The fourth edition of the program: Gestalt Therapy Approach to Psychopathology and Contemporary Disturbances – Two Year International Training Program

took place in Siracuse on March 14-18, 2018

Here are a few pics of the group event!


Chiesa-a-Siracusa-Duomo numeri_utili_di_siracusa

The experience of this training program has been extremely rich both in theoretical and human dialogues. The effects are many: a different way to look at clients’s suffering and most of all a supporting net of colleagues all over the world.

The next edition will start in November 2018, in Rome.
In 2019 a new more expanded edition will start (click here for more information) with excellent international trainers and more specific topics related to clinical practice.
From reports of participants, these programs make them discover the deep efficacy of GT, and the beauty of practicing it in a group setting.
GT can say something new and deeply useful to contemporary clinical sufferings!

Ukraine is a very alive place for Gestalt therapists!

On March 2 and 3, 2018, Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb has led a seminar on borderline experiences for Gestalt psychotherapists belonging to various Institutes from all the country (about 80 participants), and organized by Anna Bichkova, director of the Gestalt Institute of Kiev. The warmth of Ukraines’ and their openness to new ways of understanding and treating this clinical suffering has been a very good ground for this seminar.
On March 4 and 5 Margherita has led  a seminar on working with couples in Gestalt psychotherapy for the Kyiv Gestalt University, directed by Inna Didkovska. This seminar was for a smaller group of expert psychotherapists and trainers (22 participants). The live session with a real couple and the emotions connected with the theme of intimate relationships gave the seminar a special richness, where not only the Gestalt model to work with couples was taught, but also a deep humanity was touched.
Finally, on March 4, in the evening, at the Department for Second Degrees of Kiev University, Margherita gave a lecture on “The Dance Steps between caregivers and child”. Many participants, psychotherapists, teachers and also parents actively participated experimenting the model of Dance Steps with one of their clients or student or child. An invitation to join the research that Margherita’s Institute is doing was welcomed with enthusiasm by some of the participants.

“Human Being And The Processes Of Change – Implications For Gestalt Therapy And Related Disciplines” – Belgrade (Serbia)

Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb has been key note speaker and has delivered a workshop at the Conference organized by the Serbian Association for Gestalt Therapy, in Belgrade

This is the second conference that the Serbian Association organizes, and it has been from September 16 to 18, 2017. Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb has presented a key note speech at the beginning of the second conference day  (Sunday September 17th) titled: Gestalt Therapy in Postmodern Society: From the Need of Aggression to the Need of Rootedness

The main references for her speech being the articles recently published:
Spagnuolo Lobb M. (2016). Psychotherapy in Post Modern Society. Gestalt Today Malta, Vol. 1. N.1, Nov. 2016, pp. 97-113. ISSN 2519-0547
Spagnuolo Lobb M. (2013). From the need for aggression to the need for rootedness: a Gestalt postmodern clinical and social perspective on conflict. British Gestalt Journal, vol. 22, No. 2, 32-39.

She has outlined the clinical needs of present society and suggested appropriate developments in Gestalt therapy practise.
She has also offered a fully booked workshop titled: From Losses of Ego-functions to the “Dance Steps” Between a Therapist and a Client

Participans have experimented – with interest and fun – the new clinical instrument of the “dance steps”, which is useful both for phenomenological and aesthetic observation of therapist and client interaction, and for supervision.

Belgrado Gestalt conference

Belgrado Gestalt conference

The conference was attended by 550 psychotherapists and students, coming from countries of ex-Juogoslavia e from Malta.

It has been a good occasion for some trainers to meet after many years, like in this picture with Jean Marie Robine, Bertram Mueller, Michael Vincent Miller and Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb

We wish Lidjia Pecotic, tireless and generous soul of this event, to continue to support Gestalt therapy in the Balcans and in Malta.

The first program ​o​n “Clinical ​A​spects of ​G​estalt ​T​herapy”​ taught by a group of trainers of the Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy ​​in San Petersburg was successfully concluded!

The first program on “Clinical Aspects of Gestalt Therapy”, organized by the Integrative Gestalt Therapy Institute of San Petersburg, with trainers and the supervision of Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy, finished on last Sunday, September 3rd, 2017. The training program was about Gestalt therap clinical practice and psychopathology.
For three years the trainers of our institute have taught their specific issue, integrating it in a successful program, supervised by Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, who has conducted the final seminar on “A phenomenological and aesthetic glance to development and psychoapthology”.

