Mike Delaney MBACP
Co-Founder and Senior EFP/L Practitioner
Mike Delaney is a co-founder of LEAP and the LEAP EFP/L Model and helped create the Ofqual-regulated Level 5 Diploma in EFP- LEAP Method, which remains the only regulated and recognised EFP training in the UK specifically designed for mental health professionals.
Mike is one of the leading practitioners of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in the UK and a pioneer in innovative, highly successful treatment methods. Mike gives talks and presents papers on EFP/L in the UK and abroad, including a presentation of a LEAP research paper to the Royal College of Psychiatrists Conference around the efficacy of EFP for young people who have experienced childhood sexual trauma.
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 and 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.
In recovery himself from addiction to alcohol and drugs, Mike has had first-hand experience of the devastating effects of addiction on an individual and their loved ones. He is passionate about using his vast practical and theoretical expertise to help others succeed in recovery, whether it be from alcohol, drugs, depression, sex, co-dependency, food or gambling.
In 2019, Mike decided to step back from the training team to focus on his private practice in Scotland and his new ventures in addiction treatment. He remains a key member of the senior therapeutic team.