The Istituto di Gestalt – H.C.C. Italy publishes, since 2014, a Gestalt Therapy Book Series, directed by Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb and Gianni Francesetti.
This new venture means an important opportunity of scientific exchanges among colleagues and a chance to promote and develop the Gestalt-therapy approach.
The books are available as paper and e-book in this site:
Absence is the Bridge between us
Gestalt Therapy Perspective on Depressive Experiences Edited by Gianni Francesetti
Preface by Lynne Jacobs
“I am grateful for what I have learned from reading this book. Each author demonstrates that depressive experiences are field phenomena, contextually emergent and contextually supported, and affecting our environment. They are not isolated events, they are of a field. They emerge from contexts that support depressive experiences. The impoverished conditions ‘speak’ through the person who presents with depression.
The perspective this book offers gave me a more nuanced appreciation of the many experiences with depression that my patients and I have lived through. The foundational, even existential significance is clearer to me now. Our perseverance and emotional courage have been cast in a more profound light, which inspires my current work.
The combination of clinical insight and theoretical inspiration is breathtaking.”
From the Preface by Lynne Jacobs
Gianni FRANCESETTI Gestalt therapist, psychiatrist, international trainer and supervisor. Coordinator of the International Training Program and Director of the Master on Gestalt Therapy Approach to Psychopathology (Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy). President of the European Association for Psychotherapy, Past President of the Italian Federation of Psychotherapy Associations and of the Italian Society for Gestalt Therapy, member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy and of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. He lives and works in Turin (Italy) as psychotherapist, psychiatrist and supervisor.
Social Change Begins with Two
by Jean-Marie Robine
Social Change Begins with Two is a collection of published and unpublished essays and conference lectures prepared by Jean-Marie Robine over the last ten years. Its release is a unique opportunity to be taken on a tour of his thought over the decade and its developments in areas ranging from philosophical issues to social concerns, clinical insights to political perspectives, without ever losing focus of Gestalt therapy, the thread unifying the collection. Following the author in his line of thought, readers can learn how Jean-Marie has explored some of the topics most dear to him, in which his insights have become key contributions over the last ten years to debate in the international Gestalt community. Robine is one of the most prominent theorists on the contemporary Gestalt therapy scene. For years he has developed a discourse that is firmly rooted in the epistemology of the paradigm, bringing forth new, stimulating figures that are a creative inspiration for his students and readers.
This book is a precious contribution to the Gestalt therapy community not only for the contents it conveys, but as an example of a paradigmatic model of inquiry—of how to develop Gestalt therapy theory and practice by drawing from various grounds and like-minded disciplines and channeling it all into the practice of psychotherapy and stimulating new thought, without ever losing the rigor of our foundational epistemology. The deliberate non-systematicity of the paths presented leaves matters open rather than closing them, encouraging readers to explore the outlines and suggestions provided by the author, in what is a rather effective way of not precociously closing the horizons that these pages throw open.
Jean-Marie ROBINE is a clinical psychologist since 1967, Gestalt-therapist and trainer. Founder and past director of Institut Français de Gestalt-thérapie (1980-2007), co-founder and past-president of European Association for Gestalt Therapy, full member of New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy. Jean-Marie was a student of Isadore From, who was among the founders of Gestalt Therapy. International trainer, author of many articles and 7 books about Gestalt Therapy. His previous book « On the Occasion of an Other » has been translated into 7 languages.
The Now-for-Next in Psychotherapy
Gestalt Therapy Recounted in Post-Modern Society
by Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb
a Full Member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy
Gestalt therapy sees the therapeutic relationship as the occurring, the coming to light of a co-creation between patient and therapist. By means of clinical cases, the author leads the reader on her path of understanding of the Gestalt approach, which is focused on the desire for contact that animates relational unease and on the process that reveals its “music”.
In these ten chapters, the author offers her readers a professional and human maturity developed over the thirty years of passion she has brought to her tireless work for Gestalt therapy in Italy and abroad.
This book greatly adds to Gestalt therapy’s intellectual and spiritual resources (…). I call this attitude clinical humility, an essential condition for the possibility of analytic love or affection that will not collapse, become destructive, or self-destruct. This book embraces with clarity and courage the need for the patient actually to matter emotionally to the therapist. Read on!
(From the Preface by Donna Orange)
But the merits of this book are not limited to showing the interconnections a- mong schools, or to updating Gestalt therapy to contemporary society, studying the technique in depth in various clinical contexts. For me this book has yet a- nother merit: it leads the reader on an adventure that is not only intellectual but also engrossing from the emotional point of view. And this is a central characte- ristic of Gestalt therapy that has always fascinated me.
(From the Preface by Paolo Migone)
Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb was born in 1956; she lives in Syracuse (Italy), and travels extensively to teach in Italy and abroad. She is a psychologist, a licensed psychotherapist, the founder and, since 1979, director of the Istituto di Gestalt HCC, approved by the Italian Minister for Universities, with premises in Syracuse, Palermo and Milan. She is a Full Member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, past-president of the Italian Federation of the Associations of Psychotherapy (FIAP), past-president and first Honorary Member of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT), past- and Honorary President of the Italian Association of Gestalt Psychotherapy (SIPG). Since 1985, she has edited the Italian journal Quaderni di Gestalt and has served on the board of several other international journals. She has written many articles, chapters and books published in various languages. The present volume has been published in English, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Rumenian. She has fostered the dialogue between Gestalt therapy and the most important contemporary psychotherapists and researchers, such as Daniel Stern, Vittorio Gallese, Elisabeth Fivaz-Depeursinge, Donna Orange, Umberto Galimberti, and others.
Gestalt Therapy in Clinical Practice
From psychopathology to the aesthetics of contact
Edited by: Gianni Francesetti, Michela Gecele,Jan Roubal
“A Gestalt therapy handbook on psychopathology, and to boot a relational approach to this complex topic! This book is ground-breaking and revolutionary. Breaking new ground is always controversial, as I am sure this book will be, both among Gestalt therapists and among more traditional medical model psychopathologically oriented psychiatrists and psychologists.(…) This book is revolutionary in its effort to tackle the topic of psychopathology from a Gestalt relational perspective and it offers a specifically formulated Gestalt therapy view of understanding psychopathology. It views psychopathology as a co-created phenomenon of the field that emerges at the contact boundary and as being able to be transformed in the process of contact. This is a laudable attempt to expand the core concepts of a Gestalt theory of human functioning to understanding seriously disturbed clients and psychotic functioning”