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An Introduction to Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy & Learning


An experiential workshop for therapists, mental health workers, teachers, and any other interested individuals who are curious about the benefits of EFP/L and who would like further insights into how it works. No prior horse experience required. No mental health qualification required. This profound experience is varied and interesting, covering both reflective work and more active approaches. A day of experiential sessions aimed at providing a small taster of what may be possible within this field and signposting the best way for you to move forward and be part of it. The LEAP Model of EFP/L is introduced, and time given to discuss the field as a whole.


Mike Delaney

DelaneyMike Delaney is one of the leading practitioners of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning in the UK, treating over 700 patients in the last seven years with this powerful, healing and self-esteem boosting psychotherapy. Mike's EFP/L skills were also used to help treat London Underground staff with substance issues following the July 2005 tube bombings.

Mike is a highly skilled and experienced practitioner who is passionate about the powerful benefits of therapeutically working with horses. He has witnessed incredible changes particularly in clients who initially presented as blocked, incommunicative or resistant through painful life experiences. He also works with addictions, depression, co-dependency, PTSD and other Complex Mental Health Issues.

Along with Ella Bloomfield, Mike devised and facilitates the Introduction to EFP/L WorkshopEFP/L for Working with Young People Workshop and the LEAP EFP/L Practitioner Training Programme.


Ella Jones (formerly Bloomfield)

Ella Jones, BA hons, HEAL Cert.

Ella Jones is a key member of the therapeutic team at LEAP, and is one of the leading EFP/L practitioners in the UK. Ella is a graduate of the HEAL (Human Equine Alliance for Learning) facilitator training program in Washington State, USA, and is in the final dissertation stage of her Masters in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy at BCPC in Bath, UK.

Ella 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 devised and facilitates the Introduction to EFP/L Workshop, EFP/L for Working with Young People Workshop and the LEAP EFP/L Practitioner Training Programme.

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 work. 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.


How to book a workshop

If you would like to attend one of our ' Introduction to EFP/L' workshops please choose from the dates below, download registration form, fill in your details and return it to LEAP along with your payment to book a place.

The workshop fee is £185, or £170 if you book with a friend.

These workshops will only run if there are sufficient numbers of bookings and will be cancelled if the minimum number is not reached. If this happens participants will have their payments refunded. This rarely happens, however.


An Introduction to Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy & Learning - Workshop Dates:


 Friday, March 18th, 2016 

with Ella Jones (formerly Bloomfield), assisted by Jo Saunders 

The Paddock, Bourne's Green, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 7NW



Saturday, March 19th, 2016

with Mike Delaney and Sarah Hopton

Hayden Lodge, The Chase, Rosliston, Derbyshire, DE12 8HY)



Contact Us

0776 0776 500


5 Minute Video Intro to EAP

Project funded by Children in Need

Please call 0776 0776 500 or email info@leapequine.com for further details.