Sarah Schlote, MA, RP, CCC, SEP is a Registered Psychotherapist, Canadian Certified Counsellor and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner who has completed extensive post-graduate training in the field of trauma treatment and trauma-informed care. Supplementing her trauma-focused master’s degree in Counselling Psychology is a long-standing interest in animal-and nature-based approaches that focus on the human-animal bond.
Somatic Experiencing and Trauma Resolution
Her foundation within the Somatic Experiencing® field includes:
- Somatic Experiencing® 3-year training program with Berns Galloway, MEd, CCC, SEP and Kathy Kain, MA, SEP
- Touching Trauma: Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists with Kathy Kain, MA, SEP (90 hours)
- Somatic Resilience and Regulation: Early Developmental Trauma Training with Kathy Kain, MA, SEP and Steve Terrell, PsyD, SEP (focusing on touch, somatics, developmental neuroscience, and polyvagal theory in the repair of attachment ruptures and trauma, 72 hours)
- Master Class on Body Reading and Developmental Trauma with Dr. Peter Levine, including presenting a demo client to Dr. Levine (24.5 hours)
- Training assistant for Somatic Experiencing cohorts
- Healing Shame webinars with Dr. Bret Lyon, SEP and Sheila Rubin, LCSW
Additional trauma trainings and workshops she has attended include but are not limited to:
- EMDR Basic Training with Barbara Horne, MASc, RMFT (parts 1 and 2, 60 hours)
- Shame and Self-Loathing in the Treatment of Trauma with Dr. Janina Fisher (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy principles)
- The Art of EMDR Webinar Series (the structural dissociation model for parts work) with Kathy Martin, LCSW
- Body Memory Recall (Levels 1 and 2) with Jonathan Tripodi
- Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment Workshop with Dr. Elizabeth Warner from The Trauma Center
- Various workshops and presentations by Dr. Daniel Siegel (Interpersonal Neurobiology), Dr. David Berceli (Trauma Release Exercises), Dr. Gabor Maté, and presentations featuring principles drawn from Bodynamics, Bioenergetics and other models.
For a more complete list of trauma trainings and conferences attended, please click here.
Sarah’s background in the field of animal-assisted therapy includes volunteering with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs, volunteering for national committees involved in the development of standards and ethics for the fields of animal-assisted therapy and equine-facilitated wellness in Canada, coordinating The Natural Connection (a comprehensive online directory for animal- and nature-based interventions, programs, trainings and resources, no longer active), conducting her master’s thesis on the state of the field in Canada, and incorporating her dogs in therapy sessions.
Her interest in a trauma-informed approach to equine-assisted work led her to train with Deborah Marshall at Generation Farms in Nanaimo, BC. Deborah’s approach, Integrative Equine-Facilitated Wellness, draws from the neuroscience of trauma and mindfulness, and incorporates principles and perspectives drawn from Dr. Peter Levine, Dr. Robert Scaer, Dr. Pat Ogden, Dr. Daniel Siegel, Dr. Eugene Gendlin, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Babette Rothschild, as well as the ecopsychology work of Jon Young, Richard Louv, Michael Cohen and others. It also incorporates elements from Linda Kohanov’s Eponaquest Approach, relational horsemanship and liberty work.
More recently, she completed the Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship training with Bettina Shultz-Jobe and Tim Jobe, about Trauma-Focused Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy. This model is grounded in the neurosequential development and neurobiology of trauma work of Dr. Bruce Perry, as well as in attachment theory applied to both horse and human relationships.
Sarah has attended a variety of animal- and equine-assisted therapy conferences over the years as well, including the Power of the Horse (CanTRA/EAMH, BC, 2007), the International Society for Anthrozoology Conference (Toronto, 2008), the Humane Education Conference (Green Chimneys Children’s Center, New York, 2011), and the International Symposium for Equine Welfare and Wellness (Germany, 2018).
A former volunteer for The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, she is an avid student of horsemanship from a variety of approaches, drawing mainly from the fields of natural horsemanship, liberty work, ethology, and equine behaviourism.