Search our directory and find your nearest “Lead The Way Certified” therapy dog & handler teams. Search for the right team by service category – Aged Care, Disability, Education/Schools, Health/Medical, Mental Health, Recreational or Volunteer
Here you will find the many graduates of Lead The Way AAI Institute. Our graduates have undergone intensive assessments, and agree to follow the strictest ethical, safety and professional guidelines. Lead The Way does not offer individual recommendations or endorsements, neither are graduates employees of Lead The Way.
Whats New? From 2019, all Certified Handlers will be listed in our Directory, including their level of certification!
Directory listings will include; the handler’s Certification Number and level (Certified Handler, Advanced Handler, Multi-Dog Handler or Practitioner) and will include the dog’s level of certification (Visiting, Advanced, Multi-Dog) and expiration date.
Bachelor of Behavioural Science (1994)
Graduate Diploma in Applied Child Psychology (1995)
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) (1998)
Provision of psychological services, including the assessment and treatment of mental illnesses and psychological problems. I initially specialised in child and adolescent mental health, but moved to private practice in February 2007, and have worked across the age range since then. My original training and ongoing professional development, enables me to deliver a range of techniques and therapies to assist people. My therapy dog, Sammy, is a delightful little boy who loves greeting people warmly into my office. I believe his presence helps clients to feel more relaxed, and he is particularly helpful for those experiencing anxiety, stress and PTSD. Having children of my own, Sammy especially loves children and teenagers. Which is very helpful for anxious or reluctant kids.
Melbourne End of Life Doula Services
End of Life Doula
End of Life Doula (Support Service).
Volunteer Visiting (Hospitals, Palliative Care, Hospices, Aged Care Facilities, Home).
I can also provide Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) alongside psychologists, counsellors and other mental health professionals. If you would like to include an Animal Assisted Intervention (Therapy) dog in your sessions please call to discuss how I may be of assistance.
• Accredited EMDR Practitioner (Stage 1, Stage 2, Master Class)
• Advanced Certificate of Supervision
• Certificate 1V Clinical Hypnosis
• Certificate IV Counselling & Conflict Resolution
• Certificate Ethical Maturity – Supervision
• Certificate for Group Supervision
• Certified in Brainspotting™, Consultant, Supervisor and Expert,
• Diploma Clinical Hypnosis
• Diploma Ego State Therapy
• Graduate Diploma Advanced Counselling
• Masters Psychotherapy & Counselling
I have a focus within my work on grief &; loss, crisis and trauma, eating disorders and addictions and work with all presenting issues and symptoms that arise within the client work.
I work with adolescents and adults individually or in groups. I provide the choice of one hour session or intensive sessions of three hours on subsequent days in the one week. I provide clinical supervision individually or in group either face to face or by Skype.
My philosophy is to work together with each client to assist them to achieve their desired goals in a calm, safe and positive way. Underlying issues often play a significant role in what and how we feel. I use a combination of Psychotherapy, Brainspotting™, Animal Assisted Therapy, EMDR, Trauma Informed Therapy, Brain Based Therapies, Somatic Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Rhythm Drumming and Hypnotherapy to assist in identifying and working with any underlying issues.
I work in an integrative way that empowers and supports adaptive coping skills that see individuals as not only capable of surviving but thriving through celebrating resilience and self compassion and empathy for self and others.
EMDR and BrainspottingTM are advanced neurobiological psychotherapies that integrate and combine with talk therapies, expressive therapies, body centred psychotherapy and trauma specific and trauma informed therapies to support clients to make meaning in a way that allows healing and promotes living a more pleasant life.
Art of Life Counselling and Art Therapy
Bachelor in Counselling
Associate Degree in Holistic Counselling
Advanced Diploma in Trans-personal Art Therapy
Trauma Informed Practitioner
Cert Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Competency
Animal Assisted Psychotherapy
I specialise in trauma and confronting life experience recovery counselling.
I also work with anxiety, grief and loss, somatic and psychogenic
disorders and P.T.S.D.
In our one hour sessions together, I will be by your side to safely navigate
your recovery in the direction that you wish to go, at your own pace.
Intensive Therapy Dog Handlers – 5 Day Intensive, Youth Worker, Equine Specialist, EAGALA qualified, EPI model qualified, currently studying Counselling/Community Services
Here at Equine Fusion, we have a team of horses, humans and therapy dogs working together to provide Equine Psychotherapy, Equine Assisted Growth and Learning and Canine Programs for groups, individuals and families. Tama is a freelance Equine Professional and Therapy Dog Handler based in Bairnsdale and travels Victoria and beyond to work with Education and Mental Health Professionals to deliver AAT programs.
Certificate III in children’s services
First aid, asthma management, anaphylaxis certificates
Together we can provide social and emotional support for school students. Giving them more confidence and a calmer outlook. In the aged care Sammy can improve a person’s cognitive, social and emotional health.
Note: This directory is intended as a general reference source of individuals who have completed our certification course(s), however please note that LTW makes no recommendation, endorsement or association with these individuals or businesses. Information provided should be carefully evaluated and users should make their own independent decision about their particular circumstances. Health professionals working in Australia must carry registration with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), and teachers must be registered with their state board. Other professionals may carry memberships with relevant professional bodies. We recommend all AAI practitioners hold membership of AAIAA (Animal-Assisted Intervention Association of Australia).