Equine Encounters Australia is part of The Growth Edge Group, an organisation that offers unique and innovative programs to support learning or therapeutic outcomes for groups and individuals.​ Whether Corporate Development, Trauma Support or Personal Growth, our fully qualified and highly experienced team is able to run programs from a number of locations across Australia.

Equine Encounters Australia Team are all certified Equine Assisted Practitioners, trained through the Equine Psychotherapy Institute (EPI) here in Australia. As well bringing a wealth of experience from their own careers they all hold qualifications in Counselling, Gestalt Therapy or Psychology.

Our executive team are committed to developing bench-marked standards for Equine Assisted Learning/Therapy as well as building recognition of its potential for sustained learning and life changing benefits.

“Everyone deserves to be the best they can be,
whether in their professional or personal life.”

Brenda Tanner

Founder, Managing Director and Head of Programs


Brenda is a qualified vocational educator, Certified Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner and corporate executive with extensive experience in managing people and leading change across national and international organisations in the UK, USA and Australia/NZ.

Brenda’s life long passion for supporting people through difficult and challenging periods and her love of horses and has been the catalyst for creating Equine Encounters Australia.

Graduate Certificate Gestalt Counselling
Diploma in Training and Development
Certificate in Adult Learning and Education

David Crispe

Senior Equine Assisted Facilitator


David is a certified  Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner and has a wealth of experience and qualifications in human services, education and management.

With an extensive career working with people including; NSW Police Service, NSW Juvenile Justice, TAFE NSW Alcohol and Mental Health Unit, as well as youth work and personal development organsations, David’s natural ability allows him to win the trust and respect of everyone he works with.

Bachelor of Youth Work
Diploma of Management
Certificate IV Workplace Training & Assessment
Certificate III Performance Horse Management

Lisa Nye

Equine Assisted Psychotherapist


Lisa is a facilitator with EEA and brings a wealth of experience as both a certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist and registered counsellor. 

Her authentic and natural communication style together with her wealth of experience in Community care allows Lisa to hone in on the real issues and support participants to develop their self-awareness.

Registered Counsellor
Diploma in Counselling
Diploma in Community Services

Amii Larsen

Equine Assisted Psychotherapist


Amii is a registered Psychologist and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Practitioner. She has a wealth of experience working with people with gambling addiction, anxiety and depression.

She is passionate about helping people learn new skills and different ways of thinking to move through difficult times in their lives and is excited to be able to bring her other passion – horses – into this work.

Registered Psychologist
Master of Mental Health Sciences
Bachelor of Psychology (honours)
Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis

Rick Klima

Company Administrator and Peer Mentor


Rick as our Company Administrator provides much needed back-office support. After a highly successful 30 year career in the Australian Army, as a Warrant Officer Class 1, Rick continued his career as a regional manager and trainer in workplace safety.

Since joining EEA Rick has gone on to study Diploma in Counselling to take up the role of Peer Mentor on our PTSD and Men’s Resilience Programs.

Diploma in Counselling

Teena Woodall

Equine Assisted Facilitator


Teena is an associate facilitator with EEA and brings a wealth of experience as both a trained Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner and qualified riding instructor.

Teena has the natural ability to put clients at ease, yet challenge their self-perceptions and support their growth.

Graduate Certificate Gestalt Counselling
Certified Riding Instructor

Our Home

Set on 37 acres, in a quiet corner of the Hunter Valley, “Kalagari” is home to Equine Encounters Australia and provides the perfect setting for programs we run in NSW – Whether residential Trauma Support Programs, Corporate Development or Personal Growth, the tranquil surroundings allow participants to step out of the ‘rat race’, slow down and immerse themselves in the program.