Sarah co-facilitates 1:1 sessions with equine professional Cait Grossman-Bond at Bright Stride Equine in Troy, Ontario. Sarah and Cait have both undertaken training in the Natural Lifemanship approach to Trauma‑Focused Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, which includes interactions on the ground and on horseback, with a goal of building a connected and attuned attachment relationship of co-regulation with horses.
Sessions also incorporate EQUUSOMA equine-assisted trauma recovery, adding in Somatic Experiencing on the ground as well as somatic and attachment-focused touch work on a treatment table in the presence of horses. Sarah’s background in trauma‑focused Integrative Equine-Facilitated Wellness and liberty work also informs the sessions. Where relevant, Sarah draws on other therapies and approaches as well.
Sarah is a member of Equine-Facilitated Wellness-Canada and abides by their code of ethics and standards of practice.
Sessions are either 60 or 90 minutes in length, depending on availability and goals, and take place year-round. No prior horse experience is required.
Since sessions are held at a frequency of every 2-4 weeks, in some cases we encourage clients to have another therapist that they see on a regular basis for follow up and integration. If you are not an existing client of Sarah‘s at The Refuge, she is happy to communicate with your existing therapist to align treatment goals, with your consent.
Interested in booking?
Please contact Sarah to determine availability and discuss next steps. An initial intake session in office is typically required before beginning sessions at the farm for clients that are not currently accessing services at The Refuge.
Sarah partners with other practitioners to co-facilitate retreat workshops for clients who are interested in a mini-intensive. These retreats are typically held over a weekend, from 9am to 4pm daily (hours may vary in certain cases), and group sizes are kept small out of respect for the comfort of the human and equine participants and to ensure a more personalized experience.
For more information, please see the Events Calendar for details.