Gestalt therapy recounted in post-modern society
Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb

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From psychopathology to the aesthetics of contact
Edited by: Gianni Francesetti,Michela Gecele,Jan Roubal (FrancoAngeli, 2013)

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CREATIVE LICENSE: THE ART OF GESTALT THERAPY Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb and Nancy Amendt-Lyon (Eds.)
Wien, NewYork: Springer, 2003

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PANIC ATTACKS AND POSTMODERNITY Gestalt Therapy Between Clinical and Social Perspective
Gianni Francesetti with the collaboration of Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb
Preface by Dan Bloom
Milano: Angeli, 2007

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Articles available in English:

Iaculo G. ( 2007), The Psychosomatic Disorders in a Dependent personalità, Gestalt Review , 11: 1, 59-73.

Righetti P.L., Mione M. ( 2007), Toward a concept of prenatal self in Gestalt therapy, Gestalt Review , 11: 2, 136-143.

Spagnuolo Lobb M. (2007), Being at the Contact Boundary with the Other: The Challenge of Every Couple, British Gestalt Journal ,16: 1, 44-52.

Spagnuolo Lobb M., "Classical Gestalt Therapy Theory", in: Woldt A.L. and Toman S. M. (Eds.), Gestalt Therapy. History, Theory, and Practice, Sage Publications, California , USA , 2005, pp. 21-39.

Spagnuolo Lobb M. (2003), Psychotherapy as a profession – The Italian model , in: International Journal of Psychotherapy, vol 8, No. 3, pp. 227-233.

M. Spagnuolo Lobb-G. Salonia-P. Cavaleri, Individual and Community in the Third Millenium: The Creative Contribution of Gestalt Therapy, in: The British Gestalt Journal, vol. 6, no. 2, 1997, pp. 107-113.

M. Spagnuolo Lobb - G. Salonia - P. Cavaleri - A. Sichera , The Experience of Time as a Dimension of the Experience of Contact-Withdrawal, in: Australian Gestalt Journal, vol. 2, No. 2, December 1998, pp. 29-37.

M. Spagnuolo Lobb-G. Salonia-A. Sichera, From the “Discomfort of Civilisation” to Creative Adjustment: The Relationship between Individual and Community in Psychotherapy in the Third Millennium, in: International Journal of Psychotherapy, n. 1, 1996, pp. 45-53

Spagnuolo Lobb M. (2003), In Honour of Miriam Poster. The Forbidden Heroism of Women, in: Australian Gestalt Journal, vol. 7, pp. 11-16.

M. Spagnuolo Lobb (2002), A Gestalt Approach to Juvenile Experience: Valuing and Accepting “Different-ness” in Our Children, in: Australian Gestalt Journal, vol. 6, n. 1, pp. 33-38.

M. Spagnuolo Lobb (2002), A Gestalt Therapy Model for Addressing Psychosis, in: British Gestalt Journal, vol 11, n.1, pp. 5-15.

M. Spagnuolo Lobb (2001), The theory of Self in Gestalt Therapy: A Restatement of Some Aspects, in: Gestalt Review, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 276-288.

M. Spagnuolo Lobb (2000), Great Persons Cast Great Lights and Great Shadows, in: The British Gestalt Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 126-129.

M. Spagnuolo Lobb, Gestalt Therapy as Narrative: A Commentary on Peter Mortola's Paper "Narrative Formation and Gestalt Closure", in: Gestalt Review, vol.3, n.4, 1999, pp. 325-334.


Books available in French:

Spagnuolo Lobb M. (Ed.), Gestalt-thérapie avec des patients sévèrement perturbés, Bordeaux: L'Exprimerie, 2005

Articles in French:

Spagnuolo Lobb M., L'awareness dans la pratique post-moderne de la gestalt-therapie, in: Gestalt, Societé Français de Gestalt ed., vol XV, n. 27, 2004, pp. 41-58.


Articles in Spanish:

Spagnuolo Lobb M., La consciencia inmediata en la pràctica post-moderna de la Terapia Gestalt, in: Revista de Terapia Gestalt, Asociaciòn Espagnola de Terapia gestalt, No. 25, 2005, pp. 24-33.

M. Spagnuolo Lobb (2002), Psicoterapia Gestalt en Instituciones Psiquiatricas, in: Figura/Fondo, n. 11, pp. 43-66.

M. Spagnuolo Lobb (2001), La Formaciòn en Terapia Gestalt. Còmo modifica la perspectiva de la agresiòn dental el concepto tradicional de formaciòn, in: Figura/Fondo, vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 19-34.

M. Spagnuolo Lobb (2000), El Apoyo Especìfico en las Interruptiones del Contacto, in: Figura/Fondo, vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 3-16.


Books in German:

M. Spagnuolo Lobb, N. Amendt-lyon (hrsg.)

Die kunst der gestalttherapie. Eine schoepferische wechselbeziehung,
Springer, Vienna, 2006

Articles in German:

M. Spagnuolo Lobb (2001), Gestalt-Therapie: Hermeneutik und Klinische Praxis, in: Gestalt (SVG, Switzerland), No. 40, February 2001, pp. 17-20.


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Gestalt Therapy
Hermeneutics and Clinical

Edited by Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb

FOREWORD TO THE ITALIAN EDITION (Milano, Franco Angeli editore, 2000)

Can clinical models elaborated decades ago, in entirely different historical and social conditions, still meet the needs of a world which has been completely transformed?

The aim of this book is to explore Gestalt psychotherapy, fifty years after its creation,by asking the questions that belong to the cultural and clinical horizon of our time.The problems discussed here have come to light during the periods of research carried out by the training staff working in the Istituto di Gestalt-Human Communication Center, since 1979. We have conducted a critical examination of the tradition we work in ( and which moulded us) in search of a treatment model for seriously disturbed patients that aims at achieving personality integration rather than mere social training.

What is the therapeutic value of letting oneself be absorbed in the transient truth of the here and now with a borderline or psychotic patient?

What relationship needs determine the behaviour, at times so dramatic, of adolescents today?

How can a "fragmented" society face the challenge of the integration of the "other", the dialogue between differences? How can our society's dominant myth of self-fulfilment be made compatible with the possibilty of maintaining satisfying long term relationships ?

The opening essay defines the original contribution that this approach has made, and continues to make, to the world of psychotherapy. It examines a relationship that is neither intrapsychic, nor interpersonal nor systemic, but is centred on the experience of the "between", that is, that experiental space that is to be found between the 'I' and the 'you', between internal experience and the influence of the environment.

Coherent with phenomenological thought, of which it constitutes the most original clinical application, Gestalt therapy states that we cannot know "reality" in itself, but only that part of it that is experienced in the here and now, in other words, in the experience of contact and withdrawal of a "human animal organism" with its environment.

Contact constitutes the hermeneutical cypher, and gives an individual identity and autogenous depth to this type of psychotherapy.

Gestaltic epistemology considers contact to be a boundary event in continuous evolution, observed by the Gestalt therapist as a process .His principal concern is not to identify meanings but observe the evolution of relational deliberateness.The creation of the relationship is the place in which the truth of the 'I' and the 'you' generates a new truth, a momentary configuration of harmony that immediately leaves space for other figures.

It is the Zwischenheit,what Buber calls "betweeness",what is between the 'I' and the 'you', and, for Gestalt psychotherapy, this is what orients human behaviour.

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