She is a supervisor and teacher of Gestalt psychotherapy training and systemic constellations. She is also a founder/president of the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute in Malta EAPTI-GPTIM, The Gestalt Studio Belgrade and Bert Hellinger Centre, Malta. She is a member of FORGE (International Federation of Gestalt Training Organizations) and EAP (European Association for Psychotherapy).
She is a founding member of the International Gestalt Therapy Association in New York and the Malta Association for Psychotherapy. She is also a member of EAGT (European Association for Gestalt Therapy).
She is an assistant professor at „Dr. Lazar Vrkatic“ Law and Business Faculty. She has assisted and contributed to the establishment of the Gestalt Institutes in Zagreb, Zadar, Sarajevo, Podgorica and Skopje, where she takes an active role of a teacher in GT and a coach and therapist in systemic constellations.
Mrs. Pecotic has gained extensive knowledge and experience at numerous training workshops, seminars and programmes led by Hunter Beaumont Ph.D., Erving and Miriam Polster at the Gestalt Training Centre San Diego, Douglas Davidove Ph.D. at the New York Institute for Gestalt Psychotherapy, Joseph C. Zinker Ph.D., Bert Hellinger etc.
Nowadays Mrs. Pecotic provides training and facilitates therapeutic workshops in Malta, Belgrade, Zagreb, Zadar, Rijeka, Opatija, Sarajevo, Podgorica, Skopje, Italy, Ukraine etc.
Joseph Berger, a clinical psychologist, spent his working life at the Psychiatry Clinic of Belgrade University School of Medicine. After being awarded his doctor’s degree, he was elected Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy. At the Department of Psychology he formed the course of Psychodiagnostics and laid the basis of the Clinical Psychology. He actively participated in the work of the Association of Psychologists and in projects of the Institute of Psychology. He initiated the introduction of new psychological therapy directions. He held lectures, seminars and workshops at all university centers in the former Yugoslavia. He initiated the publication of two journals in clinical psychology and actively participated in all psychology sessions and congresses.
He has written more than 160 professional and scientific papers, most notably the following books and larger studies:
Third Parent-New Directions in Group Psychotherapy, Nolit, 1980; Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, Standardization and Manual, DPS, 1981;
Psychodiagnostics, first edition, Nolit, 1984 and expanded edition, Zavod za udžbenike, 2009; Projective Psychology-Rorschach Personality Test, Nolit, 1989;
Clinical Psychology Individual and Social, Berger, J., Biro, M. and Hrnjica, S. Naučna knjiga, 1990; Psychological Support System, Model of Basic Personality Supports, DPS, 2002; Synopsis. Questions of Psychological Personality Assessment and Integration, DPS, 2003; Empirically Centered Perspective in Psychology, DPS, 2013.
Erving Polster is one of the leading figures of Gestalt Psychotherapy. He is director of the Gestalt Training Center in San Diego, California, and clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego. He provides training, workshops and lectures throughout the United States and abroad and is on the editorial board of the Gestalt Journal.
His previous books include the best selling Gestalt Therapy Integrated (1973), co-written with his wife, Miriam Polster, Every Person’s Life is Worth a Novel (1987) and the last one Uncommon Ground: To Enhance Everyday Living (2006). Among his contributions to various anthologies are “Escape from the Present: Transition and Storyline” (1987) and “The Self in Action: A Gestalt Outlook” (1992) in “The Evolution of Psychotherapy” volumes edited by Jeffrey Zeig.
He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 1950, was a founder of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland in 1953, and served as its faculty chair until 1973, when he began to work in California.
Mr. Polster's lecture prepared for the Congress will be presented on his behalf by Mr. Michael Vincent Miller.
