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Gestalt Review

Gestalt Review, launched in 1997, provides a forum for theory and practice exchanges throughout the world. The international editorial board concentrates on the Gestalt approach at all system levels ranging from the individual, couples, families and groups, to organizations and the community at large. The journal also publishes original papers dealing with politics, philosophy, gender, and culture. Gestalt Review is peer-reviewed and published three times a year.

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Forthcoming Articles


From Sentience to Sapience: The Awareness- Consciousness Continuum and the Lifeworld

Dan Bloom, JD, LCSW


"Getting It" and Transforming the Self: Werner Erhard as Unlikely Heir to Fritz Perlrs

Michael Fisher, PhD

Collaborative Inquiry as Research: An Exploration of Embodied Gestalt Group Supervision

Billy Desmond, MSc, MBA

Play Becomes Real for Adults: Measuring Effectiveness of Expressive Arts Media Using the Oaklander Approach

Peter Mortola, PhD



Forthcoming Clusters



Gestalt Therapy and the Other

Cluster Coordinator: Dan Bloom, JD LCSW (Introduction)


Gestalt Groups in the Foreground (dedicated to the Memory of Bud Feder, PhD [1930-2018])



Forthcoming Book Reviews (not in order of appearance)



New Directions in Gestalt Group Therapy: Relational Ground, Authentic Self, with an introduction by Erving Polster (Peter H. Cole and Daisy Reese)

by Charles Bowman, MS, LCSW; and John Frew, PhD


Intimacy: Transformation through Love, Sex, and Neurobiology (Stella Resnick)

by Billy Desmond, MSc, MBA


The Evolution of the Cape Cod Model: Gestalt Conversations, Theory, and Practice (Joseph Melnick and Sonia March Nevis)

by E. Rachel Hochman, MS


Gestalt Psychotherapy and Coaching for Relationships (Philip Brownell)

by by E. Rachel Hochman, MS, and Ellen Terie, MS


Relational Organizational Gestalt: An Emergent Approach to Organizational Development (Marie-Anne Chidiac)

by Jamie Morin, PhD


Buddhist Psychology and Gestalt Therapy Integrated: Psychotherapy for the Twenty-first Century (Eva Gold and Stephen Zahm)

by Susan Roos, PhD, LCSW







Susan L. Fischer, Ph.D.Susan L. Fischer, PhD, is editor of Gestalt Review, professor emerita of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania), and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. She is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland’s Intensive Postgraduate Program in Gestalt Methods; and, more recently, she completed both the Cape Cod Training Program for Change and Advanced Training in the Cape Cod Model at the Gestalt International Study Center, where she is a Professional Associate. She offers writers’ workshops, coaches individuals in writing for publication, translates articles on Gestalt topics from Spanish to English, and has worked as a simultaneous interpreter with the Spanish language at Gestalt conferences (e.g., Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy in Puebla, Mexico in 2012 and in Monterey, California in 2014). Fluent in both Spanish and French, she divides her time between Brookline (Boston) and Tours, France. Learn More

Founding Editor:

Joseph Melnick, PhDJoseph Melnick, PhD, is a clinical and organizational psychologistwho livesinPortland, ME, where he maintains a private practice.  Hehas a passion for training and teaching worldwide, and is co-chair of the Gestalt International Study Center's Cape Cod Training Program, where he teaches in both the clinical and organizational areas.  He has written extensively; most recently having co-edited with Edwin Nevis: Mending The World: Social Healing Interventions by Gestalt Practitioners Worldwide. He, along with Sonia March Nevis is currently completing Helping People Change: The Cape Cod Model. Learn More

Associate Editors:

Liv Estrup, MA

Nancy Amendt-Lyon, Dr .phil., is trained in Gestalttherapy and group psychoanalysis. She works in English as well as in German in Vienna with adults either individually, as couples, or in groups. She draws on many years of experience in training Gestalt therapists, group psychoanalysts, and supervisors in Austria and abroad. Her publications include numerous articles and book chapters in both of her working languages on topics relating to Gestalt therapy, gender, and issues of sociopolitical relevance. She has edited Timeless Experience: Laura Perls’s Unpublished Notebooks and Literary Texts 1946-1985 (2016), which was published in Spanish and German in 2017. She co-edited, with Margherita Spanguolo Lobb, Creative License: The Art of Gestalt Therapy (2003), which was later published in German, French, and Italian. Her novel, Case Unclosable (2013), was published in German in 2015.



