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 and nature-assisted therapy include 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 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, MA, 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, natural horsemanship and liberty work.
Sarah has attended conferences focused on equine-facilitated mental health through CanTRA, and on animal-assisted therapy and the human-animal bond at Green Chimneys Children’s Centre in New York. She has also presented at different conferences, including the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) in Toronto, and is helping to coordinate and speaking at the upcoming International Symposium for Equine Welfare and Wellness in Germany, focusing on the wellbeing of animals in equine interaction programs.
She is an avid student of horsemanship from a variety of approaches, drawing mainly from the fields of natural horsemanship and liberty work. She has also volunteered for a number of years at The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada and has a deep appreciation for donkeys and mules. She currently offers private sessions at a farm on the outskirts of Waterloo Region and co-facilitates retreat workshops at a farm in Wellington County.