Jelena Zeleskov Doric, PhD
Psychologist and Gestalt Psychotherapist
(Australia)

Founder and Director

Jelena was born in Belgrade (Yugoslavia) and grew up during the Yugoslav wars in the Balkans. She has been practicing as a Gestalt therapist and psychologist for more than 17 years. She worked and lived in Belgrade as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, researcher and academic, before relocating to Australia. She is passionate about Gestalt principles of human existence, resilience, attachment, photography, design and contemporary psychopathology. She works in her private practice in Newtown (Sydney) and conducts therapy in English, Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian, Macedonian and Slovene languages. She also provides clinical supervision to counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists in training. She worked as an academic at Universities in Serbia and Australia and published articles, book chapters and presentations in the field of psychology and psychotherapy. She has a license to practice as a psychologist and psychotherapist in Europe, Australia and Singapore. The International Gestalt Dots Institute is founded as a place of meetings, contacts, art, photography, Gestalt theory, philosophy, and research worldwide.

Despina Sfakinos, PhD
Psychologist and International Certified Coach
(Australia)

Co-Founder and Director

Despina is a psychologist, coach and educator with a particular interest in well-being, human development and growth. She aims to help people excel both personally and professionally. Having provided therapy and coaching for thousands of people. She has many years experience working in both the public and private sectors, both nationally and internationally, including Europe, London and Tokyo. One key strength is her cross-cultural knowledge and awareness. Applying this strength to the business world has included coaching Asian based executives from companies such as Microsoft to assist in working through cultural barriers to performance. She is also a keen researcher. Her PhD was undertaken within the renowned Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Sydney in the areas of leadership, self-awareness, well-being and workplace performance. She co-founded International Gestalt Dots Institute with Jelena. The aim of the Institute is to create a place for people of similar interests to connect and collaborate, and to bring together a range of creative practices such as art, photography, design, Gestalt theory, Gestalt philosophy, psychotherapy, coaching and research.

​Madeleine Fogarty
Gestalt Psychotherapist
(Australia)

Faculty and Supervisor

Madeleine Fogarty lives (with her large and beautiful family) in Melbourne, Australia where she has been working as a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice for the past 20 years. A regular contributor to Psychotherapy and Gestalt journals and conferences, Madeleine is completing her Doctorate in Psychology at Swinburne University of Technology on the development and validation of the Gestalt Therapy Fidelity Scale (GTFS). Madeleine also runs supervision and training on the use of the GTFS for clinical practice, as well as ongoing supervision and therapy groups. Madeleine is the Research chair for GANZ, is on the psychotherapy leadership group for PACFA, on the committee for the International Gestalt Research Group, a member of the AAGT and is a scientific board member for the EAGT.

​Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, PhD
Psychologist and Gestalt Psychotherapist
(Italy)

International Faculty and Supervisor

Margherita is a licensed psychologist​, Gestalt​​ psychotherapist​. She has been a Gestalt Therapy trainer since 1979. ​Founder and director of the Istituto di Gestalt HCC ​Italy ​(Siracusa, Palermo, Milan)​, accredited by Italian Minister for Universities and by EAGT​. Margherita leads Gestalt therapy workshops and training programs in more than 25​ countries​. She also ​directs international programs on Gestalt psychopathology and for supervisors. She cooperates with various research ​university ​groups. Her most recent book, The Now-for-Next in Psychotherapy, Gestalt Therapy Recounted in Post Modern Society (2013) is available in 8 languages. She is the main editor of the Gestalt Therapy Book Series (www.gestaltitaly.com and Routledge) and of the scientific Journal Quaderni di Gestalt (since 1985). She is Past President and Honorary Member of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT), Founder and Honorary President of the Italian Association for Gestalt Psychotherapy (SIPG), Past President of the Italian Federation of Recognized Gestalt Training Institutes (FISIG), of the Italian Federation of All Psychotherapy Methods (FIAP). She is a Full Member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy (NYIGT), of the Society of Psychotherapy Research (SPR), of the Society for Gestalt Theory and its Applications (GTA), of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT). She has receive​​d​ the Lifelong Achievement Award from the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT) (Toronto, Canada, August 2018).

