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V International Interdisciplinary Congress of Gestalt Psychotherapy


21-24 September, 2023 – St Julian's, Malta


Fields and Strategies of Application

Moving Edges of Psychotherapy

Fields and strategies of application

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Keynote Speakers

Sandro Spiteri

Dr Sandro Spiteri is a member of the Quality Assurance Committee of EAPTI-GPTIM. He has presented, published and/or consulted in Malta and internationally on family literacy, the teaching of writing, parental leadership, educational policy and quality assurance. He developed Malta’s national quality assurance systems for both compulsory as well as further and higher education, and authored its National Quality Assurance Framework for the latter. He is now Senior Executive for quality matters at the University of Malta, where he also lectures on governance, program evaluation, quality assurance and educational policy. Sandro regularly leads external quality audits in further and higher education.

Joyce Sciberras

Joyce Sciberras is a Gestalt psychotherapist presently working in private practice, as well as a supervisor and teacher at the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute Malta. She trained as a social worker at the University of Malta, later obtained a post graduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy from GPTIM and was awarded a Master’s Degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy from Birmingham University.

Bertram Müeller

Bertram Müeller Dipl. Psych. works as a Gestalt psychotherapist in private practice in Düsseldorf and as Gestalt trainer and Supervisor in Germany and in several European countries like: Malta; Serbia, Italy, Croatia, Netherland and Russia. He has academic degrees in Philosophy, protestant Theology (1972) and clinical Psychology/ Psychotherapy (1981). He trained since 1973 in Gestalt Therapy in Europe and USA with Ischa Bloomberg, Erv and Miriam Polster, Bob Martin and Isadore From (from 1977-1982). He was Co-founder of the “Institute for Gestalt therapy Düsseldorf” (IfG), the founding Vice-President of the “German Ass. of Gestalt Therapy” (DVG), and president of the “German Otto Rank Ass”. (DORG). He was the founder and artist director (1979-2013) of the International Tanzhaus NRW (The Dancehouse of Northrhein/Westfalia),as well first President of the European Dance house Network (EDN) He was honored a.o. with the “Chevalier des Art et des Lettres” (1991) by the French Minister of Culture: Jaques Lang, and with the National, and received “German Dance Price 2014.He published articles on: Gestalt diagnosis; Gestalt methodology; Gestalt education and coaching; as well as on concepts of the Will by O. Rank and in Gestalt therapy; about the teachings of Isadore From as well as on artist and cultural development.

Elena Ilieva

Elena Ilieva is a Bulgarian psychologist and Gestalt therapist. Since the early 1990s, she has been living in South Africa. Alongside with her private practice there as a counsellor and Tomatis method practitioner, she dedicated time, skills, and energy to several NGOs, e.g. the Triangle Project, Nicro Woman Support Centre, and Coma Care. Since 2006, Elena Ilieva is a facilitator and later, trainer and supervisor in Systemic Family Constellations; since 2016, she is a Gestalt therapist. Elena has not severed her connection to her country of origin. Wanting to put her knowledge and South African contacts in use, she has founded two training institutions in Bulgaria: Family Constellations Bulgaria (2008) and the Bulgarian Institute for Gestalt therapy (2012). In the last ten years, she commits ever more time to the establishment of these institutions in line with the European training standards, adding new tools and working paradigms to the palette of therapeutic services in Bulgaria.

Mira Klarin

Mira Klarin is a tenured professor on the Department of Pedagogy in the Zadar University, where she teaches Developmental Psychology and Psychology of Communication, Family and Parenthood. She participated in several national and international professional and scientific projects. Her scientific interest is directed towards the area of study of socializing factors in context of development. Lately she is studying human relations, their development and the possible changes. She has completed her education for Gestalt Psychotherapist and she leads the Student Counseling at the University. She is author and co-author of around fifty scientific and professional papers and book chapters. She has received an award from the Croatian Psychological Society for the scientific published paper "Development of children in social context - parents, peers, teachers context of development of children", in 2006. She is a member of the Croatian Psychological Chamber, International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection and European Association for Gestalt Therapy.

