Our Team



Dr Anja Kriegeskotten
MD, FRANZCP
Certificate of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Psychiatrist for children, adolescents, families and adults 

EAGALA certified Mental Health Expert for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

AAPT level 1 


Dr Anja is a Psychiatrist trained in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as general Adult Psychiatry. She has extensive experience and a special interest in trauma.

Dr Anja is also trained and certified to use the EAGALA model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. She has completed Part I and Part II as well as the advanced EAGALA training. She attended two EAGALA Pacific conferences in 2012 and 2013. In the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy team Dr Anja holds the role of Mental Health Expert leading the psychotherapeutic intervention.  

Dr Anja has additionally attended level 1 training in AAPT (Animal Assisted Play Therapy).

Dr Anja holds current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA - formerly Medical Board).

Dr Anja has been working in psychiatry since 1997 across Australia and specialised in child and youth psychiatry in 2004.

Her work experience includes working for Qld Health in a specialised team treating traumatised children and adolescents in foster care. For this role Dr Anja engaged in extensive professional development in treatment of childhood trauma. She has also worked at community mental health clinics in Qld and formerly in NT working with children and adolescents as well as adults. She has also participated in outreach to remote indigenous communities and mining towns.

Anja has been fascinated by horses all her life and has been riding for over 20 years. She has owned horses since 1995. She has competed in Endurance Riding in the past, but now enjoys leisurely trail rides. 

Dr Anja is also available for private in-room psychiatric consultations at NCYP in Strathpine. Please call 07 3106 5447  to arrange an appointment. See the 'Contact Us' tap above.


Equine Specialists:

Tina Smith

Tina is an EAGALA trained Equine Specialist and has 35 years experience with horses. She is a Pcaq Level C instructor and Ncas.


Please see Tina's website for details: http://www.horseshelpingheal.com/contact


Mandy Shapland is a Veterinary Surgeon who has decided to take a different direction now that her family has left home!  With many years of experience working closely with horses and observing the unique relationship between people and horses, Mandy began to look into the field of Equine Assisted Therapy.  After much research into the many different methods being used, it seemed that in order to help people to reach their best potential, an Equine Assisted Therapy which has a mental health professional involved in the sessions would give the best possible outcome for clients.  This lead to Mandy studying the EAGALA method and having completed her certification with EAGALA in 2015, she has been working closely with psychologists from The Long Gallery, with a variety of clients.



Please see Mandy's website for details: https://horsesleadingchange.wordpress.com
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