Sarah Schlote

Sarah Schlote MA, RP, CCC, SEP (she/elle) is a bilingual Registered Psychotherapist, Canadian Certified Counsellor, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in private practice. She is the founder of EQUUSOMA: Horse-Human Trauma Recovery, looking at the intersections of trauma in equines, trauma in humans, equestrian trauma, and how to move from re-enactments to renegotiation and healing for both. She is also the co-founder of Equuscience (along with Dr. Steve Peters). She has also trained in EMDR (for humans and for animals), Brainspotting, Deep Brain Reorienting, attachment work, various forms of parts work and touch work, pre- and peri-natal trauma work, Indigenous Tools for Living, and resolving fear in horses (IAABC).

Her equine-related work goes beyond behaviourism and is informed by ethology, somatics, equitation science, social justice, and relational rupture and repair, among others.,,

Sarah Schlote

Sarah’s 2023 Presentations

What is Equine-Human Trauma Recovery - Sarah Schlote describes the paradigm shift that EQUUSOMA® Horse-Human Trauma Recovery represents. In particular, she discusses the importance of understanding trauma in equines, trauma in humans, equestrian trauma, and how all of these experiences of adversity in captivity conditions can impact the mind, nervous system, behaviour, relationships, and performance. 


The Window Of Tolerance and “Faux Window” - Sarah Schlote reviews the window of tolerance model (Daniel Siegel) and its expansion of the "faux" window (Kathy Kain and Steve Terrell) in relation to equines and people.


Neuroception And The Threat Responce Cycle - Sarah Schlote provides an overview of neuroception and the threat response cycle, including trigger stacking and the importance of completing pendulations (Peter Levine), drawing concepts from the neuroscience literature, mammalian ethology, and the polyvagal theory, and how these apply to equines and humans.


7 Tips of Horse Owners - Sarah Schlote provides 7 tips for horse owners drawing from topics covered in the Equuscience™ program that she co-founded with Dr. Steve Peters. A description of the differences between the EQUUSOMA® professional training and the Equuscience™ educational offerings is also provided to help you decide which option might be right for you.