to the Public, Corporate and Education sector since then.

I am passionate about recovery from trauma, positive psychology, positive workplace cultures, positive leadership and actively seeking wellbeing and I am well-known speaker on these topics around Australia. I am even more passionate about the EPI model and the way horses can and do transform therapy and learning. I have been working with my herd of horses since completing my foundation training in 2016 and am continually amazed and professionally refreshed by what the horses have to offer our clients.

I completed the Trauma intensive in 2017 and I am currently in the second year of training with Somatic Experiencing Australia.

I have had the privilege of living with horses for 15 years and now live on the beautiful sunshine coast with my herd, my 4 dogs, chickens and my wonderful husband who is also a psychologist and EAP practitioner.

I love training and am so proud to have the opportunity to bring this wonderful model to students wishing to study on the sunshine coast.

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.

Jessica Doak

EPI Model EAP Practitioner
Psychologist (Clinical Registrar) B.Psych (Hons), MPsych(Clin), MAPS

Jess completed her Masters’ in Clinical Psychology at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and has since worked in various roles within public and private sectors, involving therapeutic intervention for children, families, and older adults, risk assessment and crisis management, developmental and cognitive assessment, and various research projects. Jess has a warm and authentic therapeutic approach. She mostly works with children and early adolescents, and older adults. Her therapy toolkit often comprises of cognitive-behavioural, trauma-informed, somatic, and acceptance and mindfulness frameworks. Where appropriate, Jess uses animal and equine assisted therapies, arts and creative modes of building awareness, ecotherapy, and includes her dog Mackenzie or horses Noddy and Snickers within therapy sessions. Sometimes her cat Taco has even joined a session here and there.

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
Cert IV TAE

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.