Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb


Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, Ph. D., an internationally recognized Gestalt psychotherapy trainer, director of the Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy (Siracusa, Palermo, Milan).

Following an hermeneutic line from Perls, Hefferline, Goodman (1951) and Isadore From’s teaching, to Erving and Miriam Polster’s approach, she integrates recent studies on neurosciences and infant research in a relational method. Her most recent interest is on aesthetic and phenomenology of contact in psychotherapy and primary relationships. The Aesthetic Relational Knowledge, the Polyphonic Development of Domains are the main concepts she is working on and researching.

Margherita leads Gestalt psychotherapy workshops and training programs in more than 20 countries. She also cooperates worldwide with various research groups on psychotherapy. She is the director of the Advanced International Training Programs in Gestalt Therapy Field Approach to Development and Psychopathology, of training Programs for Gestalt Supervisors.

She has received (first woman and the first European) the Lifelong Achievement Award from the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT) (Toronto, Canada, August 2018). She has also received from the Psychological Council of Sicily a recognition for having allowed, with her work, an advancement in the field of national psychology (Palermo, Italy, October 2018).

She has been President and is now Honorary Member of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT), Founder and Honorary President of the Italian Association for Gestalt Psychotherapy (SIPG), President of the Italian Federation of Psychotherapy Methods (FIAP). She is a Full Member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy (NYIGT), of the Society of Psychotherapy Research (SPR), of the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP).

She is author of more than 250 scholarly publications on various aspects of Gestalt therapy theory and method, she is author and editor of 9 books (the book The Now-for- Next in Psychotherapy. Gestalt Therapy Recounted in Post-Modern Society has been translated in 8 languages, including Polish).

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>Martha Stark


Martha Stark, MD, a graduate of Harvard Medical School and Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, is a Holistic Adult/Child Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst in private practice in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Martha is Faculty, Harvard Medical School; Co-Director/Faculty, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies; Faculty, Psychiatry Redefined; Adjunct Faculty, William James College and Smith College School for Social Work; and Former Faculty, Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Martha is the author of six critically acclaimed books on psychoanalytic theory and technique (Working with Resistance; A Primer on Working with Resistance; Modes of Therapeutic Action; The Transformative Power of Optimal Stress; Psychotherapeutic Moments; and How Does Psychotherapy Work?) – award-winning “mandatory reading” at psychoanalytic training institutes and in psychodynamic psychotherapy programs both in the States and abroad.

Board Certified by the American Association of Integrative Medicine, Martha also contributes chapters to integrative medicine textbooks and articles to peer-reviewed toxicology / environmental medicine journals.

Martha serves on the editorial / advisory boards of various holistic health publications, including Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine; Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal; Journal of the American Association of Integrative Medicine; Advances in Mind-Body Medicine; Gavin Journal of Psychiatry and Cognitive Behavior; and International Journal of Clinical Toxicology.

Robert Neborsky


Robert J. Neborsky, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Del Mar, California, and a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine as well as UCLA School of Medicine (Hon). He was a founding member on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. He served as guest editor of the Ad Hoc Bulletin of Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. In 2003, Dr. Neborsky was honored by the UCLA School of Medicine clinical faculty association as the Distinguished Psychiatric Lecturer of the year for 2002.

Dr. Neborsky attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he won the Jacob Finesinger Award in Psychiatry. He served his residency at Emory University School of Medicine where he earned the Hope Skobba Memorial Award. He served in the United States Navy as Director of In-Patient Psychiatry at Balboa Naval Hospital. From there he joined the full-time faculty of UCSD School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in charge of emergency services and the medical student clerkship. He briefly served as the Director for all undergraduate education in psychiatry. Along with David Janowsky as co-author, he published significant research on the treatment of acute psychosis with high-dose/low-dose haloperidol, and wrote articles on the combined use of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of depression In 2001, he co-authored Short-Term Therapy for Long Term Change (Norton) and is a contributing author in the 2003 book, Healing Trauma (Norton). In 2002 he was named Distinguished Psychiatry Lecturer of the Year by the UCLA Clinical Faculty Association. In 2011 along with Josette ten Have de Labije he authored Roadmap to the Unconscious: Mastering Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, Karnac Books In 2013 he published Predicting Attachment Status from Observation of a Clinical Intensive Psychotherapy Interview which was nominated for Progress in Psychology as one of the top articles of that year. In 2016 in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment he co-authored, “The use of the Psychiatric Electroencephalography Evaluation Registry PEER to personalize pharmacotherapy”. In May 2017 the publication of the Polish translation of Roadmap to the Unconscious: Mastering Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy was released. In December 2017 the expanded edition of The Collected Writings of Robert J. Neborsky, MD was released.

