Gestalt therapy is an existential/experiential form of therapy focusing on the present moment as opposed to the past or future. When used effectively, it provides an emotional release which in turn allows the client to move on in life without carrying the burden of any traumas they experienced in the past or by burdening oneself by expecting a particular outcome for the future. When gestalt therapy is joined with horses, thus Equine Gestalt therapy, the experience is over and above what standard therapy would be. If you have ever attended a equine meditation circle, you know how powerful a horse’s energy can be.
The Equine Gestalt Coaching Method® was developed by Melisa Pearce, a core founder since 1989, of the horse-human healing movement. The experiential nature of the method involves the horse as an active partner with the coach in the client’s exploratory process. The integrative 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.
It is common for us to hold on to traumas from the past and allow them to be used as a wall preventing a happy sense of emotion to come through. Because of this we tend to go through our daily life feeling sad and sometimes depressed. It can also prevent us from loving in a healthy manner even to ourselves. Further, if we focus too much on the future, the present gets fuzzy and we don’t allow ourselves the opportunity to be cheerful and accepting of our daily lives.
The gestalt therapy is a series of one-on-one sessions in the pasture with the herd and are done over a period of weeks or months. Each session differs from the last as the client moves forward in the intentions of the therapy. The herd does not need to be invited to the sessions as they are so intuitive and able to read the client that they act accordingly.
What a client has at the end of the sessions is the ability to grasp the present moment instead and not on what was or should have been (the past) or what might be or could be (the future).