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 Mike Delaney, Director, Senior EFP/L Practitioner, Trainer

Mike Delaney RNMH,  MBACP,  RMA,  Cert Couns.,  EAGALA 

Mike Delaney is one of the directors of LEAP, and is a key member of the senior therapeutic team. Mike is a Mental Health/Addictions Specialist with over 35 years experience working with individuals, rehabilitation centres and professional bodies in the UK and internationally. He had a successful career for twenty years as a Registered Nurse Manager and CPN within Mental Health/Learning Disability services and, since undergoing treatment for his own addictions in 1996 he has specialised in a range of issues including addictive behaviours, young people who have suffered sexual trauma, co-dependency and relationships.

Over the last fifteen years Mike has managed several facilities including Barley Wood in Bristol and the Addictive Behaviour Centre in Birmingham. He has also been responsible for Project Managing and developing two new treatment facilities, Silkworth Lodge in Jersey in 2002 and Stepps in Gloucestershire in 2004. Until 2008 he was Group Clinical Director of The Stepping Stones Group, a large healthcare organisation for adults with Learning Disabilities and Mental Health issues. Since then he has had a successful Private practice in Gloucestershire and Harley Street London, has provided training for a number of Organisations including Veterans Aid in London and is a Director of Pathways Supported Housing in Weston-super-Mare and LEAP Equine Therapeutic Centre in Westbury on Severn.

Mike is one of the leading practitioners of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in the UK and a pioneer in innovative, highly successful treatment methods. He and Ella Bloomfield have drawn upon their extensive EFP/L clinical background to create the Leap EFP/L Practitioner Training Programme. At present, LEAP is the only EFP/L provider in the UK to have professional endorsement of their workshops and training from the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Mike has also been invited to present a LEAP research paper to the Royal College of Psychiatrists Conference in October around the efficacy of EFP for young people who have experienced childhood sexual trauma

In recovery himself from addiction to alcohol and drugs for over fifteen years, Mike has had first-hand experience of the devastating effects of addiction on an individual and their loved ones and is passionate about using his vast practical and theoretical expertise to help others to succeed in recovery, whether it be from alcohol, drugs, depression, sex, co-dependency, food or gambling.





Ella Jones - Director, Senior EFP/L Practitioner & Trainer


Ella Jones, BA (hons), MA pending, HEAL Cert., BACP, UKCP (trainee member)

Ella Jones is a director of LEAP, and is a key member of the senior therapeutic team. Ella is an experienced EFP/L practitioner for both individuals and groups. Ella is a graduate of the HEAL (Human Equine Alliance for Learning) facilitator training program in Washington State, USA, and also has a private psychotherapy practice in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire. Ella is also in the final dissertation stage of a Masters degree in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy at BCPC in Bath, UK.

Ella co-facilitated the ground-breaking LEAP 'Code Breakers' Programme (now known as the LEAP ‘Care’ Programme) with Mike Delaney, a programme specifically designed to meet the needs of young offenders and vulnerable young people. Ella also sees clients of all ages on a one-to-one basis, and has a particular interest in EFP/L as a treatment for trauma. Along with Mike Delaney, Ella facilitates the Introduction to EFP/L Workshop and EFP/L for Working with Young People Workshop.

Ella Jones and Mike Delaney brought together their knowledge, interests and expertise to create the LEAP EFP/L Practitioner Training Programme. Now in it’s third year, the training has been well-received in the equine and psychotherapeutic communities alike. The training is BACP-endorsed as a CPD activity, and has set a new standard of excellence for training in the UK for EFP/L.

Ella has been involved with horses since childhood, and competed extensively as a young person in the US and UK. As a young adult she worked professionally as a horse trainer, specializing in bringing on young horses, and rehabilitating horses that had experienced trauma. She has an active interest in natural horsemanship methods and incorporates an ethos of partnership, relatedness and gentle leadership into her EFP/L sessional work and trainings. Ella has a teaching background in Steiner/Waldorf education, and is mother of two. She is passionate about the horse-human bond, and the healing that can be achieved for both parties through authentic connection.



Sarah Watson, Senior EFP/L Practitioner & Trainer

Sarah Watson MSc,  MBACP,  MBA,  BSC (Hons), LEAP

Sarah Watson (formerly Hopton) is a Member of the Senior Therapeutic Team at LEAP. She is a qualified psychotherapist holding a MSc with Distinction in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and is currently studying a postgraduate certificate in Clinical Supervision. She is an experienced EFP/L Practitioner having worked since 2013 in private and clinical settings.

Sarah was one of the first LEAP graduates, after which she went on to build a successful private practice at Life on Dreams. Sarah also worked with Mike Delaney at Bayberry Clinic where she ran the EFP Programme.

Sarah had a successful career in blue chip organisations working as a Procurement Executive, Coach and Change Consultant before setting up her own consultancy in 2011. Her offshore projects and global IT agreements were recognised by CiPS seeing her shortlisted for awards.

Sarah has been involved with horses since childhood and as a young adult she trained with the BHS, which led her to teach and compete extensively. She has an active interest in horsemanship which led her to train as an EFL Facilitator in 2008 with Horsejoy, marking the start of her journey into Psychotherapy and EFP. She regularly attends horsemanship clinics and has a passion for Cowboy Dressage.

Sarah is committed to supporting her EFP herd in their work and offering them a choice to be involved in sessions to facilitate an authentic human-horse connection. Her herd is located at Life on Dreams in Derbyshire and is mainly made up of stunning Friesians.




JoAnne Karlsson, Senior EFP/L Practitioner & Trainer

JoAnne Karlsson MSc, MBPsP, NBCC, LCDC, LEAP

Jo-Anne Karlsson is a member of the Senior Therapeutic Team at LEAP.  Jo-Anne is a Systemic and Solution Focused Family Therapist and Addiction Counselor gaining her qualification in the United States of America; as well as a Clinical Supervisor having just qualified from Derby University.  Jo-Anne began her career at the Child Institute of Mental Health in London researching the Autism Spectrum but then went on to be a mother of three step-children and having two of her own before returning to studying Family Therapy.  Jo-Anne is also a National Certified Counselor in the State of Illinois and an experienced EFL/P practitioner since 2012 having practised in the USA, Singapore and the UK in residential, community and private environments.
Jo-Anne was among the first graduates of the LEAP EFP/L Practitioner Training Programme and now runs her own successful private practice in and around Berkshire. Having a mixed herd of ex-polo and rescue ponies, Jo-Anne allows the herd to have a choice of who and how they work with individuals, with majority of clients being young people aged between 8 and 24 years of age.  Jo-Anne is currently looking at studying a PhD in Psychotherapy and Philosophy, specialising in Trauma issues and adolescence.  




Emma Leckie, Senior EFP/L Practitioner & Training Assistant

Emma Leckie BA Hons, MSc, PG Dip. Counselling and Psychotherapy, BACP, UKCP (Trainee member), LEAP

Emma Leckie’s 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 affect of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy on the therapeutic relationship. She is a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) (www.bacp.co.uk) and adheres to their code of ethics (www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework).
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.





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