Ioannis Michalou(di)s, PhD
Visual Artist
(Greece)

International Faculty and Supervisor

Dr. Ioannis Michalou(di)s is a visual artist researcher and academic, internationally acknowledged as a leading researcher in Art & Science, and the first to research the application of the nanomaterial silica aerogel in visual arts and design. His career began in Paris, at Sorbonne University, where he presented his thesis on Visual Arts in 1998 on the “Elastic Arts”. After receiving a Fulbright Award, in 2001 he undertook postdoctoral research on art and nanotechnology at MIT where he started his research on the application of silica aerogel in fine art projects. He had a solo exhibit in the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens and in 2007 he won the Golden Lighthouse in the 24th Biennale of Alexandria, Egypt. He is the author of copious journal papers and two book chapters and he has been invited to more than twenty international art and science exhibitions and conferences. A good reference for Michalou(di)s’ concept on art et resilience is the following chapter Paton D., Michaloudis I., et al. “Art and Disaster Resilience: Perspectives from the Visual and Performing Arts, in Paton D. and Johnston D.M. (Eds), Disaster Resilience: An integrated approach, (2nd Ed) chapter 12, pp. 212-235, Springfield Ill., USA, Charles C. Thomas Publ., ISBN:978-0-398-09169-9, (edition I and II). Dr. Michalou(di)s was coordinating the post-graduate program in Visual Arts at Charles Darwin University, Australia. He is an adjunct Professor at the International Space University in France  and a Research Associate at NCSR Demokritos in Greece. In 2018 he had exhibited at the MIT Museum for the retrospective exhibition “50 years CAVS”. In 2020 he had collaborated with Boucheron Paris for the creation of the first-ever high jewellery “Goutte de ciel”. An astonishing achievement of Dr. Michalou(di)s is that in June 2021, two of his silica aerogel artworks (see photos above) will be part of Carnegie Mellon’s University MoonArk project that they will be rocketed to the Moon and exist there for billions of years.

Dan Bloom
Gestalt Psychotherapist
(New York, USA)

International Faculty and Supervisor

Dan Bloom JD, L CSW ( www.danbloomnyc.com) is a psychotherapist and clinical trainer/supervisor with a private practice in New York City and online. He studied with Laura Perls, Isadore From and Richard
Kitzler at the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, where Dan served as president for four years. He is a fellow of the Institute. He is adjunct faculty at the Gestalt Associates of New York, the Gestalt Center of New York, the Center for Somatic Studies, international faculty at the Insituto Humanista de Psicotherapia Gestalt, Mexico City, Mexico, faculty at the Gestalt Training Institute of Malta and guest trainer at the Istituto di Gestalt HCC, Syracuse, Italy. Dan also presents workshops at international conferences and gestalt therapy residentials. He leads online seminars in the theory/practice of contemporary gestalt therapy and clinical phenomenology. He is a member of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy, past president and member of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy and member of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. He is an associate editor of the Gestalt Review, book review editor of Quaderni di Gestalt and a member of the Scientific Board of the Gestalt therapy Book Series published by FrancoAngeli. He co-edited Continuity and Change: Gestalt Therapy Now, and The NYIGT in the 21st Century, The Aesthetic of Otherness. Dan’s writings are widely published and have been translated into more than 7 languages.

Gianni Francesetti, MD
Psychiatrist and Gestalt Psychotherapist
(Italy)

International Faculty and Supervisor

Psychiatrist, Gestalt therapist, Adjunt Professor of Phenomenological and Existential Approach, Dep. of Psychology, University of Torino (Italy), international trainer and supervisor, Gianni 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). Among the books he has edited: Panic Attacks and Postmodernity (2007); Gestalt Therapy in Clinical Practice (2013); Absence is the Bridge between us, Gestalt Therapy Perspective on Depressive Experiences (2014); Psychopathology and Atmospheres (2019); Obsessive-Compulsive Experiences: a Gestalt Therapy Perspective (2019); Fundamentos de Psicopatologia Fenomenologico-Gestaltica: una Introduccion Ligera (2019). He is President of the IPsiG - International Institute for Gestalt Therapy and Psychopathology and of Poiesis - Gestalt Therapy 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), a 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). He lives and works in Torino (Italy).