Ceylan Das

Prof. Dr. Ceylan Das is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. She is both giving lectures in the psychology departments of Universities for years and she also has her private practice. She works with individuals, couples as well as groups. She started her Gestalt therapy training with Metanoia, England and continued with different Gestalt Institutes in the Europe and the USA. She is the president of the Turkish Gestalt Therapy Association and the editor of Contact: Gestalt Therapy Journal. She is the writer of Integration and Growth: Gestalt Therapy book both in Turkish and in English.

Charles Cassar

Charles Cassar has been a practicing Gestalt psychotherapy in private practice as a registered Maltese and European certified psychotherapist for the past eighteen years. For the past fourteen years, he has been the Chair of the NUOC within the EAP (European Association of Psychotherapy) and a Member of the Executive Committee of EAP. He has lately been elected as Vice President/President Elect of the EAP. He has held the position of President for the Malta Association of Psychotherapists (MAP) for the past eighteen years, to date. As President of MAP he has been actively and strongly engaged in lobbying for legislation which would regulate the profession. After graduating with an honours degree in psychology, Charles went on to pursue a diploma and eventually a Masters’ degree in Gestalt psychotherapy.

Nada Pop-Jordanova

Academician Nada Pop-Jordanova was born in Skopje (1947) where she graduated Medicine and Philosophy (Psychology). She is specialist pediatrician and subspecialist for gastroenterohepatology. Special interest of her activities were psychosomatic diseases and as a result she organized the special department for their treatment at the Pediatric clinic. She is a pioneer in Biofeedback/Neurofeedback methodology and Quantitative mapping of brain function in this region. All lifetime she was engaged at the Pediatric clinic in the treatment of children and solving their problems in the everyday life. As a tenured professor she was a teacher for Pediatrics, Medical psychology, Medical Ethics, Neuropsychology, and Developmental psychology at Faculties for Medicine.

Peter Schulthess

Peter Schulthess works in private practice in Zurich, Switzerland, since 1976. He teaches Gestalt therapy in Switzerland and several other countries, such as Germany, Macedonia, Poland, Greece, Italy, Bolivia, Russia, China, Serbia and Malta.

Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja

Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja is a neuropsychiatrist and psychotherapist and Ph.D. of Psychiatry (University of Zagreb, Croatia). She is world renowned and respected psychiatrist, subspeciality of child and adolescent Psychiatry. She was full professor of University of medicine and University of education and rehabilitation science till retirement. She deserved highly recognition with her professional achievements. One of the founders of the first Center for Autism in Zagreb 1985, in Croatia, then Center for Mental Health and psychological trauma of children in the Children′s Hospital »Klaićeva«. She was at the head of the national Center for psychological trauma, Department of Psychiatry and the reference center of the Ministry of health for disorders caused by stress. She founded private Psychiatric Policlinic Kocijan – Hercigonja, and is a president of the EIATCYP, and Croatian association for children and adolescent psychotherapy, Institute CYF. She leads trainings in Integrative Psychotherapy and Child and adolescent Psychotherapy.

Konstantinidou Antonia

BSc in Psychology, MSc in Social & Clinical Psychology, Gestalt Psychotherapist, Trainer, and Supervisor. Affiliations: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; Gestalt Foundation, Greece; Association of Greek Psychologists, H.A.G.T. (Hellenic Association for Gestalt Therapy – founding member, ex- president), E.A.G.T., E.A.P.; E.C.P. & EuroPsy Holder.Birth, 1969 in Thessaloniki, Greece. 27 years of private practice in psychotherapy with individuals and groups. For 20 years works as Gestalt Therapy trainer and supervisor. Co-founder of Training Institute “Gestalt Foundation". She conducts lectures and workshops with topics such as: mindfulness, diagnosis, psychopathology, and supervision in the context of Gestalt Therapy.

Renè Camilleri

Renè Camilleri was born in Malta in 1953. He is a Catholic priest, PhD in Theology, and has been teaching Systematic Theology at the University of Malta since 1984. Main areas of research: Faith and Culture, History of Religions, Belief in a postmodern frame of mind.

