IV International Conference On Research Of Psychotherapy Gestalt

The conference will be held in Santiago de Chile, from May 29 to June 1, 2019 and the venue will be at the ICON Hotel and Convention Center. This IV International Conference is designed to present and promote Gestalt Psychotherapy Research throughout the world. Will be a beautiful meeting place with outstanding Gestalt Therapists who will visit us from different countries of the world. This IV Conference is in line with the three previous ones held in Cape Cod (USA) and Paris (2013, 2015 and 2017) sponsored by AAGT, GISC. And it is a continuation of the Rome seminar (2014) organized by EAGT.

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 Steering Committee
  • Philip Brownell (EEUU)
  • Marina Varas (Chile)
  • Antonio Martínez (Chile-Esp)
  • Pablo Herrera (Chile)
  • Centro de Psicoterapia Gestalt de Santiago

Scientific Committee

  • Philip Brownell (USA)
  • Alessandra Merizzi (United Kingdom)
  • Antonio Martínez Ribes (Chile-Spain)
  • Claudia Fernández (Mexico)
  • Dr. Otto Glanzer (Germany)
  • Ecea Alexandru (Romania)
  • Francisco Huneeus (Chile)
  • Gianni Francesetti (Italy)
  • Jan Roubal (Czech Republic)
  • Madeleine Fogarty (Australia)
  • Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb (Italy)
  • Marina Varas Schnake (Chile)
  • Mark Reck (USA)
  • Pablo Herrera Salinas (Chile)
  • Vincent Beja (France)


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Gestalt therapy research has be en present in Amsterdam , at the Annual International Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR)!

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The main panel about Gestalt therapy researches was titled Research challenges in the existential-experiential approach of Gestalt therapy.
It was coordinated by Jan Roubal, with interventions of Madeleine Fogarty (The Gestalt Therapy Fidelity Scale), Pablo Herrera Salinas (Single Case Time Series, a methodology for exploring efficacy and change process in practice-based settings) and Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb (A tool to observe the phenomenology and aesthetics of primary relationships: the dance steps between caregivers and child). They have all presented different  research applications of Gestalt therapy epistemology, which were then discussed by Tomas Rihacek, from the University of Brno.

Silvia Alaimo has presented a Structured Discussion on Dream-working: images, embodied aesthetics and neuroscience

Roberta La Rosa and Silvia Tosi have presented a brief paper An outcome’s research in Gestalt therapyconducted with CORE-OMJelena Zeleskov Doric and Michele Cannavò have also presented a brief paper Gestalt psychotherapy with offenders: quantitative and qualitative exploration.

Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb has coordinated  a structured discussion on her study  The  ‘ dance steps ‘  between psychotherapist and client: an aesthetic, phenomenological and field oriented observational tool for psychotherapists, discussants  were Jan Roubal, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic; Wolfgang Tschacher, University of Bern, Switzerland; Silvia Tosi, Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy. Many participants, especially Pablo, Madeleine, Peter Schulthess, Tine van Wijk and others  have also participated in the discussion, giving precious  suggestions to continue  the research.

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In general, an exciting presence of Gestalt therapists  has been found at the  2018 SPR conference in Amsterdam. About 20 colleagues from all over the world  (including Lituania, Georgia and Poland) have presented their researches or have just participated.

Gestalt Supervisors in Siracuse!

The first seminar of the second edition of the Gestalt Supervisors Program took place in Siracuse, in a beautiful environment, full of ancient historical sites and clean waters where to swim!

The seminar, led by Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, has been focused on aesthetic and field perspective in Gestalt therapy supervision and intervision.
Twenty Gestalt psychotherapists from sixteen countries have experimented being supervisors with two main supports: a clear and well structured theory to look at supervision from a Gestalt therapy perspective, and a deep emotional participation in the situation of supervision.
The group has in this way experienced first of all their mutual support and the possibility to come out with a special strength that doesn’t deny weakness, and second the richness of their differences and creativity, which can allow them to be an energetic and productive team.
With a lot of respect and esteem for this courageous and professional group, I wish them a safe trip back home (some of them come from the other side of the globe) and a joyful arrivederci to our next meeting in November.
Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb

An interesting conference on Embodiment and Psychopathology is going to take place in Siracuse (Italy) on June 8 and 9, 2018.

