Sarah Schlote

Sarah Schlote, MA, RP, CCC, SEPSarah Schlote, MA, RP, CCC, SEP

Founder and Director of The Refuge
Registered Psychotherapist
Canadian Certified Counsellor
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Room 338



  • Approved mental health counselling provider through the NIHB (Non-Insured Health Benefits) and IRS-RHSP (Indian Residential School – Resolution Health Support Program) for eligible indigenous / native Canadian clients.
  • Pre-approved therapist through Green Shield Canada (certain plans).
  • Approved as a training assistant and personal session provider (all levels) through the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute for students in the SE training.

Sarah’s healing journey has taken her to various gifted therapists, energy healers, bodyworkers, and training facilities across Canada and the US, and she continues to be committed to her own growth and development. Her Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria in BC is supplemented by numerous additional and ongoing post-graduate trainings. She is inspired by the transformative nature of Somatic Experiencing in her own life and passionate about supporting others to heal their relationships with themselves through the body.

Her 15 years’ clinical experience in the social services and health sector include working with severe mental illness in different agencies, sexual assault counselling, crisis line support, settlement services and support for refugees and immigrants, and PAR groups for men charged with assault, prior to shifting to private practice. She is experienced in working with complex early developmental trauma (birth to pre-verbal), childhood abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, dissociation and self states, ritual abuse, colonial trauma survivors, PTSD and shock trauma (including medical trauma, motor vehicle accidents, military service, and first responders), emotional regulation and arousal modulation, anxiety/panic, insecure attachment styles, co-dependency and toxic relationships, engaging healthy aggression and anger, grief and loss, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, boundaries/assertiveness, and spiritual crises. Although her current focus is on psychotherapy and body-oriented work, she began her professional journey as a career counsellor and continues to support clients who are specifically seeking life and career coaching guidance.

Sarah’s rich cultural and spiritual background (having been formerly involved in a number of Christian denominations in the past, both traditional and born again evangelical, as well as being interested in Buddhism and eastern philosophies, shamanism, First Nations traditions and modern spirituality) provides her with a unique perspective that allows her to relate to a wide range of clients and value systems, both secular and spiritual.

Trigger, therapy dog

Trigger is a male field-bred English Setter rescue from Arkansas, USA. He is occasionally in the office with Sarah and provides gentle affection, non-judgmental acceptance, sensory grounding, and can on occasion demonstrate very attuned nervous system resonance, mirroring what is happening for clients in unexpected ways. A happy, playful, goofy guy, he’s a client favourite. When not at The Refuge, he’s an annoying little brother to golden retriever, Doc.




Trigger and Sarah



Master of Arts Degree, Counselling Psychology (thesis track, trauma focus)
The University of Victoria, BC (2006-2009)

Registered Psychotherapist (#3402)
College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)

Canadian Certified Counsellor (#0476)
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SETI)

Clinical Member
United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP)

Full Member
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)


© 2013 –   Sarah Schlote.

The Refuge and EquuSpirit are registered trade names of the Schlote Psychotherapy Professional Corporation