The Equine Gestalt Coaching Method ® was developed by Melisa Pearce, a core founder since 1989, of the horse-human healing movement. The method is experiential and involves the horse as an active partner with the coach in the client’s exploratory process. The approach of the equine’s interaction combined with positive coaching, somatic awareness guidance and Gestalt methodology, assists the client in examining their life and choices made with a focus on designing a positive future.
Equine Gestalt Coaching is based on coactive coaching which holds the client as an active participant in the coaching process. You are seen as whole and resourceful. You have your own answers but they are outside of your awareness.
Gestalt is a German word which translates to flowing into form and wholeness. Fritz Perls, the founder of gestalt, believed that having an understanding of all the parts of self, all the parts that make up your whole personality, is the true essence of emotional health.
Equines are extremely intuitive, sentient beings. In the wild they must rely on their instincts for survival. Their heightened senses allow them to pick up on the energy and emotions of humans such as insecurity, anger, pain, sadness, incongruency, or inauthenticity.
Through coactive coaching and gestalt principles you come to understand things that have previously been out of your awareness. Fear and loneliness, traumas and grief, anger and blame can be brought into the present moment, processed, and released, allowing for more freedom, joy, and peace.
You’ve been in recovery for a while and consistently done the work, which has kept you on your path. But despite all that, you feel somehow incomplete – there’s something outside of your awareness that is poking at you, wanting to be acknowledged and healed. You want to be more than “in recovery” – you want to be BEYOND recovery: integrated, whole, and healthy. You know you’ve been holding yourself back, and you’re not sure how or why; but you do know that you are ready to unleash your full potential. You’re motivated to get to know the parts of yourself that may have been overshadowed along the way so that you can live a vibrant life, fulfilled, and aligned with your deepest values.
My teenage years were troubled and rebellious but, in my 20s, I found sobriety. Eight years and a divorce later, I stumbled back down a path of self-destruction. I came off the rails and spiraled out of control, all the way to rock bottom at 36. I got sober again and this time it stuck. I finished the psychology degree I’d abandoned earlier and secured myself a safe and steady job. I was doing the work, but something was missing, and I felt unfulfilled. Looking up Melisa Pearce, my former therapist, I discovered her Equine Gestalt Coaching certification program. The two-year, intensive program incorporated deep process work that helped me get in touch with my many parts of self, healing old wounds to discover a strength and confidence I didn’t know I had in me. I’ve learned my triggers, my avoidance tactics, and how to respond rather than react. Most importantly, I’ve learned to love myself, flaws and all – and I want to help others find this same peace and confidence.
Imagine a coach who will always see your truth through all the stories you’ve told yourself and the world. Someone who will never judge you and who always has your back. In this work our Equine partners bring their own special and unique gifts to deepen our awareness and healing. Simply being in Handsome’s gentle presence will allow your body to relax, and will help move you into a state that is more open to creative play and problem solving. In the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method, the horses are equal and autonomous partners in the process, and each session is unique to what the horse sees in you in that moment. Allowing Handsome to help bring your unfinished business into your awareness, to hold nonjudgmental space for your process, and to be a steady presence alongside you as you learn to find your ground might just be the best gift you’ve ever given yourself.
Sit down with me for a 90 minute personal session to explore blocks, barriers and heal your traumas. Lets finish that unfinished business to find a more joyful serene you.
Join me in a confidential supportive group of people seeking connection, awareness, and healing to live a more fulfilling and peaceful life.
Let's talk. We can meet virtually or by phone. Phone coaching can be combined with in-person sessions or groups as a nice way to get acquainted, check-in, or follow up.
Groups are a place where true, deep connection and authenticity are found. Feel fully heard and supported without judgment. Explore blocks that hold you back from peace, success, or living your dream. Release grief and trauma. Learn to respond not react. Leave it all in a sacred space so it no longer weighs you down.
Group are held Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 pm in Torrance. A maximum of 8 group members allowed. For more information or to reserve your spot click the button below.
Join me for a 3 day workshop where we take a dive into your personality parts, your temperament, qualities of yourself where you may have conflict, limiting beliefs that keep you from fully connecting with others or that hold you back from going after your dreams, and much more.
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Carolyn is truly gifted at being present. As a client I felt heard, safe, and supported. Highly recommend her as a healer.
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Carolyn, with clarity and gentleness guided me through two parts of myself. She is a wonderful listener and patiently lets the process unfold.
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Carolyn was a lovely coach. She helped me access parts of myself that I was unclear on. I gained so much clarity in her caring, capable hands.
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I attended a beautiful group run by Carolyn and had a delightful time. She created a beautifully safe and sacred space for internal reflection and I gained a great amount of peace. Carolyn’s calm and gentle manner helped me feel safe to share my experience with others.
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