I was born in New York, NY, and studied psychology in the United States, Switzerland, and Austria, earning an M.A. and a Dr. phil. Having trained in Gestalt therapy, group psychoanalysis, and psychodrama, I have been in private practice since 1978 and work in English as well as in German with adults (www.amendt-lyon-gestalttherapie.at), either individually, as couples, or in groups. I work and live in Vienna, Austria.
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 and supervising Gestalt therapists in Austria and abroad.
At the Czech training Institute Gestalt Studia (www.gestaltstudia.cz) and the International Institute for Gestalt Therapy and Psychopathology (www.ipsig.it) in Turin, Italy, I am currently an external trainer. My publications include numerous articles and book chapters in both of my working languages on topics relating to Gestalt therapy, gender, and issues of sociopolitical relevance. I have served on the editorial boards of several professional journals, currently as an Associate Editor of Gestalt Review and on the scientific board of Psychotherapie Forum. In 2016 I edited the book Timeless Experience: Laura Perls’s Unpublished Notebooks and Literary Texts 1946-1985, which was also published in Spanish, German, and French. I co-edited the anthology Creative License: The Art of Gestalt Therapy, in 2003, which was later published in German, French, and Italian, and, in 2013, a novel, Case Unclosable (www.caseunclosable.com). An updated list of Gestalt publications from Austria, including my own, is available as a pdf-file – EAGT-AustrianPublications2018.pdf – under the link: http://oevg-gestalt.at/links-und-downloads/