Dr. Neborsky’s professional activities include training students in the techniques of his unique Attachment-Based variety of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (IS-TDP), presenting at local, national and international symposia. He is actively researching the interface between attachment theory, neuroscience, and psychotherapy along with his on- going research interests in pharmacotherapy of depression. Personally, he is an avid recreational golfer and devoted grandfather to his 3 grandchildren.

Bernhard M Strauss


Dr. Bernhard Michael Strauss is currently Full Professor of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena, Germany and head of the Institute of Psychosocial Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital. He completed his training in psychology at the University of Constance (Southern Germany), and his doctorate at the University of Hamburg. Following a five year position at the Psychiatric Hospital of Hamburg University (Department of Sex Research), he worked as an Associate Professor at the University Hospital at Kiel (Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy) between 1986 and 1996. During this time he completed his psychotherapeutic training as a psychoanalyst with additional special trainings in group psychotherapy as well as sex therapy.

As the head of the Institute at Jena University, he was/is involved in research projects from the fields of psychotherapy research, psychooncology, prevention, medical and psychotherapeutic education, health psychology etc. Bernhard Strauss was a member of the Executive Committee of the German Society for Sex Research; he is past president of the German College of Psychosomatic Medicine and the German Society for Medical Psychology, and Past President of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR).

He has published almost 60 books, more than 250 book chapters and more than 460 journal articles.

Miguel M. Gonçalves


Miguel M. Gonçalves is Professor at School of Psychology, University of Minho, Portugal. He was associate editor of Psychotherapy Research (the Journal of the Society of Psychotherapy Research), between 2010 and 2015.

His main research interests centers in the narrative and dialogical processes in psychotherapy. He and his team have developed the concept of innovative moment, as events in psychotherapy in which novelties towards a previous problematic pattern emerge. This concept has been inspiring his research projects from the past years. Several coding systems were developed to track the processes of change in psychotherapy: The Innovative Moments Coding System (IMCS, Gonçalves et al., 2011), used to identify Innovative Moments; the Ambivalence Coding System (ACS, Gonçalves et al., 2011), used to identify the emergence of ambivalence in therapy sessions; and the Ambivalence Resolution Coding System (ARCS, Braga et al., 2015), to track the way ambivalence is resolved along therapy.

His research group from Minho University has been training researchers from different countries in these new methodologies (e.g., US, Spain, Israel, Italy). Despite his main research interest on psychotherapy, the concepts and methods his team developed to study the psychotherapy process, have been applied on other related domains, like vocational counseling and academic underachievement.

Tom Warnecke

Tom Warnecke

Psychotherapist, supervisor, artist and writer, trained in Gestalt therapy and with David Boadella in biosynthesis.

His work is grounded in psychodynamic and psychophysiological perspectives and he developed a relational-somatic approach to Borderline trauma. Besides his psychotherapy and supervision practice, he works internationally as tutor, lecturer or facilitator for various psychotherapy and supervision diploma courses.

His publications focus on challenging aspects of psychotherapy such as Eros and sexuality, complex conditions, as well as ethical and socio-political discourse, and include the book ‘The Psyche in the Modern World – Psychotherapy and Society‘ (Karnac 2015). He is also a co-editor for the international Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy journal, a member the Executive Committee and the Governing Board of the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP), and a former Vice Chair for the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Renata Mizerska

Renata Mizerska

Certified psychotherapist and supervisor (PTPG, EAGT), specialist in child and adolescent psychotherapy, psychologist. In her work she integrates Gestalt psychotherapy, EFT emotion-focused therapy (humanistic-experiential group of approaches), mindfulness based therapy and mindful self-compassion programs.
President of the European Association for Gestalt Psychotherapy (EAGT) and the Polish Psychotherapy Council Federation of Associations (PRP). Member of the Commission for Accreditation and Certification and past President of the Polish Association for Gestalt Psychotherapy (PTPG). Member of the Board of the Polish Association for Psychotherapy Integration (PSIP).
She is also an editor of Polish translations of books “Gestalt psychotherapy in clinical practice. From psychopathology to aesthetics of contact” ed. by G. Francesetti, J. Roubal, M. Gecele, “Now-for-Next. Gestalt psychotherapy in postmodern society” by M. Spagnoulo Lobb, “Absence is a bridge between us. Gestalt psychotherapy towards depressive experiences” ed. by G. Francesetti (in preparation).