Psychopathology in Helsinki


To conclude the course of Psychopathology organized by Finnish Gestalt Therapy Association, was the director of the Institute of Gestalt HCC Italy Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb on dates 6-7-8 December 2018. We report the impressions by Mrgherita Spagnuolo Lobb about the experience conducted: “The last seminar of the program on psychopathology in Helsinki. An experience of meeting each other with our deep humanity, sharing painful experiences, professional challenges and the joy of being together. Have a good life all!” – Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb 

We also report the impressions by a psychotherapist who attended the event: “Last three days I have been surrounded by the sea of caring, embracing otherness, witnessing transformation under my eyes, being completely thankful to be part of Gestalt family. Huge thanks to The Finnish Gestalt Therapy Association for arranging an amazing studies ”The Basics of Psychopathology – A Gestalt Therapy Approach”! This last seminar, three intensive & eyes opening days we spent with great author, psychologist, psychotherapist, Gestalt Therapy trainer, the founder and director of the Istituto di Gestalt HCC, PhD Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb who has created a lot of new understanding, for example ’aesthetic relational knowledge’. In this seminar we focused on theme ”Narcissistic and borderline experiences: advancements in Gestalt therapy”. Personally I’m so happy about this strong connection my long-term journey with dance: ”Dance is for Margherita the most appropriate concept for a phenomenological, aesthetic and field oriented psychotherapeutic approach, which she describes in procedural dance steps between psychotherapist and client.” – Kirsi Tormi

The Instituto Humanista de Psicoterapia Gestalt of Mexico City welcomes Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb with enthusiasm

The Gestalt Institute of Mexico City, directed Myriam Mugnoz Polit, the first and the most meaningful in Mexico, has welcomed with great enthusiasm the work conducted by Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb: an open conference and a workshop.
The conference, titled “The dance steps between caregivers and child: a phenomenological, aesthetic and field perspective on child development”, was held on September 19, 2018, in a conference hall in the center of the city.  Members of the staff of Directors, Jorge Merino and Fernanda Mugnoz, have introduced the Italian guest. Participants were many psychotherapists from the area. They have listened with great interest the new perspective on child/caregivers interactions which looks at reciprocity and at aesthetic resonance in the field. They have gladly committed to the experience of the ‘steps’ that Margherita has proposed, and have finally appreciated the clinical use of the conference.
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The workshop took place in the beautiful main office of the Institute directed by Myriam Mugnoz, in Coyoacan. It addressed the Gestalt perspective and clinical model on borderline experience and personality disturbances. Margherita has presented her model, in the context of most recent studies of psychoanalytical and behavior modification models. She has used many clinical examples, giving a practical experience of this kind of work and also a theoretical frame.
Participants and the Staff of the Istituto Humanista have welcomed Margherita with much warmth and respect. remembering that she didn’t visit the Institute since 2005, they have hoped to see her soon!
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Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb at the Minsk Gestalt Institute

In September 7 to 9, 2018, Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb has led the last seminar of the training on family gestalt therapy at the Minsk Gestalt Institute, chaired by Elena Lasaja.
The program has lasted 3 years and has included topics about family Gestalt therapy, gestalt therapy with children, Couple gestalt therapy and an aesthetic model to work with parents. Other trainers are Silvia Tosi and Piero Cavaleri, from Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy.
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Participants were all psychologists, psychiatrists and medical doctors who were already trained in gestalt therapy.
Three years full of deeply human meetings – and clinical instruments to work with families, children, parents and couples.

Santiago IV° International Conference on Research in Gestalt Psychoterapy – August Newsletter

Early Bird registration deadline has been extended

Considering the number of request we have received from our colleagues around the world, we decided to extend the deadline of our early registration fees, which offers a much lower rate for those who want to join us in our Conference. We invite you to register from August with this special cost. We remind you that the early bird prices are: Participants CLP $185.000/USD $ 300 y Undergraduate Students CLP $185.000/USD $300, early bird registration fee will end onSeptember 28, 2018.