Michela Gecele, MD
Psychiatrist and Gestalt Psychotherapist
(Italy)

International Faculty and Supervisor

Born in Turin, Psychiatrist and Gestalt Therapist, Trainer and Supervisor, Michela has published books, articles and chapters on themes of psychotherapy and psychopathology, exploring clinical suffering from a phenomenological and Gestalt therapy viewpoint. Another clinical and research topic is that of cultural and intercultural issues (risks, opportunities, trauma and post trauma, language, communication, connections between social and cultural context and forms of illness and care). She has worked for 27 years in public mental health services and she has coordinated, in Turin, a psychological and psychiatric service for immigrants. She is supervisor of public mental health services and of programs for immigrants. She is a member of the Human Rights & Social Responsibility (HR&SR) Committee of European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT). She is co-director of the IPsiG (International Institute for Gestalt Therapy and Psychopathology). She has also published fiction and educational books.

Michele Cannavo, MD, PhD
Psychiatrist and Gestalt Psychotherapist
(Italy)

International Faculty and Supervisor

Michele is a psychiatrist and a Gestalt psychotherapist. He obtained his PhD in Neurovegetative Medicine at University of Catania, Sicily. Michele lives and works in Sicily and is currently a Director of La Grazia di Caltagirone Psychiatric Community. Michele is an author of more than 50 publications in the psychiatric medical field, research and psychotherapy. He is passionate about Gestalt therapy, use of photography and phototherapy techniques when working with patients. After his medical training, Michele trained as a Gestalt therapist with Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy. In addition, Michele trained in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy at the Center for Somatic Studies New York, and Judy Weiser training about fundamentals of photolangauge in Perugia. He is a trainer and supervisor at Istituto di Gestalt H.C.C Italy.

Giovanna Silvestri, PhD
Clinical Psychologist and Gestalt Psychotherapist
(Italy)

International Faculty and Supervisor

Giovanna Silvestri is a clinical psychologist and Gestalt Therapist. She is both an individuals and couples psychotherapist and she has a private practice in Rome (Italy). She graduated at the University “La Sapienza” of Rome (Italy) with a Clinical Psychology degree and then she specialized as a therapist at the Gestalt Therapy Kairòs Institute (Rome, Italy). Afterwards she worked several years in the same Institute as a trainer. Because of her interests for post trauma psychopathology, Giovanna took a first level degree at the Sensorymotor Psychotherapy Institute (Broomfield, USA) a specific therapeutic approach set up and developed by Pat Odgen and her colleagues. She graduated with a two-year specialization in Phenomenological Approach to Psychopathology and Clinical Practice at Istituto Internazionale di Psicopatologia e Psicoterapia della Gestalt (Turin, Italy) and now she works here as a trainer. She carried out further LGBTQ studies attending courses and conferences about these issues. She works with all genders and sexual orientations and with FtoM and MtoF people. Giovanna is a member of EAGT (European Association Gestalt Therapy) and she received the European Certificate in Psychotherapy from EAP (European Association Psychotherapy). Giovanna is also a videomaker (her short movie “Now that Marlene” has won many awards in international Festivals) and director. She loves theatre and she trained with Giacomo Zito, Luciano Colavero and Danny Lemmo. She is currently directing her first musical theatre work “Wild Souls”. She is lucky aunt and she is a sucker for Baroque music.

Jan Roubal, MD, PhD
Psychiatrist and Gestalt Psychotherapist
(Czech Republic)

International Faculty and Supervisor

Jan Roubal, MD, PhD, is an associate professor at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, where he also works in the Center for Psychotherapy Research. He works as a psychotherapist and psychiatrist. He founded the Training in Psychotherapy Integration and the training Gestalt Studia in the Czech Republic, he also works as a psychotherapy trainer and supervisor internationally. He has co-edited three books "Current Psychotherapy”, "Gestalt Therapy in Clinical Practice. From Psychopathology to the Aesthetics of Contact” and "Towards a Research Tradition in Gestalt Therapy”.

