HEEL ME is a barter-system business based in Washington State that offers person-centered service animal training, emotional support coaching, and disability rights consulting.

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Training is for people with disabilities who want to train their own service animal and need an advocate on their team.

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Rhombus with a cartoon inside of a black dog dancing with his paws in the air.

Molly says, ''Sarah went above and beyond what I expected out of a dog trainer. Her services were helpful when I was considering adoption vs. breeder. The majority of consultation happened right after I got my dog, Gal. As a new puppy parent, I (and my mom as well) had endless questions for Sarah that she answered via text, phone call, video, and Skype sessions. Sarah was prompt and explained things in a way I could understand. We dealt with a few bumps along the way, but Sarah reassured me through the many highs and lows of puppyhood.''

Training includes ongoing support with self-doubt and discrimination. Clients practice reframing puppy and people problems as opportunities for learning and growth.

Specific services can include:

  • Research, resources, and Reiki while finding and training your own service animal
  • In-person lessons, phone call check-ins, Skype sessions, and text conversations
  • Personalized HEEL ME stories, poems, affirmations, etc.
  • Accessible advocacy (e.g. Sara(h)’s presence at, and preparation for, public access trainings)
  • Accountabilitywith practicing in public, keeping track of training logs, and taking care of yourself

Coaching is for people who think they need an emotional support animal but do not know how to find that support.

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Rhombus with a cartoon inside of a yellow cat with one eye holding a blue heart.

Seth says, ''When I met Sarah, no one had known that I desired an emotional support animal for several years now. I've mentioned how much animals, especially cats, calm me...but I've never felt valid in needing emotional support from a cat, much less people. Sarah helps me feel empowered - to give myself permission to need more than I can provide for myself. She makes me feel not only heard but also cared about, both professionally and on a more personal friendship level. I trust her and value her advice, encouragement, and knowledge with service animals and emotional support animals. She's a true friend and hard worker.''

Coaching includes creative support with any questions and concerns that arise throughout the administrative process. Clients practice asking for the help they need.

Specific services can include:

  • Research, resources, and Reiki while learning self-advocacy skills
  • In-person lessons, phone call check-ins, Skype sessions, and text conversations
  • Personalized HEEL ME letters of encouragement, cat doodles, songs, etc.
  • Accessible advocacy (e.g. Sara(h)’s presence at, and preparation for, appointments with licensed health professionals)
  • Accountability with practicing mindfulness, setting goals and intentions, and asking for the help you need

Consulting is for people who want to understand their rights, roles, and responsibilities in building a more inclusive community.

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Rhombus with a cartoon inside of a woman with scoliosis wearing maroon and holding her arms in an 8 shape.

Ben from eightstep me says, ''I’ve known Sarah my entire life, but it wasn’t until recently that I truly introduced myself to her. Since then, my feelings of depression and loneliness have gone from overwhelming to practically non-existent. Sarah has guided me from my comfort zone as an introverted, egotistical loner to a space where I can feel secure in my vulnerability – not just with others, but with myself! She is such an amazing and thorough consultant that I am making it my full-time job to pay it forward and help others find this vision of community that Sarah has given me.''

Consulting includes informed support for nonprofit administrators, licensed health professionals, business owners, store managers, landlords, dog trainers, and more. Clients can become trusted HEEL ME referrals or Summer Associates.

Specific services can include:

  • Research, resources, and Reiki while learning your rights and responsibilities
  • In-person lessons, phone call check-ins, Skype sessions, and text conversations
  • Personalized HEEL ME referrals, trainings, investigative journalism, etc.
  • Accessible advocacy (e.g. Sara(h)’s presence at, and preparation for, conversations about accommodations with clients, tenants, staff, volunteers, etc.)
  • Accountability with practicing self-awareness, role modeling integrity, and applying inclusive values to communal settings