Emilija Stoimenova Canevska Ph.D. is an established psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. She is committed to continuously building and developing the Gestalt Training Institute Skopje to a high standard training center that has an ongoing growth of students and graduates in Gestalt Psychotherapy while retaining an exceptional quality. Dr. Stoimenova is the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies at the International Balkan University, Skopje. She is supporting and leading the development of the Psychology undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Dr. Stoimenova is a dedicated lecturer with more than 16 years teaching experience in diverse academic institutions in the area of Psychology, Research and PR Studies.
Her passion for psychotherapy in general, Gestalt psychotherapy in particular has given her the motive to the pursuit of a life long educational background in the area and numerous trainings in the field. Dr. Stoimenova has a notable volume of published work in established publications such as Patient's rights in Psychotherapy 2013 and Retroflection as a creative adjustement of Macedonians 2014 among many others.
Dr. Stoimenova is one of the pioneers in the Macedonian psychotherapy field as to following European and world standards in the area of psychotherapy. She has active professional certification in: ECP-European Certificate for Psychotherapy, EAGT-European Certificate for Gestalt Psychotherapy, EAGT-Certificate for Supervisors, Diploma for applied Gestalt Practice in Organizations under the mentorship of Paul Barber and Ken Evans
Dr. Stoimenova is Committed to developing and teaching Gestalt Psychotherapy within the
region and actively cooperating with International Gestalt Institutes.
A trainer and co-director of the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute, Düsseldorf, Germany. He has a degree in Protestant Theology and training psychotherapy at the ‘Gestalt Institute Rheinland’. He also trained in Gestalt therapy with Isadore From. He lectured in psychology and Gestalt therapy at the Diakonische Akademie in Stuttgart and has served as a Vice-President of the Deutsche Vereingung fur Gestalttherapie (DVG), Frankfurt / Berlin, Vice-President of Arbeitsgemeinschaft Psychotherapeutischer Fachverbande in der BRD (AGPF) Bonn, and President of Deutsche Otto-Rank-Gesellschaft Düsseldorf.
Mr.Muller has academic membership of the editorial board in specialized magazines: Gestalttherapie’ Düsseldorf / Berlin, ‘Psychologie – Forum’ Wien / New York, and ‘International Studies in Gestalt Therapy’ Rome / Syrakuse
He is also the Founding Director of an International centre of dance, theatre and music in Düsseldorf.
In 1991, he was awarded the ‘Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres’ by the French Ministry for Culture and Education, under Jacques Lang.
He has written several publications on subjects concerning cultural management, development of cultural projects, as well as psychotherapeutic topics, diagnosis and supervision
Mr. Popovic is a Jungian psychoanalyst, member of IAAP, also trained in clinical psychology and maintains a private practice in Belgrade. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology of the University of Belgrade, where he teaches both an undergraduate and postgraduate level clinical psychology, personality assessment, Rorschach Inkblot Method, analytical and archetypal psychology.
He is a faculty member and lecturer at the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute in Malta.
His current and long-standing interests include archetypal psychology, phenomenology, embodiment, imagination, mythology, narrative, hermeneutics and Orthodox mystical theology.
He has published a number of articles and chapters on clinical psychology and personality assessment, also on analytical and archetypal psychology, including two books: The Psychology of Feminine(1995) and On Soul and Gods: Theory and Practice of ArchetypalPsychology(2001). Among his many responsibilities, he has recently been invited to teach at the International School for Analytical Psychology (ISAP) in Zurich, Switzerland.
Ken Evans is a psychotherapist accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy. He is Director of Scarborough Counselling & Psychotherapy Training Institute and a founder of the European Institute for Psychotherapeutic Studies based in Normandy, France. Beside England, he works as a therapist, supervisor and trainer in many European countries: in the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Malta, Israel, Italy, Ireland, Denmark, Romania, Norway, Sweden, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia and Serbia.
Mr. Evans was originally trained as a social worker and employed as a local authority Principal social worker for several years prior to studying as an Anglican priest in Cambridge and working as a Chaplain in mental health. He is qualified as Gestalt psychotherapist and integrative psychotherapist and has an extensive experience in working with adults, couples and groups in state and private sector.
