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    Director

    Jo-Anne has had personal experience of living with, and leaving a narcissist; been a step parent to three others, as well as having her own children and becoming legal guardian of her young niece. Due to personal experience Jo-Anne works with adolescents, those who are going through, or thinking of divorce or separation, and those individuals affected by abuse and Narcissists. Jo-Anne also administers a variety of Psychological tests such as the Rorschach for Organisations, the Courts and private clients. As well as recently acquiring and teaching the LEAP Equine model, which is the leading Equine Facilitator Training in the UK. 

    Jo-Anne has lived and worked in the UK, the USA, Spain and Singapore. During this time Jo-Anne has worked with families and young children at the Child Institute of Mental Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital interviewing and administering a variety of tests on the Autism Spectrum. At Sundown Ranch Inc, an adolescent rehabilitation centre in Texas, Jo-Anne worked alongside an experienced team of Counsellors, Psychiatrists and a Mental Health team helping teens and their families with their trauma and addictions. In Singapore Jo-Anne worked alongside their full-time Psychologist in a program for at-risk youth at EQUAL-ARK, offering an intensive 3 hour weekly session for 16 weeks.

    Jo-Anne is a member of British Psychological Society (BPS), the American Psychologists Association (APA), the American Association of Marital and Family Therapists (AAMFT) in the US; and the Association of Family Therapists (AFT) here in the UK. Jo-Anne follows the ethical guidelines of the AAMFT, the BPS and the National Board of Certified Counselors in the USA. Jo-Anne is currently going through the Licensure process to become an LMFT in the state of Illinois, USA.

    Qualifications

    • Derby University – Clinical Supervision
    • University of Surrey – Bachelors in Psychology
    • Capella University – Masters in Marital and Family Therapy, achieving Honours
    • Capella University – Certificate in Addiction and Compulsive Behaviours.
    • National Certified Counsellor (NCC)
    • Licensed Chemical Dependency Counsellor (LCDC) in the State of Texas.
    • LEAP – Equine Assisted Senior Practitioner & Director (United Kingdom)
    • EAGALA – Equine Assisted Practitioner (trained in Texas)
    • EAHAE – Equine Assisted Practitioner (Europe)

    Laura Rattigan

    Laura has been working with horses from a young age, in the quietest and kindest way possible. Laura and her herd have lived in Ireland, Spain, moving to the UK just last year to start practicing. Ted and Basil are ridden bitless and are barefoot, in keeping with keeping things as natural as possible. Laura has experienced of working with individuals and groups in Spain, teaching them how to transition to working energetically and metal free with horses. Once back in the UK, Laura trained with LEAP to qualify in Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) so as to continue sharing with people the gift and wisdom of working with horses. Currently Laura works part time in a children’s placement home helping the individuals with their trauma, emotions, and life skills. Laura specialises in working with those going through Addictions and working towards recovery as well as young people.

    Laura also offers Reflexology and Indian Head Massage from The Snug, or in the comfort of your home depending on location.

    Sarah Hopton MSc MBACP MBA BSc(Cons) LEAP

    Co-owner of Life on Dreams, Derbyshire.

    Sarah has experience of working with individuals from a variety of back grounds having worked at hostels & women’s refuges in the local area. She has spent the last few years working in the field of addiction as a psychotherapist at Bayberry Clinic, where she also ran the equine facilitated programme. She has been in private practise for a number of years now supporting clients with addiction, anxiety, PTSA, trauma, depression, self esteem issues, anger issues, abuse and many more.

    A caring and sensitive person, she has personally received counselling in the past and knows first hand how it can help you regain inner peace, ease anxiety, trust and help improve your self esteem. She believes that the most important part of any therapy is to build a trusting relationship, where clients can feel safe and secure so they feel able to share their experience in confidence.

    Her therapeutic approach is integrative, which allows flexibility for the clients needs and she can adapt her approach accordingly. Also able to incorporate other therapies such as equine facilitated psychotherapy and walk & talk therapy; which are detailed on the

    Sarah is a Registered Member with BACP (MBACP) and abides by their Code of Ethics in her counselling and equine facilitated services. Sarah has completed the BACP Certificate of Proficiency.

    Sarah studied Diploma in Counselling and then went onto complete post graduate qualifications from University of Derby, going onto to achieve MSc: Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy in 2015. Her MSc Research was an analysis of equine facilitated psychotherapy from a clients perspective, for which she achieved a distinction.

    CLAIRE MISSON OF PROJECT HORSES

    Claire Misson, owner and founder of ‘Project Horses’, has spent a lifetime with horses and recognises the amazingly positive effect they have on people.

    Claire set up ‘Project Horses’ in 2014 to run experiential workshops for groups of individuals and school within Berkshire, West Berkshire, and the surrounding Counties. Clients work with horses as partners in the process of personal growth and learning, to deliver positive outcomes in all areas of life.

    Claire successfully graduated as a LEAP EFL Practitioner in October 2015, and has recently been made a Senior EFL Practitioner for LEAP.

    Claire has worked in the corporate sector for 25 years and is passionate about supporting authentic leadership in business, for individuals & groups.

    Mike Delaney (Mental Health and Addiction Specialist)

    Mike Delaney was an owner and director 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 moved back up to Scotland just before the COVID pandemic and now runs a successful practice in the centre of Glasgow.

    Mike gives talks and presents papers on EFP/L in the UK and abroad, including a recent 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.