Heather Anne Keyes
Gestalt Psychotherapist
(Mexico)

International Faculty and Supervisor

Heather Anne Keyes (born in Canada, immigrated to Mexico) is a Gestalt Psychotherapist and Founder/President of the Asociación Mexicana de Psicoterapia Gestalt Contemporánea (AMPG) through which she coordinates international professional development opportunities for the Gestalt community. She is an active member of AAGT, a guest lecturer and workshop presenter nationally and internationally on topics of humour and resilience, intercultural practice and grief work. She is also the co-founder of the "Humans of Gestalt" documentary research project, is a conference interpreter, and is the founder of opengestalt.org.

Heather is currently very excited about the possibilities of internet-facilitated gestalt training and practice for creating a more accessible and just way of working and learning.

Philip Brownell, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist and Gestalt Psychotherapist
(USA)

International Faculty and Supervisor

Philip Brownell, MDiv, PsyD is a clinical psychologist licensed in Idaho, USA, a trained Gestalt therapist, and a certified professional coach. He graduated from a doctoral program in clinical psychology at George Fox University which was accredited by the American Psychological Association, received a Master of Divinity from Western Seminary, and completed an accredited training program (ICF) in professional coaching through the school of business at Duquesne University. Phil has over fifty years of experience, whether that be in full time Christian ministry, residential treatment, outpatient psychotherapy, coaching, or organizational dynamics. He currently works as the sole psychologist for a Patient Centered Medical Home in Southern Idaho and is responsible for assessment and recommendations for integrated treatment. Dr. Brownell has written extensively about the theory and practice of gestalt therapy. He is the author of Gestalt Therapy: A Guide to Contemporary Practice and Christianity and Gestalt Therapy; The Presence of God in Human Relationships, with three other books also in print. He is a leader in the evolving gestalt research tradition and the editor of the Handbook for Theory, Research and Practice in Gestalt Therapy (1st and 2nd editions).  He is also co-editor of Professional Coaching: Principles and Practices.

​Julia Vorobiova 
Psychologist and Gestalt Psychotherapist
(Ukraine)

International Faculty and Supervisor

Psychologist, gestalt-therapist, supervisor, trainer of Interregional Institute of Gestalt-therapy and Art (MIGIS), Ukraine. She has worked as gestalt-therapist with clients and groups, and teaching Gestalt Therapy, for the last 10 years. She has also developed the Theory of Gestalt Therapy as an Art. 

Vadim Grechka
Psychologist, Sociologist and Gestalt Psychotherapist
(Ukraine)

International Faculty and Clinical Supervisor

Head of Interregional Institute of Gestalt-therapy and Art ( MIGIS),  Ukraine. He is a member of European Association of Gestalt Therapy (EAGT), Association of Russian-speaking gestalt institutes (ARGI), teacher and supervisor Moscow Institute of Gestalt Therapy and Consulting (MIGTIC), member of New York Institute of Gestalt Therapy (NYIGT) and member of Society for psychotherapy Research (SPR). He has conducted gestalt training and his own programs in different regions of Ukraine, Russia, and Sweden for over 20 years. Vadim is the author of ironically paradoxical gestalt therapy and Program “Gestalt Therapy like an Art”. He deals with the connections between poetry and gestalt therapy, developed a concept of dialogical space and the theory of Atmosphere in gestalt therapy. 

Slavoljub Milojevic, MD, MSc
Psychiatrist and Group Psychoanalyst
(Serbia)

International Faculty and Supervisor

Psychiatrist, Group Analytic therapist and Master in Medical Science (MSc) – Thesis title: Panic disorder with agoraphobia and specific features of the primary family relations patients, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade. He was Conductor of Practical Training Programme for students of School of Medicine (Institute of Mental Health- Belgrade and Military Medical Academy – Belgrade. He has clinical experience working in the fieod of many kinds of disorders (adolescents, adults – psychotic and neurotic disorders, PTSD (Posttraumatic disorder) as well as Mentally disabled children. He is Presidency member of Association of Psychoanalysts and Group Analysts Belgrade, member of Serbian Psychotherapists Union, EAP (European Association for Psychotherapy), EFPP (European Federation for Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy), EGATIN (European Group Analytic Training Institutions Network), GASi (Group Analytic Society international). Conductor of educational programs for medical staff. Author of several articles in the field of psychotherapy.

