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Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

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.

0401 188 456


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.

Based in the beautiful Flying Fox valley 30 mins from the Gold Coast QLD

0400 739 330


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.

0405 812 940


Susan Fell

EPI Model EAP Practitioner
Grad.Dip.Community Mental Health UQ
Credentialed Mental Health Nurse

I qualified as a practitioner with the Equine Psychotherapy Institute in December 2018.  My small practice is located in Burbank on the south side of Brisbane.  I can offer sessions on weekdays and some weekends if required.

My career has spanned several decades and I have worked with clients of all ages seeking to develop skills, manage emotional health and wellbeing and to generally enjoy life more.  I have a small herd of horse helpers and healers who assist me in my work with clients and I offer sessions without horse partners if needed.  Phone consultations are welcomed from prospective clients or referrers.
0401 074 228


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.

Sunshine Coast, QLD
0474 467 381


Debora Lewis

EPI Model EAP/EAL Practitioner
Level 1 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 8 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

0499 409 693
07 4157 2018


Equine Assisted Learning

Our Certified EAL Practitioners are teachers, disability support workers, youth workers, horse riding instructors, coaches, organisational consultants, and, people interested in helping people learn new skills, with the horses as engaging partners in the process.

EAL practitioners have also successfully completed over 120 hours training, supervision and assessment in EAL , and now offer it as specialist modality to support social-emotional learning, personal development and professional development such as leadership and team effectiveness skills.

EAL is not therapy. EAL is an innovative form of experiential learning – where clients develop new insight and learn new skills via relational experiences with horses.


Justine Brown

EPI Model EAL Practitioner
Bodywork Practitioner
Firebird Healing

I help people to reconnect with themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually. I provide a nurturing environment for growth and healing to assist people remember their passion and purpose in life.
I am currently studying a Master of Gestalt Therapy.

Sunshine Coast, Queensland
0411 777 330


Nicole Galvin

EPI Model EAL Practitioner

Nicole, Teacher, Community Development Worker, Counsellor and Equine Professional in partnership with the herd will guide your self-empowering journey, providing opportunities to express yourself in your unique way at your pace in a private peaceful environment. Nicole and the horses stand as your “guides” in helping you explore your own coping patterns and emotional regulating skills and assist you on your personal development and growth journey.

REAL PDs equine assisted learning and personal development programs provide an opportunity to re-connect with your emotions by being present and experiencing your authentic self – (who you really are).  Regardless of previous experience with, or absence of experience with horses, interactions with the herd are presented in a safe and supported way for all.

Calliope/ near Gladstone
Real PD  is a registered NDIS Provider


Kaya Wilson

EPI Model EAL Practitioner

Works with her herd of horses supporting clients in awareness, growth and healing. Special interests are Horses as teachers in human development, spirituality, meditation with horses, self development, teambuilding.

Also works with horse owners seeking a deeper connection with their own horse.

0420 756 701 or 07 4093 0074


Teena Woodall

EPI Model EAL Practitioner
Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Therapy, Advanced Certificate Horse Riding Instructor and Trail Boss, Reiki Master

Equine Resolutions & Nag Nanny

Teena is passionate in supporting both her clients and her herd of 15 horses to become the unique beings that they were born to be. Teena offers a professional, yet relaxed environment where clients become aware of how they are living their life with a focus on developing awareness, of self and others, raising spiritually and emotional growth.

Teena works with both children and adults; she specialises in PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression and addictions. Teena is passionate about sharing her knowledge with children in order to give them solid foundations for their journey into adult life.

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.

Located in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Queensland
0429 091 004


Jenny Haines

EPI model EAL Practitioner
Townsville Equine Assisted Learning
Equestrian Aust Level 2 Coach
Riding for the Disabled Coach
Diploma in Community Welfare (Counselling)

Groups and Individuals to support awareness to enable change and emotional development. Also for riders to improve the way they ride, with Riding with Awareness.

83 Hammond Way
Townsville QLD 4815
0400 345 727


Sally Witt

EPI Model EAL Practitioner
Diploma of Applied Science – Equine Studies
Certificate 4 in Small Business Management
23 years horse riding experience
Parelli Natural Horsemanship Level 4 student
16 years service in the Australian Army

Lockyer Valley Equine Assisted Healing operates from Roma Ranch, situated in the beautiful Lockyer Valley, 1.5 hours from Brisbane, 45 minutes from Toowoomba and 30 minutes from Gatton. Sally passionately works alongside her stunning Quarter Horses to assist people in their Equine Assisted Healing journey. Sally assists people with a guided interaction between horses and people designed to promote awareness, wellbeing and positive mental health changes.

0409 589 015
Facebook: Roma Ranch
Address: Lefthand Branch, Lockyer Valley, Queensland


Joanne Oakes

EPI Model EAL Practitioner
Trusting Connections

Joanne is a primary school teacher with Education Queensland and has worked at her current school for over ten years. Working with students with disabilities in the special education setting, she has developed vast experience with a wide range of disabilities and specialised health needs. Joanne also has a degree in Psychology. As a newly qualified EAL practitioner in 2019, she is now starting to work with her horses to support both children and adults to experience unique learning sessions to develop awareness of self and others, connection to their feelings and behaviour patterns, personal growth, social and emotional skills and professional development opportunities.

Joanne has been passionate about horses for many years and has focused on different natural horsemanship and connection techniques with her horses in order to achieve respectful and harmonious partnerships. Located in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast, Trusting Connections is ideally situated for many clients and easily accessible from the Pacific Highway (only 5 minutes).

Registered NDIS Provider
0411 445 038


Rachael Cooper

EPI model EAL Practitioner
Bachelor of Education Early Childhood, Graduate Diploma of Learning Support

Rachael is a Special Education Teacher and Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner.

Horses have been an integral part of Rachael’s life for around 35 years. Over the past 10 years she has developed a deeper understanding of horse behaviour and horsemanship, whilst diversifying her career in teaching and training, to encompass management and leadership roles, all of which have contributed to the enrichment of her personal development and growth along the way.  Rachael established South Burnett Equine Assisted Learning to form personal development programs and provide an opportunity for clients make meaning of their world and experiences.

Rachael lives in Kingaroy with her small herd of horses who provide opportunity for clients to become self-aware in their journey of personal development. The ponies are very intuitive and Rachael has a love of working with and passion for animals.

Phone: 0400 599 066
Kingaroy, South Burnett, Queensland south burnett equine assisted learning