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International seminar

with Margherita Spagnuolo-Lobb
Giuseppe Sampognaro


From the Death of Oedipus to the Emergence of the Situational Field


June 27-30, 2022
Syracuse, Italy

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We invite you to the seminar as part of the program
"The Now-for-Next"

The main ideas that will be presented by Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb at this seminar are described in her book -

 "The Now-for-Next" in Psychotherapy. Gestalt Therapy Recounted in Post Modern Society (2013)

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Although sexuality as a relational fact is well-studied in therapy and its related ethical standards are quite clear, love, as a phenomenon familiar to everyone, describes certain difficulties - especially when it comes to the love of a patient or therapist.

Do we feel love for our patients?

How common are the words “Do you love me?” sound in our offices.


Patients are extremely distrustful that the person to whom they pay money can love them - especially at the beginning of therapy, when they are overwhelmed by what the therapist notices about them. 


They fear that the therapist's ability to see the good in them

(although they subsequently recognize this good in themselves and deeply suffer from its presence) -

it is just a technique, a therapeutic trick, with no sincere feeling behind it.


It seems that the therapist's love for the client has two forms: love that is conditioned by the role of the therapist and love that arises spontaneously during the contact.

The psychology of love is not universal
and we wish psychology could help us to love, but this is impossible. 

Psychology of relationships only helps us to notice ourselves and others. 

The love of the client should not be doubted either:

This is a reality, a certain loyalty in various therapeutic situations.


The client gives the therapist access to his intimate history with the intention of future contact, which involves the completion of previous open "gestalts" with the other person:


So we can talk about the “institutional aspect” of the client’s “love”: simply because a person is a client and puts himself “into the hands” of the therapist, which leads to the emergence of a potential “love” attachment.

How does this relationship work in therapy?

We invite you to learn about this at our seminar!

Who is This Seminar for?

​For Gestalt therapists, clinical psychologists and psychotherapists working in different modalities

For graduate students of the Gestalt therapy program

For 4th and 5th year students of psychological faculties of universities,

as well as for master's students

What Does the Seminar Offer?


Margherita and Joseppe will share their  points of view on:

  • what is a loving therapist

  • what is the ethics of therapeutic love

  • about the connection between sexuality and love in the context of the situational field


Participants will carry out experiments about love issues in a therapeutic relationship


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In addition, we will analyze cases from practice, and also get acquainted with practical skills with the experience of the seminar trainers

Seminar Presenters


Margherita Spagnuolo-Lobb


Psychotherapist, Researcher, International Trainer, Ph.D

She is an international trainer and leads the programs in Gestalt Therapy Field Approach to Development and Psychopathology as well as the training Programs for Supervisors around the world

She is the director of the Gestalt Institute HCC in Italy (Syracuse, Palermo, Milan).


In her clinical work, based on the principles of Gestalt therapy and the hermeneutic method, she developed a field-oriented, phenomenological and aesthetic approach.


Her book “The Now-for-Next in Psychotherapy. Gestalt Therapy Recounted in Post-Modern society." (2013) has been translated into 8 languages.

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).

Margherita is one of the most prominent modern Gestalt therapists, a student of Isadore From, a follower of the ideas of Laura Perls, as well as Irwin and Miriam Polster. 

Margherita develops the ideas of aesthetics and beauty in Gestalt therapy, teaches a holistic, harmonious perception of the person and the therapeutic process, and generously shares her courageous, supportive and practical views and experiences.

She is also the author and editor of 250 publications and 13 books.
Her works "Aesthetic Relational Knowledge", "Polyphonic Development of Domains" and "Dance Steps between therapist and client" are concepts that she is researching in collaboration with various universities. 


Giuseppe Sampognaro


Gestalt Therapist. He graduated from the institute - at l’Istituto di Gestalt HCC  in Italy


He works as a psychologist in ASP Pediatric Neuropsychiatry in Syracuse. 


Giuseppe is interested in using creative techniques in clinical psychology; above all, the use of images, music and writing for therapeutic purposes. 


He is also a freelance journalist and collaborates with various Italian and foreign newspapers. 


From 1995 to 2003 he was an editor of the psychological column for Rai Televideo. 


He founded the journal on educational psychology -“Esventure Psicopedagogiche”. 


In 2000 he published the novel "A Thousand Worlds", in 2007 the collection of short stories "Trentadue Improvvisi", and in 2008 the text "Writing the Unspeakable: Creative Writing in Gestalt Psychotherapy". 


He is the editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Quaderni di Gestalt.


Terms of Participation


June 27-30, 2022


Syracuse, Italy

Seminar time:

every day, from 9:00 to 18:00

Seminar Language:

Italian and Russian (consecutive interpreting )

Cost of Participation:

700 euros; 
Registration upon 100% prepayment

Number of Participants:

Up to 25 people, WA

Paid Separately:

Flight, accommodation, meals on site

To enter the seminar area, you must be vaccinated with vaccines recognized in Europe and specifically in Italy!
The seminar will be held in accordance with the current situation, taking precautions

(masks, distance, etc.) 

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