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Welcome to

Harnessing Wellness

Harnessing Wellness Psychology is a private psychological counselling service located in the beautiful Yarra Ranges.

We offer a variety of counselling modes for individuals and small groups delivered in face to face, via tele-health options of phone and zoom (video), and adjunct equine assisted therapy.

The psychologists and counselors working at Harnessing Wellness are registered with the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and other professional associations.

At Harnessing Wellness Psychology, we believe in offering solution-focused, practical evidence-based psychological interventions to support mental health and wellness. Our practitioners have experience and are passionate about working in rural and semi rural communities. Client confidentiality, privacy and emotional well-being are paramount at Harnessing Wellness.

Equine Assisted Psychology

  Loves horses and ponies?Prefer to walk and talk?

Equine Assisted Therapy is an adjunct therapy for those who enjoy being outdoors  with horses and ponies. The psychologist or counsellor is the facilitator and uses evidenced based psychological interventions. Activities with the horses are focus and part of the therapeutic process.

Psychology & Counselling

     What thoughts and behaviours are no longer serving you well?  Psychological counselling is a discussion using a therapeutic framework, that aims to provide a non judgmental and emotionally safe place to explore challenges or barriers to improving mental health and wellbeing.

Equine Assisted Therapy


Unable to make your appointment face to face? We offer telehealth options so you can talk on the phone or via zoom (video) from anywhere in Australia.  It makes psychological counselling more accessible.

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Books, Courses & Resources

Looking for books to assist with talking to children about mental health?  Our psychologist wrote children’s books on mental health and wellbeing. Our courses are being developed to support the wider community.

Special interest in equine assisted therapy ? Learn about how to incorporate equine therapy into your businesses

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Clinical SuperVision, Business Coaching & Mentoring

Student or professional looking for supervision or business coaching? We offer clinical supervision, and coaching for professionals who work with horses and integrate or would like to include them into therapeutic practice. 

‘The horse commonly symbolizes power, grace, beauty, nobility, strength and freedom’.

‘From Hoofprints for Setting Up an Equine Assisted Therapy clinic’

 Naomi Rossthorn

Welcome.  I am Naomi, the Clinical Director of Harnessing Wellness Psychology. I am pictured here with Happy, our senior Therapy pony.  When I began Harnessing Wellness Psychology my mission was to provide psychological counselling to people in a welcoming relaxed environment,  hence why we have a farm setting based office with beautiful views.

We are a small clinic and aim to offer the best possible psychology services to our clients. We cater for a a variety of  people from the suburbs, to semi rural and rural communities.

I believe my work as psychologist is a privilege. Building rapport with people is the basis of the therapeutic process and without it harnessing wellness may be difficult. 

I enjoy the rural lifestyle and horses and since 2010 have worked, trained in and researched equine assisted therapy. ‘Hoofprints for Setting Up and Equine Assisted Therapy Clinic‘ is a compilation of my personal and professional knowledge.

In 2020, during the pandemic,  I wrote books for children, based on the horses and ponies we work with here at Harnessing Wellness.  ‘Happy the Very Sad Pony‘ and ‘Trigger the Anxious Horse‘ for kids struggling to understand mental health.


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 COVID-19- SAfety Plan and Harnessing WEllness 

Harnessing Wellness is open and continuing to provide services to the community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We offer our services in accordance and in the safety of our clients, families, team members, and the community in mind. We have a COVID-19 safe plan in place which is reviewed following Victorian Government and professional body advice.

We are offering equine assisted psychology when it fits into the restriction and COVID-19 safe guidelines.  Offering equine assisted therapy can be difficult due to adhering to social distancing regulations and infectious control procedures therefore we revise this regularly. Please contact us to discuss if we are able to offer equine assisted therapy at this time. Thank you for your understanding and consideration.

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Office location 1. Suite 1, 3 Station Street, Mount Evelyn, 3796.

Office location 2. Equine Assisted Therapy Office. During COVID-19 we are working from our Horse Therapy Office as it complies with the COVID safe plan. The address will be given to you at the time of the appointment and in follow up communication.

Please note: Harnessing Wellness is not a 24 hour emergency or crisis service. If you are in crisis,  or need to access emergency services or support 24 hours please call 000 Life Line 13 11 14,  Kids Help Line 1800 557 800, Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636, Gamblers Help 1800 858 858, Men’s Line 1300 789 978, Q Life 1800 184 527, Open Arms 1800 011 046, Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467, Domestic Violence Support 1800 737 732.

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Harnessing Wellness Psychology, Naomi Rossthorn and associates acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First People and the Traditional Custodians of the lands across Australia. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.