We have a number of Senior LEAP Practitioners across the country, these are LEAP Graduates who have a minimum of 300 clinical hours and a minimum of two years experience.
Emma Leckie, Senior EFP/L Practitioner
Emma is a Senior EFP/L Practitioner. Her life has been defined by a love of humans, horses and other animals. Her career has included working for the international equine charity World Horse Welfare, being a Trustee of an Animal Sanctuary and volunteering in the early days of ChildLine. She began her journey to become an Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist four years ago, becoming a LEAP Practitioner in 2014. She is qualified to Post Graduate Diploma level in Counselling and Psychotherapy and is currently completing her MA dissertation, researching the effect of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy on the therapeutic relationship. She is a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adheres to their code of ethics (www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework). BA Hons, MSc, PG Dip. Counselling and Psychotherapy, UKCP (Trainee member).
Emma has a private practice at her home in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside where she works with individuals, families and groups of all ages. Her work is facilitated by a long established herd of naturally kept horses, as well as cats, dogs, chickens and even a pair of bearded dragons. She firmly believes in, and works with, the therapeutic benefits of the human-animal bond and the powerful affects of being at one with nature. Emma particularly enjoys working with adolescents and has worked for a number of years with young people who have been excluded from mainstream education using horses to facilitate learning and personal development. She has experience of working with children, young people and adults suffering from anxiety, depression, self-harming, ADHD, behavioural problems and the affects of bullying.
Sandy Kempson, Senior EFP/L Practitioner
Sandy is a LEAP Senior EFP/L Practitioner. She is a counsellor in Psychodynamic Therapy and Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy; accredited with the BPC and a registered member of the BACP.
Having loved horses since childhood along with appreciating first hand the therapeutic nature of being around equine companions, training with LEAP in 2015 was a natural progression in her counselling career.
Sandy has her private practice and a home for her horses in the beautiful area of the Kent Downs, with easy access from South London and close to Maidstone in Mid Kent. With over 1500 hours of clinical practice within NHS IAPT service, schools and charitable agencies, her range of experience includes working with abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, bereavement, bullying, Autism, eating disorders and adoption. Her particular interest in adoption and attachment issues stems from personal experience of separation from birth parents, living with a step parent and later in life with step children. Within her private practice, North Downs Therapy, Sandy works with both adults and young people on a one to one basis and is committed to maintaining an ethical and natural horsemanship approach to her work, striving to maintain her horses' emotional wellbeing whilst working in partnership together.
Philippa Williams, Senior EFP/L Practitioner and Clinical Supervisor
Philippa is a LEAP Senior EFP/L Practitioner and Supervisor. She is an experienced Psychologist and author, whose research interests lay in body-mind processes and attending to the body when working with trauma. Philippa developed Equine Enlightenment in 2014 with a passion to facilitate healing through the power of the horse. Horses have always held a special place in her heart and have offered solace and respite through many challenging life events.
Alongside her EFP work, Philippa has extensive experience and training at doctoral level, providing psychological and psychotherapeutic interventions for a broad range of presenting issues. Philippa supervises other practitioners' clinical work in both equine and room-based settings. Her experience, love and passion for horses enables her to share tools and techniques that help to attend to the care and needs of the therapy horse. She has presented at conferences internationally and lectured in EFP, all aspects of equestrianism and counselling at university level.
Philippa is based in Buckinghamshire but will travel to other locations. She works with adults, young people, families/ couples and groups.
Victoria David, Senior EFP/L Practitioner
Victoria is a LEAP Senior EFP/L Practitioner. She is an experienced counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Victoria has worked with clients in a range of settings including schools and community counselling services. She is currently working for a local charity where she works with children and young people, alongside her private practice where she also works with adults.
Horses have been an integral part of Victoria's life since early childhood and she decided to combine her love of horses with her counselling experience. She trained with LEAP in 2015 and subsequently gained the Crossfields Institute Level 5 Diploma in EFP; she runs her Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) practice alongside her private counselling practice. Victoria works with individuals and is experienced in helping clients with depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, bereavement, family issues, relationship/friendship issues, self-harm and abuse. Victoria's EFP practice is based in a peaceful location amongst scenic East Sussex countryside, where her three horses live together in a relaxed environment supporting their emotional and physical wellbeing.
Danielle Mills (formerly Sinclair), Senior EFP/L Practitioner and Training Assistant
Danielle is a LEAP Senior EFP/L Practitioner and Training Assistant. Danielle has been around horses since she was a child. She is a stanch advocate for the power of horses as therapists and has been interested in pursuing this as a career since the age of 15. Danielle completed her Equine Assisted Psychotherapy training with LEAP in September 2015 and has since gone on to complete the Crossfields Institute Level 5 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy: The LEAP Method, in 2017.
Since qualifying Danielle has worked in private practise as Pony Partnerships CIC and since 2016, with Sarah Watson at Life on Dreams both in South Derbyshire.
Danielle’s specialist areas included working with children and young people, those affected by eating difficulties and disorders and body image and self-esteem issues, bereavement, life limiting illnesses, anxiety, depression and behaviour issues. Danielle has experience of working with children, young people, and adults within psychiatric inpatient care, community mental health settings, education settings and residential care within the statutory, private and voluntary sectors. Danielle has also received funding with her CIC to work with children and young people who have been excluded from mainstream education, utilising horses to facilitate learning and personal development. This includes children from a local school for the deaf, with whom Danielle can communicate up to BSL Level 1.
Danielle has a BSc with first class honours in Counselling and Therapeutic Studies from Leeds Metropolitan University; CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling working within an integrative model; Advanced Motivational Interviewing; Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner training, Time Line Therapy training and Hypnotherapy training with Inspire 360. She is a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and is currently studying a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision. Danielle is also in the final stages of her PhD at the University of Nottingham looking at young men and health, as well as lecturing at the University of Derby.
Claire Misson, Senior EFL Practitioner and Training Assistant
Claire has a lifelong love of horses and started from a traditional background in The Pony Club as a youngster. Claire had a ‘light bulb’ moment in the summer of 2005 when out in the fields with her own herd she was struck by the healing and therapeutic benefits of being around horses. Research led Claire to initially become certified as an EAGALA Equine Specialist in October that year. In 2014 Claire certified in Equine Guided Leadership Development and in September 2015 began her journey with LEAP.
Claire founded ‘Mirror Me’ in 2005 and works regularly with fellow LEAP Senior Practitioner Jo-Anne Karlsson, providing services to Reading Borough Council, several special schools in Berkshire and works with private clients of all ages.
Claire founded the Equine Assisted & Facilitated Practitioner’s Network (EAFPN) in January 2013 to provide a community for any practitioners working in this industry. .Members come from many different models and membership of the group is global with members in the UK, Europe, America, Canada, South Africa and Australia. Practitioners meet regularly in the UK to network, support, collaborate and share best practice and Conferences have taken place in the UK in 2015 and 2018.
Claire lives in West Berkshire with her husband, Mike, three adult children, six horses, three dogs and one cat.