Giovanni Salonia

Psychologist, psychotherapist and theologian. Graduated in Gestalt Therapy (E. and M. Polster, I. From, J. Zinker), trained in Client Centered Therapy (H. Franta), Family Therapy (M. Kirschenbaum - C. Gammer), Bodytherapy (G. Downing). Former Professor of Social Psychology at the LUMSA University of Palermo; formerly Full Member of the Institute of Gestalt Therapy of New York (NYGT), former Visiting Professor at Southern Connecticut State University (USA), he was President of FISIG (Italian Federation of Gestalt Schools). Lecturer at the Pontifical University Antonianum (Rome) and School of Specialization in Psychiatry at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. Scientific Director of the School of Specialization in Gestalt Psychotherapy of the Institute of Gestalt Therapy hcc Kairos (Venice, Rome, Ragusa) and of the II level Masters with the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Rome He has written several books, including: Sulla felcità e dintorni (About happiness and surroundings), Dance of the chairs and dance of the pronouns and, as a co-author, Devo sapere subito se sono vivo (I must know immediately if I am alive) and The moon is made of cheese, I come Invidia (I like envy), La vera storia di Peter Pan (The true story of Peter Pan) end others which deal with both anthropological and clinical issues. He has also written numerous contributions from the Gestalt clinic published in articles and chapters of Italian and foreign scientific texts.


The Congress event schedule

The Congress will be held from 21st to 24th September 2023 in Malta. The program includes plenary lectures, workshops and discussions.

The views and opinions expressed in the presentations and workshops are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the EAPTI-GPTIM Higher Education Institution Malta and the EAPTI-GPTIM NETWORK.

The EAPTI-GPTIM Higher Education Institution Malta and the EAPTI-GPTIM NETWORK as organizers of the congress reserve the right to modify the congress program if necessary.

Simultaneous translation is provided from English to BHS languages and vice versa. The lecture of Dr Jean Marie Robine will be translated from French to English and BHS languages and vice versa.

The Congress is organized by:


What can I expect from this Congress?

Presentations from various presenters, inspiration and motivation for your professional activity, personal contribution to the theme of the congress trough active participation, connection with the new colleagues, experience of Malta.

How long will the registration be open?

Official registration will be open from:

1st May 2022 to 30th June 2023 via the website of the Congress:

Online application is required. Upon successful registration, you will be contacted by the Congress Agency which will send you a confirmation and the invoice for the registration fee, and the methods of payment.

What does the registration fee cover?

The registration fee covers participation in the Congress activities, coffee breaks and cocktail for participants.

When is the deadline for submitting the abstracts?

The deadline for submitting the abstracts is 1st May 2023. via the abstract form on the Congress website. Abstracts which are sent after the 1st May 2023. will not appear in the book of abstracts.



In which Time Zone will the Live Prime Time Congress run?

Central European Standard Time.

How can I request technical support and ask congress related questions?

Please send your request to:

How is the access to the virtual platform restricted?


Will it be possible to get credits for the Congress?

Yes. All participants will receive a certificate of participation at the Congress: the students of the EGN will acquire 30 hours of training in subject Theory and methodology of Gestalt therapy, and the graduate therapists and other participants will acquire 30 hours of continuous professional development.

Will a certificate of attendance be available?

Yes. Each participant will be awarded a certificate.

Is there a simultaneous translation?

No. The Congress will be held in English without translation.

Whom shall I contact if I need help or have a question?

Please send you request to following email:


Is there an opportunity to ask questions to the speakers?

Will there be a poster session?

Where do I find the abstracts book?

Program of the Congress will indicate when is the time for the questions and answers for particular speaker.

At the reception of the Congress Hall.



Can I chat or have a video call with other participants?

How can I interact with speakers?

Zoom platform has this option.

Please use Zoom Reactions: Raise Hand and you will be invited by the speakers.



Is there an online participation policy?

In case of health issues please use the following number: 112.

Participants will get a certificate of attendance, which can be used for training purposes or personal development hours.

