36_What is Equine with Sarah Schlote founder of EQUUSOMA
Sarah Schlote, MA, RP, CCC, SEP, Registered Psychotherapist, Canadian Certified Counsellor, Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner
Sarah is a bilingual trauma therapist in private practice who integrates a number of approaches in her work, including Somatic Experiencing®, parts work, EMDR, Brainspotting, Deep Brain Reorienting, various forms of somatic touch work to support nervous system regulation and relational repair, and equine-facilitated wellness, among others. She is also the founder of EQUUSOMA® Horse-Human Trauma Recovery, a paradigm shift looking at how human and equine trauma intersect and how to support healing for both species on a bodily and relational level in a variety of equine-related professions.
I am still pretty new to some of the nonconventional psychotherapeutic practices. I was struggling to wrap my head around equine. I knew equine was really close to the Latin word “equinus” and had something to do with horses. Obviously someone mentioned this to me, I was not googling Latin words for fun on a Sunday evening just to do it. Sarah did an amazing job breaking down this concept and helped clarify what it was in a simple and comprehendible way.
It makes so much more sense to me know how equine assisted therapy can be used as a tool to give us a way to become aware of our subconscious mannerisms – ways we are holding stress, built up tension, or fear. A horse lets you know when it is uncomfortable and then you have to evaluate what you are doing that could be causing that.
I have not used equine assisted therapy but can see how it would have been a useful tool to help me become more introspective and aware of how my deeper feeling manifests themselves in my body language, tone of my voice, or by being uncomfortable in a situation. I also enjoyed how Sarah highlights the importance of the horse and that they are treated well and are in a healthy environment when assisting in this type of service.
- Animal assisted play therapy
- Equine assisted therapy
- Talk therapy
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