Victoria – EAP Practitioners

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) Pracititioners

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.

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 primary 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.

Alana Browne

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

Works with adolescents and adults offering individual and group sessions for a range of psychological, social, emotional, and behavioural issues such as anxiety, depression (and other mood disorders), trauma, self harm and suicidal behaviour, substance abuse, and offending behaviour. Medicare rebates available. 

Tanée Vincent

EPI Model EAP Practitioner
Counsellor, Welfare Worker

Working with my herd of four to support children, adolescents and adults to increase self awareness, social & emotional skills, personal development, growth and healing. I am passionate about my work with children and parents as well as those who are experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD or Trauma.

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 to explore emotional issues, self awareness, and relationship patterns. I have worked with teenage and adult clients experiencing, depression, anxiety, Trauma, PTSD, suicidal ideation, self harm, and alcohol and other drug issues.
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

Emily Ludwick

EPI model EAP Practitioner
Credentialed Mental Health Nurse at Monash Health
EPI Model EAP Practitioner at EIRLYS

Based at the foothills of Bunyip State Forest in Western Gippsland
Specialises in all areas of mental health, with no restriction on age or gender
I also have a keen interest in supporting horse owners in finding a deeper connection with their own horses

Sophie Hosking

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

Los Equidos 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

EAP | Equine Assisted Psychotherapist
Centre for Equine Assisted Learning & Wellness
B.Ed, Grad.Dip Counselling, Reiki I & II
Advanced study: ‘Trauma and working with the brain, body and whole person’, ‘Working with Children and Adolescents’

Works with individuals, children/adolescents, couples, families, parents & grief support

Based in South Gippsland, just a short drive from Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs Larissa works with her herd of 10 horses.

An all-weather facility ensures no interruptions in treatment plans, Face-to-Face Counselling available.

Our Mindful Riding program and all weather facilities also offer a safe environment in which to explore personal growth with your own equine partner.
Residential Programs available with Accommodation Options on-site and nearby

Claudia Paretilla-Guardi

EPI Model EAP Practitioner
Masters in Clinical and Health Psychology, Bachelor in Psychology

Claudia is a psychologist with special interest in working with adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, people pleasing tendencies, with traumatic life events, social isolation, avoidance, domestic violence, sexual assault, PTSD, developmental and complex trauma.

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 Robertson-Smith

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.

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