In the year 2014, Dr Lidija Pecotić, director of EAPTI-GPTIM, was inspired to pass on knowledge, experience and the love of Gestalt Psychotherapy, beyond the boundaries of higher education institutions and individual centres. Through this, she developed the idea of organizing regular Gestalt Psychotherapy Congresses that would bring together international and interdisciplinary participation. In collaboration with her colleagues, in different Gestalt Psychotherapy Centres, including: Serbia, Macedonia, Malta, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Germany, UK, and Italy such congresses became a reality with over 500 persons, from all over the world, attending and participating in each one.


The aim of these Congresses is to present the content and process of participants’ responses to a selected Congress theme, usually derived from previous Congress’, and to open a discussion platform, to research and discover new ways of responding to the challenges that contemporary society never cease to put in front of Gestalt Psychotherapy and psychotherapy in General.


Through the Congress experiences, we intend to enhance the ways phenomena related to psychotherapy, in contemporary society, are observed and approached, to inspire participants in further personal and professional growth, and to further develop our community of professionals, sharing common programs of education, in the process of becoming Gestalt Psychotherapists and in their journey as psychotherapy practitioners.

For this reason, the congress adds further to the experiential learning process of all students undergoing training programmes with EAPTI-GPTIM and EGN, and is offered as an additional mode of teaching. It enriches students, by giving them the opportunity to meet other members of the ever-growing gestalt psychotherapy community – students, teachers, lecturers, speakers, pioneers in the field of psychotherapy – coming from different teaching institutions and countries as well as from related fields of knowledge.


The Congresses usually consist of keynote lectures, lectures for smaller number of participants and workshops. These are all led by distinguished international lecturers and participants from different scientific and socio-cultural fields.


The Congresses are also significant because they celebrate individuals who have contributed significantly to the field of psychotherapy. As from the second Congress organized, a tradition began, in which two significant awards were given, as plaques, for the most successful achievements in the field of psychotherapy:

  • The award “Josip Berger” is awarded for the most successful achievements in the field of education of psychotherapists.

  • The award “Ken Evans” is awarded for the most successful achievements in the field of development of the profession of psychotherapy.

The Congresses are organised with the generous ongoing commitment of Dr Lidija Pecotić in collaboration with the following various centres:

  • European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institute Malta – GPTIM, Higher Education Institution (NCFHE 2014-FHI-020);

  • European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institute – Studio za edukaciju Beograd, Serbia;

  • European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institute – Gestalt Institute Skopje, Macedonia;

  • Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute – Psiho-Integrum d.o.o. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina;

  • European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institute Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute – Psihika d.o.o. Zadar, Croatia;

  • Intronaut NGO Zagreb, Croatia;

  • Association of Gestalt Psychotherapy Montenegro.

EAPTI-GPTIM takes this opportunity to show its appreciation and to thank all persons involved in making this process a reality.

Next Conference

Conference: 8th – 13th February, 2020

“Contemporary debates in Gestalt Psychotherapy: Theory and Methodology”


8th and 9th February, 2020

Speaker: Jean Marie Robine, Ph.D.

Place: Cavalieri Hotel, St Julian’s

Time: From 10.00hrs to 17.30hrs

Price: €187.50

(15 training hours)

Some contemporary looks at a field perspective in gestalt-therapy
A clinical example: working with shame
A practical example: working with dreams
An ethical example: the use of self disclosure by the therapist
– Jean-Marie Robine

The field perspective has found, through Gestalt therapy, its consistent application in the therapeutic situation. It thus enriches the long tradition of intrapsychic approach and broadens therapeutic possibilities by offering a privileged place to contact work and relationship, factors now recognized as essential for change and development. Contemporary work on "the situation" can shed light on the concept of field, sometimes too abstract when it is not chosen, and gives the concept of "contact" its central place in the theory and practice of Gestalt therapy.

For better understanding the shift offered by gestalt therapy from an intrapsychic perspective to a field outlook, we can lean on some concrete illustrations:

  • A clinical example: working with shame, which will mark in an extremely pronounced way, the oscillations between the two perspectives

  • A practical example: working with dreams in the client-therapist contact which, by completing the classical Perlsian approach, opens the way to the updating of the contact processes in a committed therapeutic relationship.

  • An ethical example: the use of self-disclosure by the therapist


This workshop will provide an opportunity to put theory into practice as well as to theorize from practice and lived experience.


This conference is fully booked. ​For more details please e-mail

10th and 11th February, 2020

Speaker: Michael Vincent Miller, Ph.D.

