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Co-Founders & Associates

We have many people who have been fundamental in the development of LEAP to where it is today, some of whom are still key members despite stepping back from a Training role. They are actively promoting LEAP’s work and supporting our Graduates by offering Supervision. 

Ella Jones BA(Hons), MA, PG Dip, UKCP, HEAL

Co-Founder and Senior EFP/L Practitioner

Ella Jones is a co-founder of the LEAP Model of EFP/L, she created 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.

Ella is a psychotherapist and 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. Ella holds a Masters Degree in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, a Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and has a private psychotherapy practice in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.

Ella co-facilitated the ground-breaking LEAP ‘Code Breakers’ Programme (now known as the LEAP ‘Care’ Programme), 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 therapy for trauma.

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, specialising in starting young horses and rehabilitating traumatised horses. 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.

In 2019, Ella decided to step back from the training team to focus on her private practice and having space to create new material, she remains a key member of the senior therapeutic team.

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.