Read the program here! It’s going to be a fruitful exchange concerning the new theories and methods for psychotherapy research.
the Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy (Siracuse, Palermo, Milan)
presentsEmbodiment and Psychopathology Gestalt Therapy and New Developments on the Therapeutic Alliance
International seminar with
JUNE 8-9, 2018Archeological Museum – Conference Hall

Siracuse – Italy


Recent international researches have studied non verbal processes which characterize the good therapeutic alliance. They have found that psychotherapy works well when it supports tendency of the partners to synchronize their languages (words, gestures, bodily movements, voice tone, etc.). Attention to synchronization becomes even more important in treatment of seriously disturbed patients (personality disorders, psychosis, etc.), when verbal language is not sufficient to mediate the therapeutic relationship. The seminar will deal with synchronization in primary relationships,healthy and suffering development, and therapeutic relationship.

The seminar will include clinical dialogues in the mornings and experiential moments in the afternoons.
Wolfgang Tschacher (University Hospital of Psychiatry, Bern University, Switzerland)
Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, Pietro A. Cavaleri, Michele Cannavò, Valeria Rubino and Giuseppe
Sampognaro (Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy)
Antonio Narzisi (Gestalt therapist, Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy , IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris)
Santo Di Nuovo (Catania University, Italy)


Friday, June 8th, hrs 9.00-17.30  – Embodiment and Psychopathology

Wolfgang Tschacher: “Embodiment and psychotherapy: the therapeutic presence seen from a new perspective”
Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb: “Embodiment and psychopathology: the Gestalt of the experience of the world”
Pietro Cavaleri: “Synchrony in human relationships: the phenomenology of perception, neuroscience and Gestalt therapy”
Michele Cannavò: “Clinical experiences of bodily synchronization through the use of images”
Valeria Rubino: “Body and psychosis: extra-verbal languages between therapist and severe patients”

In the afternoon, experiential and clinical moments based on therapeutic synchrony
Saturday, June 9th, hrs 9.00-17.30  – New Scientific Developments on the Therapeutic SynchronyWolfgang Tschacher: “Therapeutic presence as improvised co-creation: synchronization in clinical practice”
Santo Di Nuovo:“The time of therapy, and in therapy”
Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb: “Caregivers/child synchrony: Research Results”
Antonio Narzisi: “Parents’ synchrony and development of social initiative in pre-school children affetcted by an autistic spectrum disturbance”
Giuseppe Sampognaro: “To meet at the contact boundary: therapeutic experience as a lived synchrony”
In the afternoon, experiential and clinical moments based on therapeutic synchrony
Classical performances at the Greek Theater
The universal themes proposed by the 54th Year of Classical Plays at the Greek Theater in Syracuse will serve as a background for this Conference.
At the end of each day, it will be possible to go to the Greek Theater with a discount on the ticket (www.indafondazione.it)

to know more, write to info@gestalt.it
or go to https://www.gestalt.it/events/convegno-psicopatologia-psicoterapia-rappresentazioni-classsiche-teatro-greco-siracusa-wolfgang-tschacher/

Teaching in Amsterdam

On April 13 th  to 15 th, 2018 Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb met the founder of the Gestalt Institute of Amsterdam, Dick Lompa, as well as Eva Fisher, a significant representative of the Dutch Gestalt therapy  community, who has always fought for human rights and social justice.

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Dr. Spagnuolo Lobb was invited to give a first workshop to experienced Gestalt therapists. It was held on April 13 th at the cultural center De Roos,  in Volden Park, on  the issue of ” Love and sexuality in psychotherapyThe second workshop was articulated in a two-days, April 14-15,  and was focused on the Feeling of belonging in a liquid society.

These are the words of Dr. Spagnuolo Lobb at the end of this international experience: “Three days full of humanity and risk to live. Two wonderful groups, committed and able to work on themselves. And Amsterdam is a special place where you can feel accepted however you are.  A perfect recognition of the wish to expand oneself towards new boundaries with in the social community.”  Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb 

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!


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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.

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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!