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.

Tennille Porter

EPI Model EAP practitioner
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.

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.

Sam Naidu

EPI Model EAP Practitioner
Social Worker and Psychotherapist

Offering safe, ethical, professional services for children, youth, individuals, families, organisations and groups – specialising in:

  • Counselling for anxiety, depression, addiction and trauma
  • Consultancy and Training for organisations
  • Professional Supervision for Social Workers

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
Registered Counsellor (PACFA) and Teacher

Masters in Counselling, Masters in Student Wellbeing and Leadership, DipEd and BA Sc (Ag).
Together with my herd of 4 horses I am passionate about supporting the wellbeing of children, adolescents and adults. Sessions are offered individually, for couples, families and groups through room based counselling and equine assisted therapy.

EQ wellbeing is for people wanting to see change or growth regarding mental health and relationship. This may include but is not limited to working with symptoms of stress, depression, anxiety, self-harm, post traumatic symptoms, grief and loss.

Social skill development and emotional regulation skills for all people and specialising in ASD.
School programs for ‘at risk’ and disengaged youth.

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

EQ Wellbeing
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.

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.

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