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The Now-for-Next in PsychotherapyGestalt 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”.
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.