Nancy Amendt Lyon


I was born in New York, NY, and studied psychology in the United States, Switzerland, and Austria, earning an MA and a Dr. phil. Since 1978 I have been in private practice and work in English as well as in German with adults, either individually, as couples, or in groups. My training is in Gestalt therapy and group psychoanalysis. I have chaired the Austrian Association for Gestalt Therapy (ÖVG) since it was founded in 2007, hold membership in the Austrian Association for Psychotherapy (ÖBVP) and the European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT), and draw on many years of experience training Gestalt therapists, group psychoanalysts, and supervisors in Austria and abroad. Recently I became an external trainer at the Czech training Institute Gestalt Studia ( co-edited the anthology Creative License: The Art of Gestalt Therapy, which was published in English by Springer (Vienna/New York, 2003) and subsequently in German as Die Kunst der Gestalttherapie: Eine schöpferische Wechselbeziehung (also by Springer, 2006). Creative License was published in French as Permis de créer by l’exprimerie (Bordeaux) in 2006 and in Italian as Il Permesso di Creare by FrancoAngeli (Milan) in 2007.

Selected Recent Publications:

A more comprehensive and annually updated list of my publications can be found under under the heading “Publikationen” or under the heading “Archives,” subheading “Austria.”

Amendt-Lyon, N. (2013) Book Review. Staemmler, Frank-M. (2012) Empathy in Psychotherapy. How Therapists and Clients Understand Each Other. In: Gestalt Review, 17(1): 86-91.

Amendt-Lyon, N. (2013) Gestalt Therapy in Austria. In: O’Leary, E. (ed.): Gestalt Therapy Around the World. John Wiley & Sons: West Sussex, UK, 95-112.

Amendt-Lyon, N. (2013) Relational Sexual Issues: Love and Lust in Context. In: Francesetti, G., Gecele, M., & Roubal, J. (eds.): Gestalt Therapy in Clinical Practice: From Psychopathology to the Aesthetics of Contact. FrancoAngeli: Milan, 583-598.

Amendt-Lyon, N. (2011) Gestalttherapie. In: Stumm (Hg.) Psychotherapie. Schulen und Methoden. Eine Orientierungshilfe für Theorie und Praxis. Vienna: Falter, 204-217.

Amendt-Lyon, N.: Toward a Gestalt Therapeutic Concept for Promoting Creative Process. (2003) In: Spagnuolo Lobb, M. & Amendt-Lyon, N. (eds.): Creative License. The Art of Gestalt Therapy. Vienna, New York: Springer, 5-20.

Amendt-Lyon, N. (2003) Memorable Moments in the Therapeutic Relationship. In: Spagnuolo Lobb, M. & Amendt-Lyon, N. (eds.): Creative License. The Art of Gestalt Therapy. Vienna, New York: Springer, 211-224.

Courses Offered

At the moment I offer supervision to students of the IGWien and the Austrian Academy of Psychotherapeutic Medicine. From June 12th – 14th, 2015 I will conduct a workshop on the subject of “Relational Sexual Issues” in Paris, and from October 25th – 30th, 2015 I will conduct an experiential workshop in Gestalt therapy at the annual conference in Bad Gleichenberg, Austria, where I have been part of the staff for nearly thirty years.