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Welcome to 'Leave it in the Sand'


Gestalt means the whole is more than the sum of its parts.  You are whole. Although you might not feel it, you are not broken.  You already possess what you need to help you feel whole. As I Gestaltist, that’s what I believe and want others to as well. 

I didn’t always feel whole; surviving a kidnap and rape by a stranger many years ago, I knew I was physically whole but I considered myself damaged and felt like I would always be broken. Guilt, shame, fear…..all wrapped up like a perfect present that sat in my body, in my gut, on my shoulders and in my head.  Through the Gestalt work I did, I was able to shed the feelings surrounding that trauma, leaving those feelings and false beliefs, in the arena sand.  I invite you to join me and my horse to see how we can help you leave your trauma in the sand.

Equine Gestalt Coaching Method

“The Equine Gestalt Coaching Method® (EGCMethod) 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, assist the client in examining their life and choices made with a focus on designing a positive future.”

Horse Connection

You can’t lie to a 1200 pound animal who sees you in your entirety.  They are a prey animal so they are highly intuitive.  They have to live in the present to survive.  They don’t worry about tomorrow or think about yesterday. They want you to be your true authentic self and they can help you get there.  They will let you when you're not being honest with yourself.  They will help restore balance in your body, mind and spirit; and they can do all of this without even touching you!!

Want to feel whole again? Want to leave guilt, shame, anger, frustration and fear in the sand?  I invite you to come experience the healing powers of the horse.

A Bit About Myself

I was blessed with a family where giving back is a strong value.  My mom had my sister and I volunteering at the soup kitchens (Free Meal Programs) in the inner-city Milwaukee and babysitting at a shelter for abused women and their children when I was in grade school. Experiencing these populations and helping them was eye opening, helped strengthen my compassion, helped me grow up to accept people for exactly where they are and have compassion for those less fortunate.

I have a Bachelor's in Social Work from UW Eau Claire and am a certified Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin. I have worked with adolescents at risk and their families for the majority of my adult career and currently work with differently abled and frail elderly. 

I graduated from Touched By a Hose EGC certification program in 2020.  It's a 2 year program that was founded and is taught by Melisa Pearce. She is the founder of Touched by a Horse and created the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method.


I invite you to come meet my equine partners and experience the powerful healing of Equine Gestalt Coaching. Come find your authentic self and leave what no longer serves you, in the arena sand. Click on

my Testimonials to hear what others have to say.

Join me and my horse to find the parts of you that you may never know you had.  Join me and my horse so that you can leave the parts of you that don’t serve you, in the arena sand.

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