Dan Bloom, JD, LCSWDan Bloom, JD, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City and also trains and supervises Gestalt therapists.  He is past president and fellow of New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, where he teaches, and past president of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy. He was editor of the journal, Studies in Gestalt Therapy: Dialogical Bridges, and he co-edited the book, Continuity and Change: Gestalt Therapy Now. He is adjunct faculty at The Gestalt Associates of New York, The Center for Somatic Studies (New York), and the Istituto Di Gestalt HCC (Syracuse, Italy); and international faculty at Gestalttherapysydney (Sydney, Australia).  

Liv Estrup, MALiv Estrup, MA, has been in private practice in Santa Monica, California since 1971.  She is a faculty member of Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles and Co-authored "Supervision:  A Collaborative Endeavor" with Rita Resnick, Ph.D. Liv's passion for photography and special interest in Gestalt theory, training, and supervision led to the creations of What's Behind the Empty Chair? a video of Gestalt theory and methodology. 

John Frew PhD ABPPJon Frew, PhD, ABPP, is a professor at Pacific University's School of Professional Psychology in Portland, Oregon. He is one of the directors and founders of Gestalt Therapy Training Center Northwest. He maintains a private practice and offers consultation and training services to organizations. He has been a member of the editorial board of the Gestalt Review since its inception in 1997.

Elinor Greenberg, PhD, CGP, is an internationally renowned Gestalt therapy trainer who specializes in teaching the diagnosis and treatment of Borderline, Narcissistic, and Schizoid adaptations, having authored numerous papers on these subjects. She is a full member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, adjunct faculty to the Gestalt Center (NYC), and an Associate Editor of Gestalt Review. She is also a former faculty member of The Masterson Institute, a postgraduate training program that specializes in personality disorders. Her hobby is prepsychoanalytic systems of personal growth, such as esoteric tarot and Kabbalah.

Rick Maurer MARick Maurer, MA, is an Organization & Systems Development faculty at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. He is a consultant to organizations on change management and author of Beyond the Wall of Resistance.

Susan Roos, PhDSusan Roos, PhD, is in private practice as a psychotherapist in Arlington, Texas, serves as adjunct faculty at Union Institute and University (UIU ), and is President of The Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology for 2006-2007. She has authored Chronic Sorrow: A Living Loss (Brunner-Routledge, 2002), as well as journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews.

Gary Yontef  PhD ABPPGary Yontef, PhD, ABPP has been a Gestalt therapist since training with Frederick Perls and James Simkin in 1965. Formerly on the UCLA Psychology Department Faculty and Chairman of the Professional Conduct Committee of the L.A. County Psychological Association, he is in private practice in Santa Monica. He is a co-founder of the Pacific Gestalt Institute, past president and faculty chair of GTILA, and has published numerous articles and chapters on Gestalt therapy theory, practice, and supervision and is the author of Awareness, Dialogue and Process: Essays on Gestalt Therapy.


Editor: Susan L. Fischer, PhD
Founding Editor: Joseph Melnick, PhD

Associate Editors:

Editorial Advisory Board:

Jack Aylward, EdD, US
Peter Cole, LCSW, US
Sylvia Fleming Crocker, PhD, US
Billy Desmond, MSc, MBA, UK
Sarah Fallon, SRAsT(D), Dip GPTI, UK
Iris Fodor, PhD, US
Gianna Francesetti, MD, Italy
Ruella Frank, PhD, US
Sean Gaffney, PhD, Ireland/Sweden
Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, Canada
Gaie Houston, MA, England
Francisco Huneeus, MD, Chile
Lynne Jacobs, PhD, US
Isabelle Le Peuch, PhD, France
Talia Levine Bar-Yoseph, MA, Israel
Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, PhD, Italy
Jochen Lohmeier, PhD, South Africa
Mark McConville, PhD, US
Peter Mortola, PhD, US
Violet Oaklander, PhD,US
Eleanor O'Leary, PhD, Ireland
Brian O'Neill, BA, MAPS, Australia
Malcolm Parlett, PhD, England
Susan E. Partridge PhD, US
Erving Polster, PhD, US
Robert Resnick, PhD, US
Jan Roubal, MD, Czech Republic
Frank Rubenfeld, PhD, US
Stuart N. Simon, LICSW, US
Herb Stevenson, MA, USA
Sarah Toman, PhD, US
Daan Van Baalen, MD, Norway
Carmen Vazquez Bandin, PhD, Spain
Gordon Wheeler, PhD, US
Ansel Woldt, EdD, US



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