Ella Jones

Ella Jones is an owner and director of LEAP, and is a key member of the senior therapeutic team. 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 programme in Washington State, USA, and is co-founder of the LEAP Model of EFP/L. 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) with Mike Delaney, 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. Along with other members of the senior team, Ella facilitates the Level 5 Diploma in EFP – The LEAP Method, the LEAP EFL Practitioner Training Programme, and Introduction to EFP/L workshops.

Most recently, Ella Jones and Mike Delaney brought together their knowledge, interests and expertise to create the Ofqual-regulated Level 5 Diploma in EFP – the LEAP Method, the only regulated and recognised EFP training in the UK specifically for mental health professionls. Mike and Ella also created the LEAP EFP/L Practitioner Training Programme which is now in its fifth year and has ninety graduates practicing in the UK.

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.


Past and Current Confer Events


Animal Assisted Psychotherapy with Traumatised People
Saturday 27 January 2018


Danielle Knafo and Rocco Lo Bosco (2020) Confer


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