Practitioners listed in alphabetical order.

Jane Ashton- Gold Coast

Equine Assisted Mental Health practitioner

Diploma of Counselling

LL.B (Hons); B.Sc.

The therapeutic power of nature, art and animals inspired her to explore her vocation as a therapist.  In 2019 Jane launched Equine Assisted Therapy Gold Coast and ‘The Therapy Pod’, a small cabin nestled among the trees on her Tallebudgera Valley property on the Gold Coast hinterland. She has a herd of 4 therapy horses and 12 therapy llamas. Her practice is trauma informed, somatic and experiential, integrating a variety of counselling skills and techniques from a range of modalities including gestalt, art therapy, mindfulness and CBT.

Webpage: www.thetherapypod.com.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheTherapyPodGoldCoast

Email: jane@thetherapypod.com.au  

Phone: 0437215734 | (07) 5533 8382

Neisha Cass- Gold Coast/ Brisbane

Equine Assisted Mental Health Practitioner

Diploma of Counselling 

Neisha is a qualified counsellor whose practice is somatic, experiential and trauma informed drawing upon theories and techniques from gestalt, mindfulness and her experience working with vulnerable clients. This type of somatic healing looks into what is causing pain or distress in your life, creating awareness, acceptance and helps you to get clearer about who you are and what you need.  Neisha provides Equine Assisted Therapy at The Therapy Pod in Tallebudgera Valley and In-room Counselling from her office in the Northern Brisbane suburb of Shorncliffe.

Website: https://www.neishacass.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neishacasscounselling/

Email: hello@neishacass.com.au

Phone: 0422 600 693

Jen Chester- Tamborine

Equine Assisted Mental Health practitioner
Masters of Mental Health-Art Therapy(UQ)
B.Psych. Science
Dip. Transpersonal Art Therapy
TAE IV

Jen has many years experience as a Creative Arts Therapist and has now gained qualifications as an Equine Assisted Mental Health professional through EATA. She has lectured in Creative Arts Therapies at the Ikon Institute in Brisbane for the past 7 years. She works with clients of all ages, and has experience in working with groups and couples as well as one on one clients. The arts therapies and Equine Assisted Therapy are client centered therapies, and for the past 12 months Jen has combined these modalities in her practice with a herd of five horses at Tamborine.

Website: https://www.equilibriumtherapiesaustralia.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EquilibriumTherapiesAustralia/

Email: chesterjen22@gmail.com

Phone: 0408 870 990

Sue Davies– Byron Bay

Equine Assisted Mental Health practitioner

Diploma of Counselling

Sue has a diploma in counselling and is a qualified equine assisted mental health practitioner. Using natural horsemanship methods, Sue works somatically and experientially with her clients alongside her beautiful equine assistants. She is trauma informed and provides a safe, natural, comfortable space for people to explore their individual challenges and issues. Sue and her herd of four horses are in Byron Bay NSW.

Equanimity Australia

Email: sue@equanimityaustralia.com.au

Ph:  0421 682 492

Rachel Farr- Lockyer Waters

Equine Assisted Mental Health practitioner

Counselling and Psychotherapy is a passion I have worked towards for many years and 12 months ago this dream finally began. Being present, authentic and utilizing a therapeutic relationship to work along side horses and clients is certainly a rewarding experience. Having the horse guide my practice and partner with me is a process that is forever rewarding.

I have 20 years experience working within the community services field, working with a vast array of vulnerable people within the community. I have a post graduate Certificate in Community and Youth Work. During my years of experience I have worked across many government departments, working with clients who are carers, young people, people with disability, clients transitioning from institutional settings as well as young people in care.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Queensland

Email: eapqld@gmail.com

Sherilee Melenewycz 

Equine Assisted Mental Health practitioner

Diploma of Counselling

B. Nursing

Sherilee is a Registered Nurse and certified Equine Assisted Mental Health Counsellor.  She completed her Diploma of Equine Assisted Counselling through Equine Assisted Therapy Australia in 2019.

Caring for others throughout her Nursing career, Sherilee has developed a wealth of experience and is passionate about supporting people through difficult and challenging periods.   Sherilee has a client centred and relational approach to therapy.  Her primary focus is to provide a warm and empathic environment where people feel safe to explore themselves, develop self awareness and make positive life changes.

Sharon Morrissey- Tamborine

Equine Assisted Mental Health practitioner

Diploma of Counselling

MBA (Exec), Grad.Dip BA, GCM

Growing up with horses, Sharon has more than 40 years horsemanship experience.  Establishing, Storm’s Sanctuary Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation in 2015, she recognised the healing qualities of horses and completed her studies in Equine Assisted Therapy and Diploma of Counselling through Equine Assisted Therapy Australia (“EATA” – Australia’s only recognised RTO in Equine Assisted Counselling).   Sharon previously had her own business working with a variety of small to large corporations and people of all levels.

As a trauma informed and qualified counsellor working with her herd of 5 therapy horses, Sharon has combined all that she has learned through various modalities including mindfulness, CBT, Gestalt and other client centred therapies.  Sharon has also worked in collaboration with Jen Chester (above) combining both Art and Equine Assisted Therapies plus Learning activities for clients of all ages.

Storm’s Sanctuary Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning

Website:  www.stormssanctuary.com.au(under construction)

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/stormssanctuary

Email:  bookings@stormssanctuary.com.au

Mobile:  0412 737 988

David Smith- Gold Coast  

Equine Assisted Mental Health practitioner

Diploma of Counselling

David is a third generation stockman. Growing up on properties and stations in Western QLD and North Western NSW where horses were a way of life. He did Pony Club and played Polo X before finishing his education. After college he became a stockman- contract mustering, breaking and training horses.

David has trained and travelled with horses in the USA, NZ and the Phillipines making a career from training Polo ponies.

David struggled when away from his much beloved animals throughout school and later life. Anxiety and depression always had David searching for answers……Through studying equine assisted therapy he learned the answers were within himself.

David is passionate about sharing his journey and the role horses played in him finding his authentic self- by bringing awareness to presence and connection to horses, each other and self. David is living his dream, working with horses reminding people how to connect with themselves.

Chris Swan- Gold Coast

Equine Assisted Mental Health practitioner

Diploma of Counselling

Chris is a qualified counsellor specialising in Equine Assisted Therapy, he draws upon Gestalt and Art therapy and is trauma informed. Chris also works as a community support worker where he works with some of the community’s most vulnerable, his warm gentle nature and desire to help people from all walks of life ensures clients are held and given space to become more self-aware and self-confident.

Chris has a real passion and love for horses, living his dream of working with horses and helping people is something that has stemmed from his own lived experience of Trauma, Anxiety and depression.

Chris Swan Equine Assisted Therapy Qld

Ph: 0472 737 858

Email: chrisswaneatqld@gmail.com

 

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