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.

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
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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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“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.