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Hope, Outrage, Community: A Pre-Election Gathering @ Zoom
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Panelists: Frank Bosco, Perry Gunther, Michael Vincent Miller & Lee Zevy

Please join us for a structured community event ahead of perhaps the most momentous American presidential election ever — one that will have consequences for the U.S. as well as the rest of the world. A panel of speakers will reflect on relevant topics such as Paul Goodman and activism, how the current political climate is impacting therapists and clients, and the historical importance of the arts during times of crisis. There will also be opportunities to express and exchange, both in large and small groups, our hopes, fears, and other feelings about where we are in today’s charged — and unprecedentedly outrageous — environment.

The Concept of Field and the Practice of Reciprocity – Presenter: Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb @ Zoom
Nov 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Concept of Field and the Practice of Reciprocity - Presenter: Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb @ Zoom

Zoom link to be announced.

Presenter: Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb (Italy)

A concept of field in line with PHG will be presented. It will be outlined how this concept leads me to develop our method and practice focusing on the ground experience of the contact making and on the reciprocity (the dance) of contact. Examples on the practice of reciprocity will be made. The whole seminar will consider the new organism/environment balance in the actual pandemic times.


Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb is the director of Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy (Milan, Siracuse, Palermo). She has developed some basic clinical concepts of Gestalt therapy, like intentionality of contact, aesthetic presence, self as contact, and organism/environment field, in her book The Now-for-Next in Psychotherapy: Gestalt Therapy Recounted in Post-Modern Society. Integrating what she has learned from Isadore From with her experiences with Daniel Stern and other exponents of intersubjectivity and primary relationships, and with neuroscientists like Vittorio Gallese, she has approached the description of the ground experience of the self (the “Polyphonic Development of Domains”), of the intuition of the therapist as a function of the field condition (the “Aesthetic Relational Knowledge”), until her recent studies on “the Dance of Reciprocity” between therapist and client, as a switch of paradigm needed in our pandemic times.

More about her work:

Transformational Chairwork: Using the Four Dialogues for Healing and Liberation – Presenters: Scott Kellogg & Amanda Garcia Torres @ Zoom
Dec 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Zoom link to be announced.

Presenters: Scott Kellogg & Amanda Garcia Torres

Scott Kellogg - Amanda Garcia Torres

Transformational Chairwork has its roots in the seminal experiential psychotherapy innovations of Dr. Fritz Perls during his Esalen/Gestalt Therapy Verbatim years. Moving beyond that, we have also studied the practices and insights of a wide range of other Gestalt and integrative therapists; this led to the discovery of the Four Dialogues model in 2018.

The Four Dialogues Model is based on the realization that there are only four core dialogical stances — Giving Voice, Telling the Story, Internal Dialogues, and Relationships and Encounters — and that all of Chairwork psychotherapy involves the use of these approaches — either alone or in combination with others.

In this presentation, we would:

  1. Briefly introduce the Four Dialogues Model.
  2. Show how Chairwork can be used when working with inner critic issues and experiences of trauma and mistreatment.
  3. Explore how the Four Dialogues can be a deep and empowering form of healing with patients from historically oppressed or marginalized groups; Chairwork can be a particularly effective way of (a) challenging experiences of racism and discrimination, (b) working through issues with identity, and (c) resolving ambivalence.
  4. Provide live case consultations and role-plays with the participants to see if Chairwork can help them overcome or find solutions for therapeutic impasses or difficult clinical situations.


Dr. Scott Kellogg is an ISST-certified Advanced Schema Therapist who has also trained in Gestalt therapy and Voice Dialogue. He created the Transformational Chairwork approach in 2008 and he currently teaches this method of psychotherapeutic dialogue to clinicians in both the United States and abroad. Dr. Kellogg is in private practice in New York City.

Dr. Kellogg has served on the faculties of New York University, The Rockefeller University, and the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also a past president of the Division on Addictions of the New York State Psychological Association.

Dr. Kellogg is the author of Transformational Chairwork: Using Psychotherapeutic Dialogues in Clinical Practice (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).

His Chairwork website is:

Amanda Garcia Torres is a certified Chairwork Psychotherapist and a Trainer at The Transformational Chairwork Psychotherapy Project. Ms. Garcia Torres received her master’s degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University and has also completed training in Voice Dialogue. Since beginning her journey with Transformational Chairwork in 2013, she now teaches and demonstrates Chairwork both in New York City and abroad. Ms. Garcia Torres has had a lifelong passion for addressing suffering and injustice, particularly within historically oppressed populations. This has driven her to seek special education and training around sexual identity, gender identity, racial justice, women’s issues, and trauma. Ms. Garcia Torres is in private practice in New York City.

Her website is:

POSTPONED: Bullying and Workplace Harassment: A Gestalt Perspective – Presenter: Lee Zevy @ Zoom
Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
POSTPONED: Bullying and Workplace Harassment: A Gestalt Perspective - Presenter: Lee Zevy @ Zoom

This presentation has been postponed. Please check back here for the new date when it is announced.

