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The Basics of Psychopathology - A Gestalt Therapy Approach, Helsinki

The Basics of Psychopathology- A Gestalt Therapy Approach - Training for professional Gestalt therapists

Helsinki, Finland

June - December 2018

As Gestalt therapists, how can we approach psychopathology and diagnosis?

How does our theory open new horizons on human suffering and contemporary disturbances?

How is the understanding of clinical issues enhanced by our radical contact-boundary perspective?

In 2018, the Finnish Gestalt Association will arrange training in the basics of psychopathology in Helsinki. The workshops offer the possibility to discuss and learn about major clinical issues and to find new understanding of the suffering that characterises modern societies. This approach to psychopathology and diagnosis connects clinical practice to wider social phenomena.

The training, which consists of three weekend-long workshops over a period of eight months, will take place in Helsinki. It will be run in English by seasoned trainers from France and Italy. We welcome professional Gestalt therapists in Finland and other countries to participate in this series of interesting workshops!

The Finnish Gestalt Association is delighted about the opportunity to introduce the approach and work conducted by Gianni Francesetti and Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, both international trainers from the Istituto di Gestalt HCC, and Jean-Marie Robine, a renowned Gestalt therapist and trainer from France. The Italian training institute is today widely recognized for further developing the principles of Gestalt therapy especially in terms of the ongoing dialogue with the demands of contemporary society. Jean-Marie Robine who contributes to training programmes in a number of countries was the director of Institut Français de Gestalt-thérapie from 1980 to 2007. All trainers are actively contributing to the development of Gestalt therapy, and are authors of many articles and books.

The schedule of the psychopathology workshops


Friday 1 to 3 June 2018: 

Introduction to the training & Absence is a bridge between us. Gestalt therapy with depressive experiences. 

The introduction to the training will be given by psychiatrist and Gestalt therapist Gianni Francesetti, who will lead the first workshop. According to the WHO, depression is currently the fourth most urgent global health problem. Therapists need to find orientation as to what risks, resources, tools or therapeutic position, for example, they have to be able to consider when working with depressive experiences. Apart from theoretical frames, practical experiences will be explored and discussed from a Gestalt therapy perspective. The goal is to provide practical skills to improve the competences of psychotherapists working with this common form of suffering. 



7 to 9 September 2018:

Anxiety and Shame

The second workshop will be led by French psychologist and psychotherapist Jean-Marie Robine. In the first part of the workshop we will look at how anxiety interrupts or disturbs the gestalt sequence and allows specific disturbing modalities of contact to “enter the dance” in a specific moment. Jean-Marie Robine has researched and written extensively on shame. He is especially interested in how the therapeutic situation activates or creates shame in the client: “It is the gaze of the other which produces the shame”. In the second part of this both theoretical and experiential workshop shame will also be connected with the Gestalt therapy approach to field perspective and a Gestalt therapy theory of affects and emotions. 



6 to 8 December 2018:

Narcissistic and borderline experiences: advancements in Gestalt therapy

The third workshop will be led by psychologist and psychotherapist Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb who is the founder and current director of Istituto di Gestalt HCC. She invites us to look at relational disturbances which emerge from social change. Clinical evidence is today on depressive disturbances, or narcissistic and borderline experiences, gender identity, anxiety disturbances and body desensitization. In this seminar narcissistic and borderline experiences will be approached, and the traumatic basic experiences in these personality disorders will be described and seen in clinical examples. 



A maximum of 25 participants will be accepted for this training. Previous training in gestalt therapy and a minimum of clinical experience is required.

REGISTRATION:For further information, please contact Mia Mård ( or tel. +358-40-0435350).Mia Mård, Pellervontie 12 A 4, 00610 HELSINKI by 31 January 2018.

It should be noted that registration implies the participation in and payment for the three workshops.

For further information, please contact Mia Mård ( or tel. +358-40-0435350).

ACCOMMODATION: The organiser will provide information about non-expensive hotels in Helsinki on request.

PAYMENT: The cost of training is EUR 1200. The registration implies the participation and payment of all three workshops. A deposit of 300 euros is required to secure a place, to be paid by 31 January 2018.

The schedule of payments is in three parts, as follows: on registration EUR 300 by 31 January 2018; EUR 450 by 30 April 2018 and EUR 450 by 30 September 2018. To be paid on the account of the Finnish Gestalt Therapy Association FI55 2142 1800 0217 12.