Gestalt Therapy and Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Dialogical Bridges

An international seminar with Donna Orange and Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb

Milan (Italy), November 15-16, 2024

The seminar will explore ethical and epistemological issues in psychotherapy and develop them in theory and clinical practice. Participants will experience similarities and differences between contemporary psychoanalysis and contemporary Gestalt psychotherapy.

Donna Orange, a philosopher, psychologist, psychoanalyst, and  professor at Rutgers University, has pioneered the ethical turn in psychoanalysis. Based on the thinking of philosophers such as Levinas, she has radically changed the narcissistic attitude about care, which is centered on the responsibility of the healer. She has brought to the foreground the capacity of the other to unsettle us, and the ethical importance of caregivers to put this focus first. The radical ethics proposed by Donna do not provide rules but confront us with our responsibility as human beings. The many profoundly revolutionary themes she develops, such as the fallibilism  of the therapist, being the other’s keeper, the suffering stranger, and the principle of hospitality, challenge all psychotherapists and open paths toward an ecological responsibility that includes the I/world relationship.

Gestalt psychotherapy, with its perspective of the ecopsychological ethics of the relationship between organism and environment, the aesthetic concept of allowing oneself to be transformed by the other, and with the field perspective, which considers every therapeutic experience as emerging at the contact boundary between therapist and patient, will offer a stimulating countermelody that includes bodily feeling, concentration, and awareness as physiological conditions to for being curious about the other and being eager to reach out to him or her.


Donna Orange – New York University (USA)

Donna Orange
Educated in philosophy, clinical psychology and psychoanalysis, Donna Orange, Ph.D., Psy.D., Supervising Analyst at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS – NYC, USA) and Professor at the Postdoctoral Program at NYU. She also offers clinical consultation/supervision in these institutes and beyond. Recent books are Thinking for Clinicians: Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Psychotherapies (2010), and The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday Clinical Practice (2011), Nourishing the Inner Life of Clinicians and Humanitarians: The Ethical Turn in Psychoanalysis, and Climate Crisis, Psychoanalysis, and Radical Ethics (2016), and most recently, Psychoanalysis, History, and Radical Ethics: Learning to Hear (2020).  2021 Visiting Professor of Phenomenology, Duquesne University (Pittsburgh).

Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb is a psychologist, psychotherapist and has been a Gestalt Therapy trainer since 1979

Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb
Psychotherapist and researcher, international trainer, Director of the Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy (Syracuse, Palermo and Milan). In her clinical work, she has hermeneutically developed the principles of Gestalt therapy into a field-oriented, phenomenological and aesthetic approach. Her book The Now-for-Next in Psychotherapy is available in 11 languages. With Pietro Cavaleri, she has recently edited the book Psychopathology of the Situation in Gestalt Therapy: A Field Oriented Approach, published by Routledge in the Gestalt Therapy Book Series. She received the Lifelong Achievement Award from the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy – AAGT (Toronto, Canada, August 2018).


Friday, November 15, 2024

The organism/environment field

10.00 am
Greeting messages

10.30 am
Introduction of the seminar, Elisabetta Conte

10.45 am
Donna Orange
Radical hospitality in relational psychoanalysis and in contemporary Gestalt therapy  

11.30 am

12.00 pm
Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb
The organism/environment field in contemporary society: between depression and violence

12.30 pm
Experience in small groups

1.00 pm
Dialogue between participants and speakers on theory and experiences in small groups

1.30 pm
Lunch break

3.00 pm
Personal work or supervision
with Donna Orange

3.45 pm
Comments, feedback and questions

4.00 pm
Personal work or supervision
with Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb

4.45 pm
Comments, feedback and questions

5.30 pm
Experience in small groups

6.15 pm
Closure of the day

Saturday, November 16, 2024

Embodied psychotherapy in contemporary society: psychoanalysis and Gestalt therapy

9.00 am
Donna Orange
Embodiment in psychoanalysis and in contemporary Gestalt therapy, with special attention to Zoom.

9.45 pm

10.15 pm
Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb
The therapist’s bodily experience: how to let confidence and courage emerge in traumatic situations

10.45 pm
Questions and answers

11.00 pm

11.20 pm
Experience in small groups

12.15 pm
Dialogue between participants and speakers on theory and experiences in small groups

1.00 pm
Lunch break

2.30 pm
Personal works or supervisions
led by Donna Orange and Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb

5.00 pm
Final debate and closing of the seminar


English and Italian (with translation)


Previous training in Gestalt therapy and a minimum of clinical experience is required


An attendance certificate will be provided to participants


Camplus Turro, Via Stamira d’Ancona, 25, Milan (Italy). Metro station Turro (Google maps)


Information on different categories of accommodation in the area where the seminar will take place will be provided


Before July 15, 2024
The total cost for the course is 250 Euro

Before September 15, 2024
The total cost for the course is 280 Euro

After September 15, 2024
The total cost for the course is 310 Euro

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