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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.

Gestalt Review - Current Issue - Vol. 18 - 2014
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Forthcoming Articles

Growing up with Paul Goodman: Reflections of his Daughter on his Life and Work
Susan E. Goodman, PhD Interview by
Beatrix Wimmer, MA, with Nancy Amendt Lyon, PhD, Stefan Blankertz, PhD,
& Andreas Weichselbraun, MD


Contacting Gender

Rae Johnson, PhD, RSW, RSMT


Developing Gestalt Case Conceptualization

Bruce Kenofer, PhD


Gestalt Approaches to Gender Identity Issues:
A Case Study of a Transgender Therapy Group in Oslo
Vikram Kolmannskog, LLM




Susan L. Fischer, Ph.D.Susan L. Fischer, PhD, is professor emerita of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania). She graduated from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland’s Intensive Post-Graduate Program in Gestalt Methods in 1982; and in 2011, she completed the Cape Cod Training Program at the Gestalt International Study Center, where she is a Professional Associate. She is editor of Gestalt Review, coaches individuals in writing for publication, translates articles on Gestalt topics from Spanish to English, and works as a simultaneous interpreter from Spanish to English and English to Spanish at Gestalt Therapy conferences (e.g., Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy in Puebla, Mexico, 2012). She has incorporated Gestalt perspectives into her teaching, as well as into some of her publications on seventeenth-century Spanish theatre. Fluent in French as well as Spanish, she divides her time between Brookline (Boston), Massachusetts 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:

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 Partridge, PhD, LCSWSusan Partridge, PhD, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and developmental psychologist with over thirty-five years’ experience working as a psychotherapist with children, families and adults. She maintains a private practice in Maine. Susan has worked as an applied researcher in the areas of child/ family development and social policy, and has worked in the early intervention/ infant mental health arena, conducting workshops and professional trainings. Serving on the editorial board of the Gestalt Review, she has written numerous book reviews for the journal. Susan is a member of the Next Generation program at GISC. 

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 Board:

Nancy Amendt-Lyon, PhD, Austria
Jack Aylward, EdD, US
Peter Cole, LCSW, US
Sylvia Fleming Crocker, PhD, US
Sarah Fallon, SRAsT(D), Dip GPTI, UK
Bud Feder, PhD, US
Iris Fodor, PhD, US
Ruella Frank, PhD, US
Isabel Fredericson, PhD, US
Sean Gaffney, MA, Ireland/Sweden
Marion Gillie, MA, MSc, United Kingdom
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
Mark McConville, PhD, US
Alan Meara, MGT, New Zealand
Peter Mortola, PhD, US

Sonia March Nevis,
Violet Oaklander, PhD,US
Eleanor O'Leary, PhD, Ireland
Brian O'Neill, BA, MAPS, Australia
Malcolm Parlett, PhD, England
Erving Polster, PhD,US
Robert Resnick, PhD, US
Jan Roubal, MD, Czech Republic
Frank Rubenfeld, PhD, US
Sarah Toman, PhD, US
Daan Van Baalen, MD, Norway
Carmen Vazquez Bandin, PhD, Spain
Gordon Wheeler, PhD, US
Ansel Woldt, EdD, US
Georges Wollants, LicPs PedSc, Belgium
Joseph Zinker, PhD, US



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