#37 – Equine Assisted Psychotherapy with Jane Faulkner

Jane Faulkner is a psychotherapist who uses Gestalt Therapy and Equine Assisted Therapy in her practice.  Jane currently works at the Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat as a Psychotherapist and Equine Assisted Psychotherapist.  She is the Director at Equine Assisted Therapy Australia, an RTO providing Nationally recognised training in Counselling and Equine Assisted Therapy.

Jane has a Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy, a Certificate in Initiatic Art Therapy and is certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.  Yoga is an integral part of her life, she is a Certified Iyengar Teacher and continues to study and teach in the Iyengar yoga tradition.

Jane uses the following to support her clients:

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Equine Assisted Therapy
  • mindfulness techniques,
  • art therapy,
  • yogic philosophy
  • horsemanship

The goal of her work is to support, challenge, and guide her clients.  She empowers her clients to live their best lives and to walk in awareness and compassion.

Jane works with all kinds of people from corporate CEO’s seeking career coaching and support, to those who have experienced trauma, adoptees with attachment difficulties, families, couples, anxiety, aspergers, through to teens feeling stuck, frustrated, and lost.  She is an accomplished teacher, and facilitator and has led many women’s groups and Day Retreats, presented seminars and workshops, and worked with many different community groups.

Jane was diagnosed with PCOS and had severe acne, low self-esteem, and chronic fatigue syndrome throughout her teenage years.  This led to an exploration of many different modalities of healing, travelling around the world in search of health and wellness.  Jane started her career as a Registered Nurse and worked in the hospital setting and community both here and overseas.

As a result of her own ongoing health difficulties she attended a therapist, and it was this experience that lead her to begin her journey into becoming a therapist herself.  Jane found her home working with horses!

Suggested Resources





Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International – www.pathintl.org


Riding Home: The power of horses to heal – By Tim Hayes

The Tao of Equus – By Linda Kohanov

Riding between the worlds – By Linda Kohanov

Horse sense for the human heart- By McCormick

The Listening Heart- By Leigh Shambo

Dancing with your dark horse – By Chris Irwin

Harnessing the power of equine assisted counselling – By Kay Sudekum Trotter

Equine Assisted Therapy and learning with at risk young people- Hannah Burgon


Thic Nhat Hahn on Mindfulness


Please leave Jane or myself a comment or some feedback, we’d love to hear from you and I’ll respond to everyone!


Amy Felman


  1. Hayley Glasson on March 26, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Wow…as a new Psychology and Counseling student at ECU WA I came across this episode last week and was blown away by Jane and her beautiful attitude to helping others with the use of Gestalt Therapy, Equine Aaisted Therapy and more. I headed home and researched Gestalt therapy and found myself having a deep feeling of excitement, understand and a knowing if this is where I would love to head in my own work in the future, as my goal is to specialize in treatment/recovery for eating disorders.

    Thank you Amy and Jane for showing me what I can do and look to do for my future!

    • Amy Felman on September 18, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      Hi Hayley,
      That’s awesome. Love to hear when people have been inspired!!!
      Thanks for the comment. Let us know how you go in the future.

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