Horses have been walking next to us throughout the history of humanity. They are highly sensitive and intuitive creatures and in recent decades, mental health practitioners have begun to recognize the benefits of partnering with horses to help people heal from emotional distress.
The Equine Gestalt Coaching Method (EGCM®) is a unique and highly effective experiential process combining holistic Gestalt psychotherapy with the healing powers of horses.
Here at Fire & Reins, we work in partnership with horses to help you explore and connect with different parts of yourself and reflect on your family of origin and previous experiences to help you gain awareness around why you are the way you are and release any strategies or blocks that may be holding you back from being your happiest, most authentic self.
The horses are not trained to do the work and are not used as ‘tools’, as they are in other “equine-assisted” methods. In the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method®, the horses are invited to be an active participant in the session and each horse shows up with their own unique gifts.
Come out to see how horses will show up for you!
EGCMethod® is Scientifically Proven
Report feeling better about themselves after their EGCM session
Feel more hopeful of their future at the conclusion of their EGCM session
Of clients would participate in Equine Gestalt Coaching again
The above study was conducted by Jaclyn S. Manzione, M.S., EGCM Certified Practitioner and Lead Analyst G. Thomas Manzione, Ph.D., LPC, Analyst in 2017 and 2018 to determine the effectiveness of the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method.
Read more about the study here.
If you’re interested in learning more about the efficacy of working with horses as healers:
Articles by Melisa Pearce, found of Touched by a Horse and developer of the EGCMethod®.
2018 Horse and Ride Magazine discussing efficacy of the EGCMethod®.
2021 U.S. News article about horses helping veterans with PTSD
2015 CNN article on equines helping with mental health issues
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