His main areas of professional work are: psychotherapy, supervision, counseling, therapeutic training and research.
Mr. Evans is a founder of the European Centre for Psychotherapeutic Studies (Eurocps), verified by EAPTI.
With his wife Joanna, who is also a Gestalt Psychotherapist, Mr. Evans manages the farm La Volée in France, which is pro-organic and working toward self sustainability based on the belief that our future requires an eco friendly world.
Vladimir Milošević M.D. is a psychiatrist and a psychodrama psychotherapist and educator.
He graduated and specialized in Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade. He worked as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist at the Institute for Mental Health in Belgrade. Later, he worked in private practice in Belgrade and currently he works in the Psychiatric Hospital in Idrija (Slovenia).
Since 1990 he has been a psychodrama therapist (training organized in cooperation with the Medical School, Univ. Of Oxford and the School of Medicine in Belgrade). Since the mid-90's he facilitates psychodrama training in Belgrade and later in Novi Sad. As well, since 2004 he offers psychodrama training in Zagreb. Preparations for a new educational group in Ljubljana are underway. He is a supervisor of psychodrama training in Skopje.
In addition, he holds educational psychodrama workshops in Turin, Tel Aviv, Brussels, Great Britain, Ljubljana, Zadar, Split, Poreč, Skopje, Zagreb and psychodrama workshops and lectures at IAGP, BPA, IFTA and EAP conferences in London, Vienna, Jerusalem, Oxford, Cambridge, Sheffield, Dublin, Budapest, Guadalajara, Istanbul, Rome, Belgrade, Ljubljana ... He is a co-founder and holder of international seminars Cross Cultural Training Days and International Spring Accademy of Psychodrama. He was a co-founder of the Yugoslav Psychodrama Association, the Institute of Psychodrama and the Serbian Psychotherapy Association.
He has authored many scientific papers in the field of psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychodrama.
Michael Vincent Miller, PH.D., has practiced and taught Gestalt therapy for thirty-eight years, currently in New York City. His own training was chiefly with Fritz Perls, Isadore From, and the Polsters. After ten years of teaching at Stanford University and M.I.T., he cofounded the Boston Gestalt Institute. He has also trained psychotherapists in Gestalt therapy in a dozen countries. He was on the editorial board of the "Gestalt Journal" and was Consulting Editor to the "International Gestalt Journal." Besides contributing articles to many journals and magazines, he has written four books: "Intimate Terrorism: The Crisis of love in an Age of Disillusion" (1996), which has been published in eight languages; "La Poétique de la Gestalt-therapie" (2002), which was published in France; "Teaching a Paranoid to Flirt" (2011), a collection of his writings over thirty years on Gestalt therapy; and "A Gestalt Therapy Testament" (2014), published in English and Italian in Milan.
Peter Philippson, M.Sc. (Gestalt Psychotherapy) is a UKCP Registered Gestalt psychotherapist and trainer, a Teaching and Supervising Member of the Gestalt Psychotherapy & Training Institute UK, a founder member of Manchester Gestalt Centre, Full Member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, Senior Trainer for GITA (Slovenia), advisory board member, Center for Somatic Studies and a guest trainer for many training programmes internationally. He is Past President of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy. Peter is the author of 'Self in Relation', pub. Gestalt Journal Press, ‘The Emergent Self’ pub. Karnac/UKCP and ‘Gestalt Therapy: Roots and Branches’ pub. Karnac, and many other chapters and articles. He is a teacher and student of traditional Aikido.
He obtained his degree in Film and Television Direction at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, he got a master's degree in the Theory of Culture at the Faculty of Political Science and he was awarded his doctoral degree at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Skopje in the field of philosophy of science (ontology and gnoseology).