 Margherita and the Directors of the Institute in San Petersburg, Lena Petrova e Sergey Kondurov, have worked hard to create a well coordinated program. They have awarded the diploma to those who have passed the final exam. The group of trainers of the Italian Istituto di Gestalt was made of:

Rosanna Biasi, Giuseppe Cannella, Antonio Cascio, Pietro A. Cavaleri, Betti Conte, Barbara Crescimanno, Maria Mione, Giancarlo Pintus, Valeria Rubino, Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb.

A seminar on Psychopathology in couples. Gestalt therapy approach – Moscow

On September 4-6, 2017, Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb has led the first seminar of a post graduate program on “Psychopathology in couples. Gestalt therapy approach”, which will last two years and is addressed to experienced Gestalt therapists. The seminars will be led by trainers of the Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy and by Natasha Kedrova, director of the Moscow Gestalt Institute.

The topics will be: 
– Psychopathology in parent-child relations
– Bodily experience in couples and sexuality
– Gestalt therapy perspective on separation processes, and on abusive relationships in couples
– An aesthetic model for parenthood

Margherita has presented, in this first seminar, the topic “Gestalt Therapy perspective on psychopathology in couples”. The group, made of experienced Gestalt therapists and trainers who work with couples, was very curious and active in taking new tools and skills from her.

In this picture Margherita is in Moscow with the staff of the Moscow Gestalt Institute!

Summer Programme for Gestalt Psychotherapists

The first group of the Summer Programme for Gestalt Psychotherapists, a space and time for yourself and an update on new clinical issues has just finished!

This group experience of Gestalt psychotherapists from many places in the world, in a beautiful location in the ancient city of Siracusa, has been a meaningful, deeply involving experience.
Have a safe trip back, dear Colleagues, with joy and gratitude to the beauty of our sufferings and hopes.

For information and registration to the next Summer Programme for Gestalt Psychotherapists (Siracusa, Italy, July 25-29, 2018) click here

Institute Director to deliver Keynote speech at annual GANZ Conference

Our Institute Director, Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, will deliver a Keynote speech at the 10th International Gestalt Australia and New Zealand (GANZ) Conference, to be held on 7th, 8th and 9th October 2016 at the University House in Canberra, Australia. She will be addressing the theme of Diversity, Difference and Dialogue. Conference participants will discuss the challenge of responding to difference: choosing whether to accept, reject, fight or engage with it to create something new. At the very heart of gestalt methodology is a key to engaging with difference: existential dialogue. Dialogical process supports change, potentially moving from conflict and aggression to a mutual acknowledgement of differing needs to create a new configuration. More information on

Aesthetic Relational Knowledge in Diagnosis and Psychopathology – Workshop in Melbourne, Australia


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

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

Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb will be co-facilitating a two-day workshop on “Aesthetic Relational Knowledge in Diagnosis and Psychopathology” in Melbourne, Australia, on 4th and 5th October 2016. The seminar will focus on the issue of dealing with diagnosis and treatment from a gestalt (phenomenological) point of view. Difference between extrinsic and intrinsic diagnosis will be presented: to refer to a manual (or any other tool), which is external to therapeutic contact, is the most used way of making diagnosis (via DSM 5 for instance). This kind of diagnosis doesn’t take relational aspects into account. Besides, it reflects a categorical perspective on human suffering, whilst gestalt therapy is in line with a dimensional perspective on psychopathology. In order to make a diagnosis the gestalt therapist has to refer to a phenomenological tool, which takes the experience of the other-in-contact into account. A gestalt method of using the experience of contact between client and therapist will be presented and the aesthetic relational knowledge will be considered as the specific diagnostic tool of the gestalt therapist. The concept of field will also be included in the frame of reference of this new way of looking at diagnosis.

The event will be hosted by Gestalt Therapy Australia (

Upcoming workshop in Sydney: A Relational Approach To Working With Personality Disorders

Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb will be presenting at a workshop on “A Relational Approach To Working With Personality Disorders” in Sydney, Australia, on 30th September 2016. The workshop will contextualise the increase of personality disorders in clinical practice with social changes and developments. It will provide relational tools to diagnose and work with these forms of suffering. The Gestalt therapy perspective of personality disorders will be presented, based on phenomenological and aesthetic epistemologies. Borderline and narcissistic personality organisation will be described, with specific consideration to the client’s intentionality for contact in the moment-to-moment flow of the therapeutic session. Relational tools to diagnose the suffering of these clients, and support the “beauty” concealed in their suffering will be provided. Concepts of field, contact boundary, aesthetic relational knowledge and physiological support will be covered. The workshop will be hosted by Gestalt Therapy Sydney (