With Melisa Pearce





Melisa Pearce

Melisa Pearce is the founder of Touched by a Horse® and the creator of the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method®. Her passion and life’s work as a healer, mentor and teacher have encompassed Gestalt from the beginning. Melisa Pearce is lifelong horsewoman, therapist, coach, and entrepreneur. Much of her professional success has come through her understanding and dedication to Gestalt practices and methodologies. Melisa has been a psychotherapist, master coach, Gestaltist, and author for more than thirty years. Over the last three decades, she has coached and helped others through her private psychotherapy practice and partnership with horses. She developed her unique method of combining Gestalt with her horses in Gestalt sessions beginning in the 1980s. This partnership with horses led her to create the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method®, a therapeutic approach to deep-process emotional healing through the exploration of self, based in Gestalt. Many times this methodology incorporates an equine partner as a co-equal coach. As of early 2019, there are close to two hundred certified EGCM practitioners worldwide from countries as far away as South Africa and Singapore. These graduates, along with their equine partners, help their clients find positive futures through the EGCM methodology. Melisa Pearce is the author of the inspirational card deck, Whispers from a Horse’s Heart and the novel Eponalisa. She has coauthored several books including Games People Play with Horses and Equusology. In the award-winning book Equusology, she explores human and horse typology and the art of human-equine relationship. As editor, Melisa Pearce recently released the third book in the anthology series entitled Touched by a Horse, Equine Coaching Stories. These consecutive volumes feature stores of hope and healing by the certified graduates and students of the Touched by a Horse Equine Gestalt Coaching Method®. Melisa lives on her ranch near Elizabeth, Colorado, with her husband Dane Cheek, her herd of equine partners, and a veritable menagerie of animals.