Director of Clinical Practice
Mike 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 Facilitated Psychotherapy in the UK, having pioneered its development since 2004. He initially introduced it to residential addiction treatment but soon realised its power and began using it in a range of conditions including young people who were sexually traumatised and adults with trauma and PTSD
Mike is seen as an expert and regularly gives talks and presents papers on EFP/L in the UK and abroad, including a presentation of a research paper to the Royal College of Psychiatrists Conference in London around the efficacy of EFP for young people who have experienced childhood sexual trauma.
Mike is a Mental Health/Addictions Therapist with over 40 years’ experience working with individuals, rehabilitation centres and professional bodies in the UK and internationally. Over the last twenty years Mike has managed several facilities including Barley Wood in Bristol and the Addictive Behaviour Centre in Birmingham. He has also been responsible for developing four new treatment facilities, Silkworth Lodge in Jersey in 2002, Stepps in Gloucestershire in 2004, Bayberry in 2012 and more recently Delamere Health, the UK’s first purpose-built addiction treatment centre in 2020.
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 Zenith Childcare in Gloucestershire.
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 returned to his native Scotland where has established his Private Practice and In January 2020 forged a partnership with Julie-Anne Griffith to create Equi-Scotia, a Community Interest Company providing a range of services including Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning, Leadership Training and accredited Equine Facilitated Training Courses. Mike can be contacted directly on
Director of Business Development
Julie-Anne began her working life as a British Horse Society accredited instructor in the mid- eighties when she founded her own successful horse-riding centre whilst still in her teens.
The loss of use the premises where she ran the business prompted a move to London, and this saw the start of a new career in growing communications businesses (Millicom cellular UK and SKY PLC). Over 10 years she developed leadership and change management skills through lived experience and study with Open Business School whilst working full time. After becoming a parent in the mid-nineties she chose to follow a career in Further Education where college term holidays were a better fit with family commitments, and she progressed from an initial post as a lecturer in horse management to leadership roles in quality management and academic development.
Since 2011 she has run her own practice as a strategy facilitator, with a special interest in balance scorecard and executive coaching. She’s trained senior practitioner level with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) in business and executive coaching, and also achieved distinction in a QII certificate in Equine Assisted Learning gained in 2016. A brush with cancer in 2007 provides first-hand experience of the link between good physical and mental health, and underpins Julie-Anne’s a clear focus on supporting well-being in individuals and organisations. After near miss, with a kick to the head by a much loved horse, Julie-Anne decided to explore new ways of being around horses and in now enjoys bringing together her two passions, horses and helping individuals and teams to be more self-aware and effective in their every day life and work.
Her training as a facilitator of equine assisted brings knowledge of the principles of equitation science and natural horsemanship, and adds to her extensive experience working with horses. As well as being a facilitator of equine facilitated learning, Julie-Anne also delivers training in care and horse management. She can be contacted on