He is an invited lecturer at the University of Padova in Italy, the Dessau International Architecture School in Germany, the Department for history and theory of theatre at the University of Giessen in Germany and Rijksacademie-Royal Academy of visual arts in the Netherlands.
He has participated in numerous symposia and he holds lectures and seminars at home and abroad in the fields of theatrology, contemporary film theory, contemporary media, theory of visual arts, Pythagorean aesthetics, film history.
He is a correspondent and president of the section for the Netherlands and Belgium of Tesla Memorial Society of New York and one of the founders of the Stichting International Academy of Universal Science foundation in Amsterdam where he is a visiting professor and appointed vice president.
His main interests are literature, poetry, prose and criticism. He has published books of poetry „Emsel“ and „Little poems“, a novel „ The Spirit of Balkania“ and a philosophical study on the Problem of Continuity in the Philosophy of Leibniz and Boscovich
Predrag D. Milosavljevic, Ph.D. is a historian and philosopher of natural science and technology and an art theorist.
Specific scientific field: theory of proportion, philosophy of nature and history of science in classical antiquity. Areas of his special interest include the field of cultural anthropology, theory of form and philosophy of archetype, phenomenology, epistemology, evolution of creation, biosemiotics and methodology of multidisciplinary scientific and research work. He works in the capacity of a technical manager and a member of the accreditation group for multidisciplinary doctoral studies at the Department of History and Philosophy of Natural Science and Technology, Studies at the University, University of Belgrade.
He is the author of dozens of original geometrical-constructible methods of golden ratio and regular polygons as well as a large number of scientific and technical papers based on their implementation (particularly with respect to the analysis of the scientific and artistic heritage). He is engaged in the state expertise and a degree of utilization of cultural resources and cultural heritage and he has participated in the preparation and planning of programme activities and strategies for the promotion of science in the Republic of Serbia. He is an associate member of the Central Institute for Conservation (CEC) in Belgrade.
He is a member of the editorial board of the scientific journal Phlogiston: Journal for the History of Science, published by the Museum of Science and Technology (MNT) in Belgrade. He has organized and participated in several scientific projects and activities in the field of culture, in the frame of which he applies experience based on multidisciplinary approaches and methodology.
He is an associate professor at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, teaching Ethics and Bioethics. He is a deputy editor of the journals Filozofska istraživanja and Synthesis philosophica, as well as a member of the editorial boards of scientific journals Jahr, The Holistic Approach to Environment and In medias res. Besides numerous scientific articles and essays in Croatian and international journals and books, he has published the monograph on Hans Jonas' ethics of responsibility (Zagreb, 2010) and was a co-editor of the books on philosophy and gender (Zagreb, 2005) and philosophy and the media (Zagreb, 2014). He is also an active member of different scientific, cultural and social projects and intitatives. His main areas of interest cover practical philosophy, ethics and bioethics, philosophy of technology, philosophy of nature, philosophy of media, philosophical hermeneutics, feminist and gender theory, and socio-political issues.
Joyce 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. She attended a training program in Family Constellation in the tradition of Bert Hellinger led by Dr Lidija Pecotic. She is a qualified Family Mediator.
Joyce held the post of Vice President for seven years at the Church Agency that offered voluntary counseling. She was a member of the Board of Governors of the Malta Mediation Center for eight years. She was a member of the National Family Commission for eight years. She is regularly invited on television programs to discuss topics related to psychology and psychotherapy.
James Corby is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of English at the University of Malta. He obtained a BA (Hons) and MA in English at the University of Malta before reading for an MA and PhD in Philosophy at the University of Essex.
He has published on literature and philosophy, including articles on romanticism, modernism, performance, phenomenology, politics, and contemporary American literature. He co-edited a volume of essays entitled Style in Theory: Between Literature and Philosophy (Bloomsbury, 2013) and he is co-General Editor of the journal CounterText, published by Edinburgh University Press. He is currently preparing several projects for publication: a special issue of the Journal for Cultural Research called Critical Distance, and two monographs: Performance and the Literary: Ethics, Risk and Play, and The Art of Failure: Romantic and Post-Romantic Aesthetics.
