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