Place: Cavalieri Hotel, St Julian’s

Time: From 12.00hrs to 20.00hrs

Price: €187.50

(15 training hours)

Attention, Intentionality and the Passing of Time in Gestalt Therapy

In its radical break with psychoanalysis nearly 70 years ago, Gestalt therapy turned conceptual nouns into verbs, entities into processes, and behavioral determinism or compulsion into possibilities of freedom to shapes one’s experience. In these ways, the practice of Gestalt therapy and its theoretical basis made an understanding of subjective temporality available to psychotherapy for the first time, a theme already central in contemporary philosophy, particularly in the phenomenology of Husserl and Heidegger.
This was an important development for psychotherapy, which till then had no theory that accounted in any full way how emotional life, relationships, and pathology unfold in time. Nevertheless Gestalt therapy is still a work in progress. Its theoretical view of subjective time in human experience has appeared mostly in hints and glimpses. I will argue that from its beginnings Gestalt therapy has overemphasized awareness as a primary epistemological tool for constructing theory, even though in practice it can work well to help bring patients into the present moment. Awareness limits us to a relatively static and passive relationship to the present moment. Broadening the focus from awareness to a therapeutic conception of attention means working with a more active, intentional, and directed creative force for making contact and building relationships. These qualities of attention provide a basis for a deeper understanding in psychotherapy how human nature experiences and expresses itself in its changing meetings with the world through the medium of time passing. Along the way we will explore attention and temporality in human development, symptom formation, neurotic character, and other related matters.

This conference is fully booked. ​For more details please e-mail


12th and 13th February, 2020

Speaker: Dan Bloom, JD, LCSW.

Place: Cavalieri Hotel, St Julian’s

Time: From 12.00hrs to 20.00hrs

Price: €187.50

(15 training hours)

Enticed to the edges of contacting: Lebenswelt, the other and the relational fields of space and time

Contacting is the cornerstone of gestalt therapy. This lecture and workshop take a closer look at this process and challenge concepts such as the organism/environment field, the contact-boundary, contacting, dialogue, and otherness in terms of a new clinical phenomenology of gestalt therapy. It will present the world of lived experience (Lebenswelt), the relational fields of space and time, the aesthetic or sensed and sensible forms of contacting the present, as well as the varieties of otherness. Gestalt therapy will be seen as implicitly relational, ethical and more deeply, as having a dimension of interpersonal responsivity – all of which can reconfigure our clinical perspective and orientation to the broader socio-political world.

Bloom, D. (2003). “ Tiger! Tiger! Burning Bright”-Aesthetic Values as Clinical Values in Gestalt Therapy. Creative License: The Art of Gestalt Therapy, 63.

----- (2016). “The Relational Function of Self: Self function in in the most human plane.” In J.-M. Jean-Marie Robine (Ed.), Self, A polyphony of Contemporary Gestalt therapists. St Romaine de Virvée, France: L’Exprimerie.

----- (2019) From Sentience to Sapience: The Awareness - Consciousness Continuum and the Lifeworld. Gestalt Review 23 (1)18-43


Buber, M. (1947). Between man and man (RG Smith, Trans.). London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner.


Francesetti, G. (2015). “Pain and beauty: From psychopathology to the aesthetics of contact". British Gestalt Journal, 21(2), 4–18.

----- From individual symptoms to psychopathological fields. Towards a field perspective on clinical human suffering. (2015). British Gestalt Journal, 24(1), 5–19.


Heidegger, M. (1962). Being and time (J. Macquarrie & E. Robinson, trans.). New York: Harper & Row.


Husserl, E. (1970). The Crisis of the European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.

----- (2014). Ideas for a Pure Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy, First Book (D. O. Dahlstrom, Trans.). Indianapolis, IN.: Hackett Publishing Company.


Levinas, E. (1969). Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press.

----- (1981). Otherwise than Being or Beyond Essence. The Hague: Marinus Nijhoff.


Perls, F., Hefferline, R., Hefferline, R., & Goodman, P. (1951). Gestalt therapy: Excitement and growth in the human personality. Julian Press.


Robine, J.-M. (2011). On the Occasion of the Other. Gouldsboro, Me.: Gestalt Journal Press.


Spagnuolo Lobb, M (2018) “Aesthetic Relational Knowledge of the Field: A Revised Concept of Awareness in Gestalt Therapy and Contemporary Psychiatry.” Gestalt Review 22, no. 1: 50–68


Waldenfels, B. (2011). Phenomenology of the alien: Basic concepts. Evanston, Ill: Northwestern University Press.