He is a member of several research networks, including The Futures of Literature Research Network and The Uninvolvement Research Network (TURN). He has delivered conference papers and given invited talks at, among other places, the universities of Birkbeck, Dundee, Essex, Helsinki, Malta, Mimar Sinan (Istanbul) Royal Holloway, St Andrews, the Sorbonne, Sussex and Tübingen.
He has organised and co-organised numerous conferences, including ‘Style in Theory: Styling Theory’ (Malta, 2009), ‘After the Modern’ (Malta, 2010), ‘Cultural Translations’ (Malta, 2011), ‘Desire, Literature, Culture’ (Malta, 2012), ‘Writing Life’ (Malta, 2013), ‘With Feeling’ (Malta, 2014), ‘In Our Time’ (Malta, 2015), ‘Scale’ (Malta, 2015).
His current research focuses upon the complex relationship between ‘loss’, ‘indifference’ and ‘consolation’ in literature, aesthetics and philosophy.
Joyce Cassar has over 25 years’ experience in senior management which include over 15 years working in the tourism and hospitality industry where she held various positions ranging from General Manager of a 4 star hotel to Commercial and Marketing Director of a 4 star hotel and later of a Destination Management Company. She obtained an MSc in Tourism Hospitality Management from Sheffield Hallam University. Later she moved to the Social Sector and worked for a number of years as Head of Community Services for Drug Abusers with Caritas (Malta) where she was also assigned the task to open a project for Female Drug users, a programme which is still running. She graduated from the University of Malta with an MA in Religious and Humanitarian Studies and in 2013 obtained her PhD from the same University of Malta with an interdisciplinary thesis with the title of “Mental Disorder as vulnerable ground for evil.”
She currently holds a position of Director General Implementation in the Office of the Prime Minister. She is also an active and committed member of a foundation that runs a Youth Fellowship where apart from participating in the ongoing Christian formation of youths through spiritual guidance and is a leader of the foundation’s healing ministry team. Furthermore on a weekly basis she supports a female drug rehabilitation programme with individual and group sessions. For nearly 30 years Joyce has been involved in the Maltese media producing and presenting TV and radio cultural and socio-religious programmes.
Dr. Adrian Attard Trevisan is a neuroscientist. He holds a PhD in Neurosciences and Masters degrees in Engineering and Audiological Sciences. He is currently undertaking a second PhD in Human Physiology at the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. He has worked on international research projects in England and France and has lectured at the University of London and London Metropolitan University, as well as giving guest lectures and presentations at the University of Malta, Oxford University, University of London and Università degli Studi di Milano. Dr. Adrian has conducted research for a number of companies in the biomedical/biotechnology sector. He has benefited from research grants awarded by the Medical Research Council and formed part of research projects under a number of EU funding programmes.
Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja is a neuropsychiatrist and psychotherapist as well as a holder of Ph.D. in Psychiatry (University of Zagreb, Croatia). She is a world renowned and respected psychiatrist with subspecialty in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Hercigonja was a professor at the University of Medicine and University of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences. She was one of the founders of the first Center for Autism in Zagreb in 1985, Croatia, then the Centre for Mental Health and Psychological Trauma of Children in the Children’s Hospital »Klaićeva«. She was the head of both the National Centre for Psychological Trauma, Department of Psychiatry, and the Reference center of the Ministry of Health for disorders caused by stress. She founded private Psychiatric Polyclinic Kocijan – Hercigonja and is a president of the EIATCYP and the Croatian Association for Children and Adolescent Psychotherapy. Dr. Hercigonja leads trainings in Integrative Psychotherapy and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.
Dr. Avi Goren-Bar from Tel Aviv, Israel, has thirty five years of extensive experience in creative coaching in various organizations such as educational systems, army (IDF), business and high-tech.