Nikola Cenic
Architect
(Russia-Serbia)

Architect, Interior designer, Founder of Design Studio 784, University of Nish, Nish (Serbia). He has worked on many international projects in the field of architecture and interiors in Serbia, Italy and Russia. He has been the chief architect and project manager on numerous projects. He made a special contribution in architectural design and work construction, as well as in the overall coordination of the project of architecture, structure and MEP system. In his career so far, he has tried to fully follow projects from the early stages of design, through planning works, execution, monitoring of works on the construction site, to the last stages of finalizing the interior and handing over the facilities to the Investor. Some of the projects that marked his work are: Residential complex in Tyumen (Russia) Year 2007-2008, Reconstruction of National Theatre in Belgrade (Serbia) Year 2011, Surgut  Opera house (Russia) Year 2008 - 2013, Five Star Hotel Hyatt Moscow (Russia) Year 2013-2015, Moscow Airport terminal Sheremetyevo (Russia) Year 2015- 2017, Moscow Luxury Residential complex Dynamo (Russia) Year 2017-2020. With Studio 784, he continues to work on interior design projects for family residential living in the country and abroad. Nikola is a great lover of sculpture, which he deals with in his free time, making pottery for interiors and producing decorative concrete slabs that are used for finishing wall decoration. Nikola is currently working on the book "How To Become a Designer?". He lives and works between Serbia and Russia.

Tanya Mitric
Architect
(Russia-Serbia)

Architect, Interior designer, Artist, Art Director of Design Studio 784, University of Belgrade, Belgrade (Serbia). She has worked on many international projects in the field of architecture and interior design in Serbia, Italy and Russia. She has been a team leader on numerous projects and a manager on giant projects “full fit out” works. She has worked for the Project Design companies, as well as for the General Contractors, so she has numerous realized projects. Some of the projects that marked her interior work are: Surgut Opera house (Russia) Year 2009-2010, Donetsk Business Center (Ukraine) Year 2010-2012, Luxury Tourist complex Yalta (Russia) Year 2012-2013, Five Star Hotel Hyatt Moscow (Russia) Year 2013-2017, Moscow Dynamo Stadium (Russia) Year 2017-2019. With Studio 784, she continues to work on interior design projects for family residential living in the country and abroad. In recent years, she has returned to focusing on interior design and believes painting and decoration is an indispensable link in every modern, contemporary interior. She has been studying the impact of interior design on humans. In addition to the exhibition at the Palimsest Gallery in Moscow in 2019, she is preparing an exhibition entitled "Psychotherapy Art" which is planning to be held in Serbia in early 2021. Tanya  is currently working on the book "How To Become a Designer?". She lives and works between Serbia and Russia.

Julianne Appel-Opper

Psychologist, Gestalt Psychotherapist
(Germany)

Psychologist, Integrative Gestalt Psychotherapist, International Trainer/Supervisor has worked over 30 years, for 9 years in the UK and is now in private practice in Berlin. She has developed Relational Living Body Psychotherapy which she has taught, presented internationally and written about in 27 publications, both in English and German, including the USA Body Psychotherapy Journal, the Confer program Embodied Approaches to Psychotherapy,  www.confer.uk.com, the International Journal of Body Psychotherapy,  www.ibpj.org.  Situated within an Integrative Gestalt and Relational Psychoanalytic frame, Julianne introduces embodied interventions and experiments as new ways to open up embodied communications in the therapeutic space. Her Berlin-based/online training programs offer a combination of theoretical input and experiential processes.  She is an Editorial Board Member of the European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy. She is an accredited member of the Berlin Chamber for Psychotherapy, East German Chamber for Psychotherapy, IAAGT, International Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, IARPP, International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, a friend of GPTI, Gestalt Psychotherapy and Training Institute. Diploma-Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Registered Psychological Psychodynamical Psychotherapist in Germany, Registered Integrative Gestalt Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, Supervisor, University of Birmingham, U.K.
Her website is: www.thelivingbody.net

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