Gestalt Therapy in Action: Phenomenology and Aesthetics of Clinical Practice – Online Program

with Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, Stefania Benini, Dan Bloom, Billy Desmond, Lynne Jacobs, Scott Churchill

September 13, 2023 – December 13, 2023

For those who cannot attend a seminar online, a video recording will be provided.

These series of seminars will explore clinical examples of how to work with a phenomenological and aesthetic glance, in a field perspective.

Each meeting offers a Gestalt-centered perspective on clinical cases – a situational window, which includes the therapist and avails itself of tools configured to modify the entire experiential field. 

The series is inspired by the recent book “Psychopathology of the Situation in Gestalt Therapy: A Field-oriented Approach” (Routledge) edited by Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb and Pietro A. Cavaleri, and it is addressed to clinicians who are interested in exploring new perspectives on clinical sufferings and having some supervision.

Theoretical presentations, supervision or personal work, and clinical explorations in small groups with participants from all over the world make this experience both professionally highly qualified, exciting and deep from a human point of view.

Each seminar will include a main three hour teaching part, conducted by Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, and a one hour dialogue with guest trainers.

Main trainer

Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb

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 developed the principles of Gestalt therapy with a hermeneutic way into a field-oriented, phenomenological and aesthetic approach. Her book The Now-for-Next in Psychotherapy is available in 8 languages. With Pietro Cavaleri, she has recently edited the book Psychopathology of the situation in Gestalt Therapy: a field oriented approach, upcoming at Routledge in its English edition. She received the Lifelong Achievement Award from the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy – AAGT (Toronto, Canada, August 2018).

Guest trainers

Dan Bloom psychotherapist, supervisor, and clinical trainer in in New York City

Dan Bloom
Psychotherapist, supervisor, clinical trainer and writer in New York City.  He studied with Laura Perls, Isadore From and Richard Kitzler. Dan teaches at the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, is guest and adjunct faculty at gestalt therapy institutes worldwide. He has spoken and given workshops at many international conferences. He leads webinars in gestalt therapy and phenomenology.  He is past president and Fellow of NYIGT and past president of IAAGT. He is a member of EAGT.   He is an associate editor of the Gestalt Review, a book review editor of Quaderni di Gestalt and a member of the Scientific Board of the Gestalt therapy Book Series.  Dan is widely published.

Billy Desmond

Billy Desmond
Billy is a queer, married Irish man, an emigrant, once exiled from his land of birth and now living between London and Ireland. He works as a Gestalt psychotherapist and supervisor working with individuals, couples and groups in Ireland, UK and across Europe. He is a dialogical adult educator at the Gestalt Institute of Ireland and core faculty on the MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy and is also a guest faculty in UK and Europe. He is actively involved in qualitative practitioner-researcher inquiry projects exploring embodied and creative ways of knowing. He is on the editorial board of the Gestalt Therapy Book Series and the Gestalt Review journal. He has presented at many conferences and has written journal papers, articles and book chapters in the terrain of embodied inquiry, groups, sexuality, and sustainability.

Lynne Jacobs

Lynne Jacobs
Ph.D., Both a gestalt therapist and a psychoanalyst, she is a co-founder of PGI. She is also a training and supervising analyst of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) in Los Angeles. Lynne Jacobs teaches at ICP, and teaches gestalt therapists locally, nationally, and internationally. She has published numerous articles in both realms, and her most recent work is Relational Approaches in Gestalt Therapy (co-edited with Rich Hycner). Lynne Jacobs has a private practice in West Los Angeles.

Scott Churchill

Scott D. Churchill
Professor of psychology at the University of Dallas, past president of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32), editor-in-chief of The Humanistic Psychologist(APA). Member of the executive boards for APA’s Division 32 (Humanistic Psychology) and Division 24 (Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology), he also serves on the editorial boards of Human Studies, Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, Qualitative Psychology, Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Qualitative Research in Psychology, Gestalt Therapy Book Series (Routledge), and others. He was trained in clinical psychology at Duquesne University where he was first exposed to Gestalt Therapy as a graduate student, with further application during his internship at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh. After qualifying in 1981 for his license as a psychologist in Pennsylvania, he moved to Texas where he has been teaching phenomenology for the past 40 years.


The program consists of 4 seminars, 4 hours each for a total of 16 hours.

Seminar 1
Working clinically in the situation: examples of phenomenological and aesthetic therapeutic processes
in dialogue with Dan Bloom
September 13, 2023
16.00 – 20.00 (Rome, Berlin, Paris UTC + 2); 10.00 AM – 2.00 PM (New York UTC – 4)

Seminar 2
Clinical issues about human sexuality: beyond labels
in dialogue with Billy Desmond
October 25, 2023
16.00 – 20.00 (Rome, Berlin, Paris UTC + 2); 10.00 AM – 2.00 PM (New York UTC – 4)

Seminar 3
Clinical issues related to clients with personality disturbances and their therapists
in dialogue with Lynne Jacobs
November 15, 2023
16.00 – 20.00 (Rome, Berlin, Paris UTC + 1); 10.00 AM – 2.00 PM (New York UTC – 5)

Seminar 4
The situated therapist: aesthetic relational knowing and the “dance” of reciprocity between therapist and client
in dialogue with Scott Churchill
December 13, 2023
16.00 – 20.00 (Rome, Berlin, Paris UTC + 1); 10.00 AM – 2.00 PM (New York UTC – 5)




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


A certificate of attendance will be provided to psychotherapists who will attend the full program live or recorded.

Video recording

To those who will not attend a seminar, a video recording will be provided.


Please contact us at [email protected]


Support for Ukrainian colleagues
In order to support colleagues from Ukraine, we have set up a special fund that will allow a minimum of 5 discounted seats (200 Euro). The number of discounted seats might be increased, depending on the number of regular subscriptions.

Before April 15, 2023
The total cost for the whole course is 320 Euro

Before July 15, 2023
The total cost for the whole course is 340 Euro

After July 15, 2023
The total cost for the whole course is 360 Euro

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You will receive a link 4 hours before each seminar. Participants will be able to see the speaker and the slides via pc/tablet/smartphone. You can activate your webcam or microphone using the Zoom platform.
It is possible to interact to ask questions using chat or microphone.