Presenter: Lee Zevy

The understanding of bullying and workplace harassment is usually limited to one side, the victim or the other, the bully/perpetrator.

Only recently has the relationship itself been explored as central to the process of how aggression, harassment, and violence progress over time.

However, just separating or punishing any one of the parties involved, as is often the case, is inadequate to prevent both individuals from continuing their role with someone else.

Locating the relational interplay within a field of intersecting forces would add depth and understanding to the wider field. This would allow for greater awareness of the points at which the building aggression can be interrupted. Then the participants can be helped to understand the forces driving them and the relational engagement of the process.


Lee Zevy is one of the founders of Identity House, a walk-in peer counseling and psychotherapy community mental health center for the LGBTQIA community in New York City, which began in 1971. After completing her training at the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, where she is now a fellow, she became the clinical director of Identity House for many years and still does supervising and training there. In addition to becoming president of NYIGT twice, she teaches, supervises, writes, and publishes on the theory and practice of Gestalt therapy. Her current interest is how the fluidity of gender and sexuality today is moving to change the discourse of society around these topics.

One-Power and Two-Power Therapy – Presenter: Peter Philippson @ Zoom
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
One-Power and Two-Power Therapy - Presenter: Peter Philippson @ Zoom

Zoom link to be announced.

Presenter: Peter Philippson (U.K.)

In a one-power family (according to Bob Resnick), only one person can have power at any one time: Either there is one person who always holds the power, or the power moves between the family members in different situations, but still is never shared. In a two-power family, everybody can be powerful, and there is more liveliness, creativity, and energy, and also more overt conflict.

Having been sensitized to this idea, it became clear that a very high proportion of the difficulties brought by my clients came out of an early family pattern of one-power relationships, which they then took into their later relationships with partners, children, friends, and work relationships.

And yet, most approaches to counseling and psychotherapy are based on one-power relationships between therapist and client! This workshop discusses what it means to engage in two-power psychotherapy.


Peter Philippson, M.Sc. (Gestalt Psychotherapy), is a UKCP Registered Gestalt psychotherapist and trainer, a Teaching and Supervising Member of the Gestalt Psychotherapy & Training Institute UK, a founder member of Manchester Gestalt Centre, Full Member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, Senior Trainer for GITA (Slovenia), faculty member, IpsiG (Turin), advisory board member, Center for Somatic Studies, founder member of IG-FEST and a guest trainer for many training programmes internationally.  He has been working as a psychotherapist for 33 years.  He is Past President of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy.  Peter is the author of ‘Self in Relation’, pub. Gestalt Journal Press, ‘The Emergent Self’ pub. Karnac/UKCP and ‘Gestalt Therapy: Roots and Branches’ pub. Karnac, and many other chapters and articles.  He is a teacher (4th dan) and student of traditional Aikido.

People Plan and God Laughs – Presenters: Susan Gregory & Adam Weitz @ Zoom
Mar 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Zoom link to be announced.

Presenters: Susan Gregory & Adam Weitz

Susan GregoryAdam Weitz

The idea is to explore the many ways we, our communities, and our clients are ongoingly having to change in the face of both the pandemic and the movements for justice and their pushbacks.

We will emphasize classic Gestalt therapy theory, including figure/ground, creative adjustment, aware interruptions in contacting, and more. We hope, too, to draw from trauma amelioration therapies and social psychology.


Susan Gregory has been a Gestalt therapist and life coach in private practice for almost 30 years and has taught aspects of Gestalt therapy theory and practice throughout the world as both guest faculty and workshop presenter at conferences. In addition, she teaches singing and the Gindler approach to breath and body work. She has written four book chapters on the nexus of Gestalt therapy and breath and body work as well as more than 20 articles that treat various aspects of Gestalt therapy/voice/breath. Susan is a past president of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy.

Adam Weitz, LCSW, is a New York State–licensed psychotherapist and a graduate of the NYU Silver School of Social Work. He is a past president of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy.

Adam works in private practice in New York City. He previously served as a staff therapist at the Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center. At Blanton-Peale, he had the opportunity to work with a broad spectrum of people and issues. He carries this experience into his ongoing work as a therapist.

Adam is a full member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy (NYIGT); a member of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT); a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW); and a member of Identity House, a nonprofit peer counseling organization serving the needs of LGBTQ people.

Adam creates workshops that reflect the current social field. These have included You, Me and Our Cell Phones, Looming Figures on Shaky Ground: This Era’s Authoritarianism in Our Lives and Practice, and now Looking Up and Looking Down: Ranking and Privileging at the Contact Boundary. All aim to heighten awareness and support experimentation for ourselves as we live in the world.

Space and the Embodied Field – Presenter: Perry Gunther @ Zoom
Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Space and the Embodied Field - Presenter: Perry Gunther @ Zoom

Presenter: Perry Gunther

A simple definition of space is that it is an empty distance between things. In a sense, space itself does not exist. But when space is embodied, it is more than an emptiness. In therapy, it might describe what goes on in the space between the therapist and patient. In art, paintings are not only about what things look like, they are also about the embodied space that brings life to the paintings. This presentation is an inquiry about embodied space in art and its relationship to embodied space in therapy. It is particularly timely now that we are conducting therapy online. What kind of space are we engaged in electronically? This presentation includes a slide demonstration as well as didactic experiments with space. 


