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Our purpose at LEAP is to provide safe and healing Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) and Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) for individuals and groups, and to provide high quality, professional training for those who wish to become EFP/L practitioners.


Now taking applications for the Crossfields Institute Level 5 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy: The LEAP Method 2019 course! The only Ofqual-regulated qualification designed specifically for mental health professionals.  

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Crossfields Institute Level 5 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy: The LEAP Method

An Ofqual-regulated professional qualification.

The first and only regulated and recognised EFP qualification in the UK specifically for mental health professionals.

2019 Dates - Gloucestershire:  


Block 1    8th - 12th Jan 2019

Block 2       26th - 29th March 2019

Block 3    20th - 24th May 2019 

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Crossfields Institute is the awarding organisation for this qualification and is regulated by Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation). The Institute develops specialist qualifications which aim to support the development of autonomous learners with the intellectual rigour, practical skills, social responsibility and ability to think creatively and act decisively. The Institute is also a higher education institute (HEI) and works in partnerships with universities in the UK and overseas.
To learn more about Crossfields, visit www.crossfieldsinstitute.com



Certificate in Equine Facilitated Recovery™ (EFR™)

The first training that brings together addiction work and Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning in the UK, specifically designed for treatment centres, counsellors, psychotherapists, support workers and qualified EFP/L practitioners. 

EFR™ is a practice that uses horses to support emotional healing for individuals in different stages of addiction recovery.


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Introduction to EFP/L

An experiential, one-day workshop open to everyone interested in exploring EFP/L. This is also the essential pre-requisite workshop for the Level 5 Diploma in EFP and EFL Practitioner Training Programme. Come along and start your journey!

Workshop Dates:


2019 dates coming soon






EFP/L Practitioner Training Programme

EFL Practitioner Training Programme

2019 DATES:

Block 1   8th - 11th January 2019

Block 2   20th - 23rd May 2019

Venue    The Unicorn Equestrian Trust, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire

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Professional Career Development Loans

LEAP is an approved provider with the Learning Skills Agency, meaning you can apply for a Professional and Career Development Loan for the EFL Practitioner Training Programme or the Crossfields Institute Level 5 Diploma in EFP: The LEAP Method.  Our PCDL Registration Number is 21567.

Based on extensive clinical practice, and with a network of over 90 practitioners, LEAP leads the way in EFP/L training in the UK.

LEAP Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy & Learning

We offer an EFP/L Practitioner Training Programme and introductory workshops, as well as CPD courses for those already qualified with LEAP.

With over 1000 clients seen so far, LEAP has created a model of EFP/L based on extensive clinical practice, a model designed specifically for the UK and Europe.

Its Good To Talk

LEAP are organisational members of The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to the BACP Code of Ethics.

Why horses?  

Horses and humans are connected in deep and profound ways. History shows us a long and multi-faceted story of horses and humans working and living side-by-side. More recently, neuroscience has shown us remarkable similarities between the limbic (emotional) brain of horses and humans, which make it possible for horses to serve as both our mirrors and our teachers in terms of understanding ourselves, our emotional life, and the way we relate to ourselves and those around us. And then there is that inexplicable feeling of being around a horse; as Churchill once said, 'There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man', (and of course a woman, and a child).

EFP/L gives us opportunities to interact and form relationships with horses, and to learn from these experiences in a way that involves us physically, emotionally and mentally. Lessons learnt in this holistic way can be more easily absorbed and remembered, resulting in lasting and positive changes that can be transferred to the world of human-human relating.

And these intelligent, sensitive creatures are also our friends; they live entirely in the present, offering us patience, forgiveness, and another chance when we get it wrong. Do we always know how we are feeling? Are we always aware of how we are behaving or affecting others? Horses are radars for incongruence, and will reward us when we behave in a way that is in keeping with who we really are and what we truly feel.

What is the Difference Between EFP and EFL?  

EFP stands for Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy. EFL stands for Equine Facilitated Learning. EFP is practiced by someone with a mental health qualification, and is a form of psychotherapy. EFL can be practiced by people from many spheres of life including teachers, coaches, and professionals from the equine industry, to name just a few.

EFL uses equine-facilitated activities as a tool for self development and education, with a focus on the present moment. Skills include non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, problem-solving, leadership, teamwork, relationship skills, confidence and resilience.

EFP uses equine-facilitated activities to explore the way a client sees and relates to themselves and others, their patterns of behaviour and survival as well as their gifts and strengths, and may include the exploration of past experiences and traumas. EFP is a form of psychotherapy and relies upon the therapeutic knowledge and experience gained through a mental health qualification.

How many sessions?  

We recommend a course of 8 -10 sessions, though the model has also been adapted at LEAP for long-term work. Typically with longer-term work, clients will have a combination of EFP and office-based sessions. Clients with attachment issues often require longer-term work as depth of relationship with the practitioner and the horses is often key to a positive therapeutic outcome.

Please call 0776 0776 500 or contact us for further details.