Stories from the Gestalt Way of Life

Melisa's Writings

What Does it Mean to be a Gestalt Coach?

As the field of coaching quickly grew in the 1990s, many therapists became coaches. At that time, I could see that the basic tenants of Gestalt were a perfect fit for me as a coach because they offered a unique and highly effective form of coaching. I started my work...

read more

Understanding Temperament

Learning the principles of typology and understanding temperament is fundamental to becoming an effective coach. Although not yet demonstrated by the scientists who study DNA, it is commonly thought in the typology community that we bring our preferences (temperament)...

read more

Self Compassion

Not long ago, an interviewer asked me if there was a common denominator in all of my work, since it all looked so creative and different to her. Assuredly, I responded, it is always to assist the person in finding self-compassion and peace. We grow up having unique...

read more

Unfinished Business

Many things in life can lead to unfinished business, which involves life experiences that have not been adequately processed, integrated, or resolved and are therefore incomplete. Often, these experiences have been suppressed and are outside the person’s awareness....

read more

Gestalt: Beyond the Conscious Mind

Thousands of scholars over the centuries have attempted to quantify and define what consciousness is. There is no agreement on definition or explanation of why or how it occurs. Although there is a strong debate between science and philosophy about it, many of us in...

read more

The Healing Power of Horses

When I was a child I loved to ride bareback with my jeans sticking to the sweat of my horse’s back. I didn’t know that the healing power of horses was at that moment infusing my very spirit. As I rode for hours upon hours, my connection to the horse supported my inner...

read more

Fundamentals and Historical Roots of Gestalt

To gain an understanding of Gestalt as either a coaching or a therapeutic methodology, it’s useful to understand some of its fundamental concepts and the context from which Gestalt developed as a technique and a form of psychotherapy. It's useful to not only review...

read more

Books by Melisa Pearce