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What is…

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a developing treatment in which humans interact with horses in their natural environment as a tool for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a mental health professional / therapist, a horse professional and the patient.

EAP is experiential in nature; this means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, then discussing and processing feelings, behaviours and patterns.

The focus of EAP is not riding or horsemanship, it takes place purely on the ground. The therapy involves activities with the horses which will require the client or group to apply skills such as assertiveness, problem-solving, taking responsibility, relationship building and leadership.


This alternative but highly successful treatment method rapidly breaks down defence barriers, providing immediate cause and effect situations and promoting change from dysfunctional patterns to successful ones.

EAP is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that uses the dynamic nature of horses to address addiction and a variety of mental health and human development needs including challenging behaviour, attention deficit disorder, depression, abuse issues, eating disorders and relationship problems.

LEAP Equine Therapy Centre

LEAP’s purpose is to provide safe and healing Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) and Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) for individuals and groups, and to provide high quality, professional training for those who wish to become EFP/L practitioners.

Mike Delaney is a Senior EFP/L Practitioner and Trainer at LEAP. Click here for more.

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LEAP EFP/L Practitioner Training Programme

The LEAP EFP/L Practitioner Training Programme consists of two taught modules of four days each, with a 4-5 month period of independent study, supervision and practice sessions between the two modules. The programme is designed for those who intend to pursue EFP (equine facilitated psychotherapy) or EFL (equine facilitated learning) as a career, or as an addition to their existing practice.


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.

Introduction to EFP/L for Working with Young People; A one-day introductory workshop intended for those working with young people, or interested in doing so, and those interested in incorporating horses into their practice with young people.

For further information, visit the LEAP website or contact;

Ella Bloomfield – Director, Senior EFP/L Practitioner & Trainer Call +44 (0)7760 776500 or email

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