Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb


Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb

is a psychologist, psychotherapist and has been a Gestalt Therapy trainer since 1979. She is the founder and director of the Istituto di Gestalt HCC.

She has introduced the work of the most relevant international Gestalt therapists to the Italian audience.

She is editor of the Italian Journal Quaderni di Gestalt (since 1985), director of the Italian Gestalt Therapy Book Series (published by FrancoAngeli) and co-director of the English Series (Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy Pub.Co.). She has edited seven books, authored two books and hundreds of papers and chapters on various aspects of Gestalt therapy theory and method. Her most recent book, The Now-for-Next in Psychotherapy. Gestalt Therapy Recounted in Post Modern Society (2013) is available in English, Italian, Russian, French, Spanish, Romanian (link).

In her work, Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb considers the therapeutic glance to be the spotlight that illuminates the “beauty” of the client. This light catches the harmonic vitality that a person brings to the relationship. Through this light, the client awakens to the sense of his or her beauty and the spontaneity of being there. Spagnuolo Lobb’s diagnostic model provides a map that enables to find one’s direction in what happens at the contact boundary, and tools in order to read both the contributions of the past and the “tensions” towards the future, as they present themselves in the here‐and‐now of the therapeutic setting. She thus enriches the concept of here-and-now by redirecting it towards the notion of nowfornext.

Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb has led Gestalt therapy training workshops in many countries; she also cooperates with many research groups on psychotherapy internationally. She is the director of the International Training Programs in Gestalt Psychopathology and Contemporary Disturbances.

She is one of the founders of the European Conferences of Gestalt Therapy Writers. She organized the 6th European Conference of Gestalt Therapy (Palermo, October 1998), the 7th International Conference of Gestalt Therapy (Naples, November 2002), the Second Italian Conference of all methods of Psychotherapy (Siracusa, April 2005) and she is one of the four conveners of the first Conference of joint AAGT and EAGT Conference (Taormina, 2016).

She is a Full Member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy (NYIGT), current President of the Italian Federation of Recognized Gestalt Training Institutes (FISIG), Past-President and first Honorary Member of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT), Founder and Honorary President of the Italian Association for Gestalt Psychotherapy (SIPG), Past President of the Italian Federation of Psychotherapy Methods (FIAP). She has been active in Europe in the recognition of the profession of psychotherapist and of the Gestalt Therapy method.