New dates for Jobs’ Submission

If you want your work to be part of the IV International Conference On Research Of Psychotherapy Gestalt remember that each author must create their own account in the e-Abstract platform, in order to manage and modify their abstracts until the final term set for submission, to create your account PLEASE CLICK HERE. Once the account has been created and activated (through the activation email validation), you can enter your summaries in the following LINK.
After you create your account, you will have until September 15th, 2018 to submit your research work and participate in the various presentations modalities such as ; lectures, e-Posters or participating in Symposiums. Rememeber that the reception of Works is available from the first of June and it will be open until October 30th, so you still have time to send us your important contribution.
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Santiago IV° International Conference on Research in Gestalt Psychoterapy

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Mariane Krause: “Investigation of the psychotherapy process: From psychotherapeutic interaction to the evolution of change”

It is a privilege to have the presence of Mariane Krause in our congress. Mariane is one of the pioneers of psychotherapy research in Chile and is the current president-elect of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR). Kindly note that in her Lecture, she will address the topic of research on the therapeutic process.

We know the importance of the relationship and the therapeutic process in psychotherapy. In the case of Gestalt therapy, the relationship and the process are a very sensitive matter and an important aspects of our professional work, to which we usually devote a lot of attention and attach a great clinical relevance.

To receive the contributions and the researches carried out on the subject, by Mariane Krause herself, will undoubtedly be of great value for the development of Gestalt research, as well as the relevant clinical practice itself in our professional work.

Mariane Krause is Professor at the School of Psychology of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, obtaining her PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). She is currently the world president of the Society for Research in Psychotherapy (SPR) and in 2016 she received the National Award of the Chilean Society of Clinical Psychology.


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Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb receives the Lifelong Achievement Award from the AAGT

Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, Director of the Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy (Milan, Siracusa, Palermo), is the first woman and the first European to receive the Lifelong Achievement Award from the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, and International Community (AAGT). It has been a tradition at AAGT conferences to single out one person to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his or her contributions over many years to the Gestalt therapy community. Ed Nevis, Ansel Woldt, Erving Polster and Bud Feder have been previous recipient of this prestigious award.

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The award ceremony took place during the Biennial AAGT Conference. This year’s theme  was: “Radical Respect. Contemporary Gestalt Therapy in Troubled Times”. The conference was organized in Toronto, by the AAGT, with the support of the local Institute directed by Jay Tropianskaia, from 14 to 19 of August, 2018. Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb had been invited to deliver an opening key note speech at the Conference.

Her speech, “Social Evolution and Gestalt Therapy: What and How to Respect Today?”, was highly appreciated by participants – 330 Gestalt psychotherapists from all over the world – for its intention to connect development of society with emergent clinical needs in the last 60 years. In her speech she also presented an integration of neurosciences, epigenetics, studies on the relational mind and psychoanalysis with Gestalt therapy.

At the end of her presentation the Lifelong Achievement Award ceremony took place. The AAGT  current president, Toni Gilligan, from UK, gave the award, after an introduction by Dan Bloom, a Fellow of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, past-president of AAGT,  and longtime friend, who has enumerated some of Margherita’s many contributions.

Margherita has then welcomed the award, and thanked Toni, Dan, Bud Feder and Lee Zevy and the Board of the AAGT. She has then expressed a special thanks to all Colleagues who belong to the staff of her Institute – the trainers and  administrative people who work with her everyday and have greatly contributed to her work. She has finally dedicated this award to two women of her life: her mother, who has always supported her wish to study, and her daughter, a young woman who has grown beautifully, thanks also to the lovely care of her father, who has accepted Margherita’s challenging commitment to her work. Margherita has therefore wished that all women Gestalt therapists can be supported in their intimate bonds to fully develop their minds and hearts, and highly contribute to the international debate and development of Gestalt therapy.

Participants at the conference have taken part at this event with great interest. The ceremony has ended in a long, warm applause. Colleagues have then congratulated Margherita for the award and the stimulating lecture.

Margherita has then received many messages of congratulations of colleagues from all over the world.


See the video of the award ceremony

Have a safe trip back, dear Colleagues, participants in the 2018 Summer Programme for Gestalt Psychotherapists!

The possibility of giving ourselves time and space to breathe, concentrate, accept the support of someone else, has resulted in the miracle of being fully present as Gestalt psychotherapists in our world, which is changing fast. Globalization, dislocation, the threat of terrorism and economic challenges are having significant effects on clients and their communities.
We have explored the impact of these challenges for us, our clients , and for the development of gestalt psychotherapy.
We feel now more rooted, and ready to be present in our community.
Thank you All!

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 (

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