  1. Attendance is expected for total activity;

  2. Log in 10 minutes before the commencement of the chosen Congress activity. This will give enough time for any technical difficulties to be mitigated should the need arise. Late log in interrupts the activity you are joining;

  3. Cameras are switched on during attendance taking and for the whole duration of the activities;

  4. Microphones are switched off during presentations and workshops. Microphones can be swished on during Question and Answers time by activating the Zoom reactions: Raise Hand and getting the permission of the presenter;

  5. Organisational committee does not take responsibility for the material participants would have missed for the activities that they were absent for; 

  6. During online sessions, no audio or visually recorded recordings may be permitted by either party, i.e., the lecture or the students. Failure to comply with this clause may result in GDPR non-compliance. 

  7. Failure to abide by these online attendance regulations may lead to expulsion from the activity of the Congress.

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EAGTI-GPTIM was founded in 1996 by Lidija Pecotic, with the aim of providing professional training in Gestalt Psychotherapy. Over the years, it has grown into a Higher Education Institution based on academic and experiential learning. In teaching, learning and practicing psychotherapy, a holistic, client-centred, dialogic and contextual approach is central to the institute’s values and philosophy, whereby the focus is on the total person as an individual and in relation to others. The EAPTI-GPTIM is fully recognised and officially accredited as a Higher Education Institution by the Malta Further & Higher Education Authority (MFHEA). The institute is licensed to deliver and award programmes which lead to qualifications classified at Level 7 and Level 8 (Malta Qualification Framework (MQF) and European Qualification Framework (EQF)). Moreover, it is accredited by the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) and the European Association of Gestalt Therapy (EAGT).


EAPTI-GPTIM Network or EGN was established in 2018 as the result of the unique relationship of mutual trust, friendship, respect and support between Dr. Pecotic and her original group of colleagues, who are now head of the various institutes in the different countries, or their senior practitioners. The main function of the network is not commercial but an educational-professional one. Apart from EAPTI-GPTIM, all the institutes are independently recognised and accredited by the European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT) and the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP).

About Us

Organizational Committee

Lidija Pecotic, Ph.D.


Joyce Sciberras, MA


Mikela Gonzi, MA


Rose Galea, MA


Aaron Azzopardi


Peter M. Farrugia, MA


Emilija Stoimenova Canevska, Ph.D.


Sanela Selmanovic Podrug, MSc

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Margareta Mesic, MSc


Filip Stefanovic, MSc


Valentina Relkovic


Anica Dudvarski, MA


Nina Kolanović, MA


Elvira Duraković-Belko, PhD

Bosnia and Hercegovina

About the Event

The 5th International Interdisciplinary Gestalt Congress will be held in Malta between 21st and 24th September 2023. The topic of this congress will be “Moving edges of psychotherapy – Fields and strategies of application.” We are proud to be hosting Gestalt practitioners and practitioners from various fields, writers, researchers, and participants from many different professional and cultural backgrounds. This event is organized by the European Accredited Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute Malta, EAPTI GPTIM (MFHEA 2014-FHI-020).


EAPTI GPTIM holds several academic programs through collaboration with various Gestalt centres, which form part of the EAPTI GPTIM Network (EGN). The EGN now regularly organizes these events, which provide a platform on which modern achievements in the development of Gestalt psychotherapy are presented and discussed by various presenters. We believe that these eminent experts in the field will contribute to the formation of new psychotherapists and provide continuous professional development for already established psychotherapists by discussing their experience, work, and research. For all other participants, we believe that the experience at the congress will be an inspiration in further work.


We look forward to meeting you there.

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Hotel Hilton and Hotel Cavalieri, St Julian’s, Malta​


Thursday to Sunday
21st – 24th September, 2023

Congress will offer you the choice to attend in person or opt for the fully broadcasted format if you prefer to attend virtually.


We invite you to contribute to the creative work

Call for Proposals

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Abstract Form

The last day for registration to V International Interdisciplinary Gestalt Congress is 30 June 2023.

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(AFTER 1 MAY 2023)