WINTER SPECIAL EVENT – Encountering Artificial Intelligence – Exploring a Phenomenology of Embodied Experience

It is increasingly clear how a profound journey toward a new civilization is emerging, different from the one in which we were born. AI isn’t just coming, or coming fast.

Maciej Lukaszewicz and Claire SpillerOn October 30, 2023, the White House announced an executive order on global AI safety.

It is increasingly clear how a profound journey toward a new civilization is emerging, different from the one in which we were born. AI isn’t just coming, or coming fast. It is here. Even if we don’t access it, or like it. And it is not so much our accessing AI, but how it is accessing us. Within our daily lives.

How do we experience this as Gestalt therapists? How might AI impact Gestalt therapy communities all over the world?

This special event will:

  • Explore a phenomenology of embodied experience in relation to AI;
  • Consider how to integrate Gestalt theory into clinical practice within a situated world of AI;
  • Identify new developments in AI and how we may understand these in terms of field emergence;
  • Explore whether as Gestalt therapists we may creatively interact with AI;
  • Ask “Can AI be ethical?” and “Can an AI landscape be relational and field-emergent?”

How do we want to participate in the unfolding of this new lifeworld? And who are we becoming right now, as Gestalt therapists in this changing landscape?


Maciej Lukaszewicz is a fourth-year student at Wielkopolska Szkoła Psychoterapii Gestalt (WSPG) in Poznań, Poland. He has been in clinical practice with clients since 2021.

For the last 15 years, he has been working in culture and art management, including for Robert Wilson at his Watermill Center, in New York, from 2012 to 2015.

Maciej graduated with an MA in theology and philosophy from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland and a MSc in European policy and management from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK.

In so-called free time, he leads a theater group and directs performances or spends hours staring at miniatures in medieval manuscripts.


Claire Spiller is the current secretary of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy. She is also a UKCP registered and accredited Gestalt psychotherapist, and a clinical supervisor approved by the Metanoia Institute, London, where she is a final-year Gestalt PhD student.

Claire presented her doctoral research, The Phenomenology of Gestalt Therapy Online, at an EAGT research webinar and the UKCP International Research Conference in 2022.

She is also a graduate of the Online Therapy Institute and the Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy program at the Center for Somatic Studies. In addition, she has published an article entitled “A Year of the Pandemic: Existential themes for psychotherapists” in Existential Analysis, 2021, Vol. 32., No. 2, and is working on a paper on phenomenology in Gestalt therapy.

Claire has been working clinically online since 2016, and has a background in writing, designing, and delivering a range of clinical training courses locally and nationally in the UK, teaching and assessing qualified and trainee therapists on working with survivors of traumatic experiences.

She is also on the faculty of the “Working with the Complexities of Trauma” certificate program of Therapy and Counselling, which has been accredited by the National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists, offers international online training, and was named the best UK professional therapy training service of 2023 in Wales.

Claire has a private practice in South Wales, UK, working remotely and in person.

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