This is Perry Gunther’s second presentation at NYIGT. His first one was entitled Meeting Art at the Contact Boundary.

Perry began his career as an artist studying with noted artists of the New York School, including Ad Reinhardt and Tony Smith. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree under the tutelage of William Rubin, then the head curator at MoMA. After he submitted a paper on the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright on the De Stijl movement in Holland, Rubin suggested that he pursue a career as an art historian. Instead, Perry chose to continue as a practicing artist, as a denizen of the SoHo renaissance in Lower Manhattan, subsequently becoming a professor of sculpture at Cleveland State University, Hunter College, and Brooklyn College. His works have been exhibited at OK Harris Gallery and Max Hutchinson Gallery in New York City, and are in numerous collections, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Brooklyn Museum. In 1988, Perry installed a site-specific artwork inside the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland. He pursued a career in Gestalt therapy when he came to understand that the greatest gift an artist can be given is a sense of self-esteem. Perry received his training at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy.

Sexuality and Aggression: The Figure/Background Relationship Between Pain and Pleasure – Presenter: Mariano Pizzimenti @ Zoom
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sexuality and Aggression: The Figure/Background Relationship Between Pain and Pleasure - Presenter: Mariano Pizzimenti @ Zoom

Presenter: Mariano Pizzimenti (Italy)

A new orientation for couples therapy, working with sexual disorder, and other contexts where confrontation is important but dangerous and difficult.

With “sexual aggressiveness,” we define the experience in which aggression and sexuality can be combined with each other in a figure/ground relationship, which is not polarizing nor based on antithesis. It is the situation in which love and destruction, as well as hunger and sexuality, can simultaneously coexist. 

Sexual aggression is an evolutionary behavior and concept, which comes from experiencing that I can attack and destroy resting on a background of love, desire, and creativity. I can desire, love, and create while maintaining the ability to attack and eventually destroy what I do not need and/or damages me in the relationship with another person. Aggression and sexuality come together in a figure/ground relationship, in which one can stay in the foreground while the other feeds and limits it from the background.

After a short introduction, we will experience how to nourish the background with care, pleasure, erotism, and intimacy, while in the foreground, there will be aggressivity, clarity, and even separation. In accordance with the interest of the participants, we will experience this special kind of figure/background relationship in a couples session and/or group session, entering also in the field of sexual disorder.

The different experiments will be influenced by the group, and I hope that in the context of NYIGT, we will be able to build new experiences.


Mariano Pizzimenti is a psychologist and psychotherapist, and the founder and director of the Gestalt School of Turin. He was trained in Gestalt therapy by Isha Larry Bloomberg and Robert Hall. He began his activity as a therapist in 1981 and has since practiced and taught Gestalt therapy in Italy, Germany, Scotland, and Ireland. Mariano is also the past president of FISIG (Federazione Italiana Scuole e Istituti di Gestalt). In addition, he is the author of the book Aggression and Sexuality: The Figure/Background Relationship Between Pleasure and Pain.

The Loving Gaze – Novelty, Excitement, and Growth: A Relational and Existential Phenomenological Perspective – Presenter: Yaqui Andrés Martínez Robles @ Zoom
May 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Loving Gaze – Novelty, Excitement, and Growth: A Relational and Existential Phenomenological Perspective - Presenter: Yaqui Andrés Martínez Robles @ Zoom

Presenter: Yaqui Andrés Martínez Robles (Mexico)

When we reflect on the theme of love, we commonly refer to the various erotic-affective phenomena that arise in a couple’s relationship, or we think of love only as an emotional experience. In The Loving Gaze, we will reflect and share from a phenomenological-existential and relational proposal about love as an experience that goes beyond emotions and that transcends a couple’s relationship, to speak of it as a way of being-with-the-other, a posture that can enrich the Gestalt therapeutic relationship. We will try to reflect from our personal experience, as Plato suggests in the dialogue in his Symposium.


My name is Yaqui Andrés Martínez Robles Ph.D. I live in Mexico City with my wife and our two cats. In my therapeutic practice, my work style is a mixture of a Gestalt relational approach and the existential-phenomenological model.

I’m a clinical psychologist, with an M.A. and a Ph.D. in humanistic psychotherapy and a major in Gestalt therapy.

I have also completed doctoral studies in philosophy with a major in psychotherapy.

I’ve been a teacher for more than 20 years at the Instituto Humanista de Psicoterapia Gestalt (Humanistic Institute for Gestalt Psychotherapy) in Mexico.

I founded the Círculo de Estudios en Terapia Existencial (Circle of Studies on Existential Therapy) in Mexico, 18 years ago, where I coordinate a master’s degree in existential therapy.

I’ve been a teacher at several universities and institutes in Mexico and other countries.

Nowadays, I’m studying electric guitar and enjoy listening to music very much.