This conference is fully booked. ​For more details please e-mail

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Past Congresses

On Becoming a Psychotherapist – Exploring the Authenticity, Creativity, Competence and Responsibility of the Profession

The Third International Interdisciplinary Gestalt Congress "ON BECOMIG A PSYCHOTHERAPIST - Exploring the Authenticity, Creativity, Competence and Responsibility of the Profession was held, from 12-15 September in Skopje, Macedonia.

The Congress was organized by Gestalt Institute Skopje and EAPTI- GPTIM network, and it was held in in Home of the ARM in Skopje. During these 4 days, we had the opportunity to be hosts for 380 participants from 13 countries from Europe (Macedonia, Malta, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Greece, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Italy, Turkey, Germany and Switzerland).

The subject of the Congress gave us an opportunity to see different ways of developing professional skills and standards, through having the lectures of our 18 keynote speakers, 36 oral presentations, 33 poster presentations, and 23 workshops.

As key note speaker we had the honor to have Charles Cassar, the president of the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP), with his important lecture on the practical value of psychotherapy is an instigator of social and political change "The politic of psychotherapy. Then we had our professor, member of the national academy MANU, academician Nada Pop Jordanova, with the lecture on important knowledge in neuroscience which must be applied and used in the process of psycho therapeutic specialization "Where psychotherapy meets neuroscience". Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja neuropsychiatrist and psychotherapist from Croatia, and Mira Klarin professor of Developmental Psychology also from Croatia, through lecture and workshops brought us important knowledge on "Importance and difficulties in psychotherapeutic work with children and adolescents" and "What the gestalt therapist should know about the principals of developmental growth seen through the life span paradigm".

From Malta we had the the honor to have the Director and Founder of GPTIM, Lidija Pecotic, with a lecture on the academic collaboration between the Higher Education Institution European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institute in Malta and its partner Gestalt Institutes around Europe, titled “Creating a Gestalt Psychotherapist Through Dialogical Experiential Learning and Friendship”. We had as a lecturer Sandro Spiteri member of the Quality Assurance Committee of EAPTI-GPT, who spoke to us about "The impact of Networked Quality Assurance on psychotherapy training". We also had the opportunity to have a lecture and a workshop from Joyce Sciberras on the congruence and authenticity with which we develop the therapeutic relationship "Mirror, mirror". Rene Cammilleri spoke to us about "The Myth of the Wounded Healer. The Shape of a Psychotherapist."

From Turkey we hosted Ceylan Das with an lecture and a workshop " On Becoming A Psychotherapis", from Bulgaria Elena Ilieva " On gaining new territory for gestalt", from Greece Kostantinidou Antonia, who spoke to us about "Being a Psychotherapist: the Asymmetrical Responsibility of our Presence”. From Germany we were delighted to have three workshops and a lecture from Bertram Mueller, who worked with us on "How to transform the chains of the human being: the feeling of anxiety, guilt and shame into resource for an authentic life", "How to transform feeling of anxiety, guilt and shame into resource for an authentic life", "The Pendulum Method to support one´s process of becoming". From Italy we were honored to have Giovanni Salonia, with the lecture and a workshop on his work with family systems in gestalt therapy "The chair dance and the pronoun dance" and "The moon is made of cheese – Gestalt Therapy and borderline language”. From Switzerland we had Schulthess Peter with a lecture on "The importance of the person of the psychotherapist".  From Bosnia and Hercegovina we had an addressing from Sanela Selmanovic Podrug, from Croatia Margarita Mesic, and from Montenegro Valentina Relkovic.


And last but not least the director of the Congress and director of Gestalt Institute Skopje, professor dr. Emilija Stoimenova Canevska, dean of the International Balkan University faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Skopje, with a workshop and a lecture on "Exploring authenticity, creativity, competence and responsibility of the profession through supervision".

Deeply moved and satisfied with the realization of the Congress, we believe that these 4 days created the common ground for sustainable quality to unify and give birth to better comprehension, cooperation and collaboration.

Contemporaneity, Awareness, Ethics, Psychotherapy

The International and interdisciplinary congress Contemporaneity, Awareness, Ethics, Psychotherapy will take place in Zagreb, from 18th - 20th September 2015.

Human being and the processes of change – implications for Gestalt therapy and related disciplines

The Second International and Interdisciplinary Congress of Gestalt Therapy under the title “Human being and the processes of change – implications for Gestalt therapy and related disciplines”, will take place in Belgrade, from 15th to 18th September 2017. The opening ceremony will start on Friday 15th Sept at 7:30 p.m. Congress will take place at Kolarčev National University.

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