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The Istituto di Gestalt H.C.C..


Directors and Founders of the Istituto di Gestalt, H.C.C. 


Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb and Giovanni Salonia


Gestalt therapists, Gestalt therapy trainers since 1979, Salonia and Lobb were mainly trained by Isadore From and Erving and Miriam Polster.

They are the founders and directors of the Istituto di Gestalt - H.C.C.; they introduced and edited the Italian edition of Perls' book Ego, Hunger and Aggression and the Italian edition of Gestalt Therapy, By Perls, Hefferline and Goodman.

They created a model of co-therapy, called "Beyond the Empty Chair", which has been higly appreciated internationally.

In 1985 they founded the Italian Gestalt therapy journal Quaderni di Gestalt and in 1992 the International Gestalt therapy journal Studies in Gestalt Therapy .


Margherita SPAGNUOLO-LOBB, Italy Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Gestalt therapy trainer since 1979, she is founder and co-director of the Istituto di Gestalt in Italy, a psychotherapy training institute with 5 offices (Venice, Rome, Palermo, Ragusa, Siracusa), all recognized by the Italian Minister for Universities and Research as a Post-Degree School of Psychotherapy for psychologists and medical doctors.

She is Full Member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy. Past President of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy and actually president of FIAP (Italian Federation of the Associations of Psychotherapy).

She has contributed to Gestalt therapy literature with several publications (regarding the theory of self, Gestalt therapy training, therapeutic process, Gestalt therapy in psychiatric structures, a Gestalt therapy model to give birth, etc.) and has edited the books «Gestalt Therapy: Hermeneutics and Clinical», and «Creative License: The Art of Gestalt Therapy» (Springer: Wien, New York, 2003, with N. Amendt-Lyon). She edits the Italian journal “Quaderni di Gestalt ” (since 1985) and has introduced in Italy the most relevant Gestalt psychotherapists, and literature.

She is an international trainer of Gestalt psychotherapy, leading workshops in many Countries; she also cooperates with many research groups on psychotherapy internationally.

She organized the 6th European Conference of Gestalt Therapy (Palermo, October 1998), the 7th International Conference of Gestalt Therapy (Naples, November 2002) and the Second Italian Conference of all methods of Psychotherapy (Siracuse, April 2005). She is one of the founders of the European Conferences of Gestalt Therapy Writers. She is active in Europe in the recognition of the profession of psychotherapist.


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GIOVANNI SALONIA started from a theoretical interest and research in communication style and processes, at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome.

He co-authored a book on Interpersonal Communication (1979). He then went on to develop some of the basics of Perls-Hefferline-Goodman's Gestalt Therapy.

He published specific contributions about psychopathology, developmental theory, and transference and countertransference. During the last few years he has revisited the dimension of time in Perls-Hefferline-Goodman text as an hermeneutic key for the therapeutic relationship.

In 1994 he wrote Kairòs, a book about training processes.

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