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Equine Gestalt: Horses Can Help You Discover Wholeness

May 01, 2014 11:18PM

Liz Liverman

You’ve heard about how animals can be used to heal. Have you ever experienced the healing power of horses?

As an Equine Gestalt Coach, Liz Liverman at EquiSyn, LLC, uses horses as her partners to help clients explore untapped potential, learn to discover their strengths and identify behaviors that are draining their energy and holding them back.

Gestalt means “the whole” and refers to a type of coaching that deepens the awareness of one’s feelings and overall wellbeing, leading to wholeness. The Equine Gestalt Coaching Method (EGCM) was developed by Melisa Pearce, a core founder of the horse-human healing movement. The experiential nature of the EGCM 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 and Gestalt methodology, assists clients in examining their lives and the choices they are making in order to design a more positive future.

For some, just learning to relax, finding their own voices and connecting with their inner guidance systems is a difficult task. Horses are teachers of self-awareness; they are keenly alert, intuitive, emotional and authentic animals. Like humans, horses are social beings that live together in herds with defined hierarchies, roles, responsibilities and relationships very similar to our family systems. It has been clinically documented that just being around horses can change human brainwave patterns. Naturally empathic, horses help us to calm down and become more centered and focused.

Equisyn, LLC, offers private coaching sessions along with interactive workshops, including Women’s Empowerment and Awakening Your Intuition and Using It In Everyday Life. No experience with horses is necessary to participate in an EGCM session; clients do not ride horses during the session.

For additional information, call 804-380-9147 or visit