Gianni Francesetti


Psychiatrist, Gestalt therapist, Adjunt Professor of Phenomenological and Existential Approach, Dep. of Psychology, University of Torino (Italy), international trainer and supervisor, he has published widely on psychotherapy and psychopathology, exploring original approaches to understanding clinical suffering from a phenomenological and Gestalt therapy viewpoint and proposing new models for framing particular clinical disorders (including experiences of panic, depression, psychosis, and obsessive-compulsive disorder). He is President of the IPsiG – International Institute for Gestalt Therapy and Psychopathology and of Poiesis – Gestalt Therapy Clinical Centre of Torino.

He is Past President of the EAGT (European Association for Gestalt Therapy), of the SIPG (Italian Society for Gestalt therapy), of the FIAP (Italian Federation of Psychotherapy Associations), member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT), the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP), and the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR).



  1. Francesetti G., Griffero T. (Eds.), Neither Inside nor Outside. Psychopathology and Atmospheres, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK), 2019.
  2. Francesetti G., Reed E., Vázquez Bandín C. (Eds.), Gestalt Therapy with Obsessive-Compulive Disorder, Los Libros del CTP, Madrid, 2019.
  3. Francesetti G., Psicopatologia fenomenologico-gestaltica: una Introduccion ligera, Los Libros del CTP, Madrid, 2019. (English Translation forthcoming)
  4. Francesetti G., “Absence Is the Bridge Between Us”. Gestalt Therapy Perspective on Depressive Experiences, Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy, Siracusa, 2015 (Translated in Spain, Italian, French, Russian, Polish)
  5. Francesetti G., Ammirata M., Riccamboni S., Sgadari N., Spagnuolo Lobb M. (eds.), Il dolore e la bellezza. Atti del III convegno della Società Italiana Psicoterapia Gestalt, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2014.
  6. Francesetti G., Gecele M., Roubal J. (eds.), Gestalt Therapy in Clinical Practice. From Psychopathology to the Aesthetics of Contact, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2013. (Translated in Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, Romanian, German, Dutch, Polish)
  7. Francesetti G., Gecele M., Gnudi F., Pizzimenti M. (eds.), La creatività come identità terapeutica. Atti del II Convegno della SIPG, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2011.
  8. English: G. Francesetti (ed.), Panic Attacks and Postmodernity. Gestalt Therapy Between Clinical and Social Perspectives, Gestalt Journal Press. (Translated in Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, Macedonian, Georgian)


Papers and chapters

  1. Francesetti G., The Field Strategy in Clinical Practice: Towards a Theory of Therapeutic Phronesis, in: Brownell P. (Ed.), Handbook for Theory, Research and Practice in Gestalt Therapy, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK), 2019.
  2. Béja V., Francesetti G., Roubal J., Reck M., Out of the Paris Conference: a step into exploring practice-based research in Gestalt therapy, in British Gestalt Journal, 2018, vol. 27, n. 1; 7-13.
  3. Francesetti G., Roubal J., Gecele M., Aesthetic Diagnosis in Gestalt Therapy, in Behavioral Sciences 2017, 7(4), 70; doi: 10.3390/bs7040070
  4. Francesetti G., “You Cry, I Feel Pain”. The Emerging, Co-created Self as the Foundation of Anthropology, Psychopathology and Treatment in Gestalt Therapy. In: Robine J.-M. (ed.), Self. A Polyphony of Contemporary Gestalt Therapists, L’Exprimerie, St Romain la Virvée, 2016.
  5. Francesetti G., From Individual Symptoms to Psychopathological Fields. Towards a Field Perspective on Clinical Human Suffering, in British Gestalt Journal 2015, 24, 1: 5-19.
  6. Francesetti G., Aesthetics in Psychopathology and Gestalt Therapy, in Bloom D., O’Neill B. (eds.), The New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy in the 21st Century. An Anthology of Published Writings Since 2000, Ravenwood Press, Peregian Beach (Australia), 2014.
  7. Francesetti G., The Emergent Suffering. Field Perspective on Psychopathology in Gestalt Therapy, in Klaren G., Levi N., Vidakovic I. (eds.), Yes We Care! Social, Political and Cultural Relationship as Therapy’s Ground. A Gestalt Perspective, EAGT, The Netherlands, 2013.
  8. Francesetti G., Pain and Beauty. From Psychopathology to the Aesthetics of Contact, in British Gestalt Journal 2012, 21, 2, 4-18.
  9. Francesetti G., Gecele M., Gestalt Therapy Perspective on Psychopathology and Diagnosis, in British Gestalt Journal 2009, Vol. 18, n. 2, 5-20.