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 (