With his clinical background both as certified clinical and educational psychologist and accredited expressive arts therapist he brings to his consulting work tremendous amount of human resource knowledge. Avi has specialized in Jungian coaching in companies and organizations applying Jungian psychology, Gestalt therapy and expressive arts. Dr. Goren-Bar is running three qualifying programs in Athens, Istanbul and Zagreb.
He is a certified psychotherapist and a supervisor in psychosocial work, with European certificate in Gestalt psychotherapy (EAGT) and European certificate in psychotherapy (ECP) granted by the European organization for Psychotherapy from Vienna, where he is a full member (EAP). He is an international trainer, supervisor and educator (BIH, Macedonia, Israel) and one of the founders of the First Croatian Gestalt Institute CIGW Zagreb where he is also one of the trainers. Velimir Dugandžić is President of the Society of Gestalt and Integrative Therapists of Croatia, and a full member of the Croatian Association for Supervision and Organizational Development. He finished 4-year psychoterapeutic gestalt program at the German gestalt institute (IGW Deutchland) and continued gestalt professional development in the USA - PGI Relational gestalt therapy with Lynne Jacobs PhD and Gary Jontef PhD (residential programme in 2014 and 2015). He is educated in the fields of relational gestalt psychotherapy, systemic psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, relational body therapy, clinical expressive arts therapy and systemic gestalt coaching.
He is involved in psychotherapy and counseling for 18 years, the last 7 years within the private practice Dugan d.o.o. for encouragement of personal, family and organizational potentials in Varaždin/Croatia.
Originally from Zagreb, Croatia she graduated at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, and received her Master's degree in Psychology from Melbourne University, Australia. She completed her training as a Gestalt therapist at the Gestalt Institute of Melbourne. Alemka has also trained in relationship counselling, trans-cultural counselling and obtained the specialist training in trauma work at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture and Trauma where she also worked for a number of years.
Since first introduced to Systemic Constellation Work in 1995 all areas of her personal and professional life have been inspired by it. Alemka has trained extensively in Germany with Bert Hellinger and other leading practitioners of this work. She has been using this approach in individual therapy and together with her husband Max, she facilitates workshops and offers training in Systemic Constellations.
Alemka’s passion is promotion of Constellation Work reflected through her literature translations, programs and training she offers as well as her regular contributions to the International Constellations Journal “The Knowing Field”. She is a member of ISCA – International Systemic Constellation Association
Alemka is a Psychologist, a Psychotherapist and a System Constellations Facilitator with special interests in new consciousness phenomena and research, being excited about the emerging intersections between science and spirituality, happy not to too strongly identify herself with any “camp”, discipline or a particular professional field.
Margareta Mesić, univ.spec. , is a clinical psychologist, certified Gestalt therapist and a supervisor and trainer in basic course of training in Gestalt therapy.
Since 2007 (Psihika ltd.), she has organized and conducted training in Gestalt psychotherapy according to the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute Malta (GPTIM) programme and has conducted individual and group psychotherapy and supervision. From 1999 to 2014 she worked in clinical practice with risk population groups, drug users, their families as well as in primary prevention and mental health. She is a member of the Commission for psychotherapy of the Croatian Psychological Chamber, a member of the Supervisory Board of the Croatian Psychological Chamber and a member of the Board of DGIPH.
She is an associate teacher in HITUDIM for students training in psychotherapy to work with children and youth. She is a member EAGT, a founding member of the European Association for Therapeutic Work with Children and Youth (EIATCYP) and an associate member of the Croatian Association for Supervision (HDSOR).
Tomaž Flajs has a European Certificate of Psychotherapy (EAP) and is a full member of the European Society for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT). He is a holder of the GATLA certificate as well as the GPTI diploma of Gestalt psychotherapy (Gestalt Psychotherapy and Training institute from Great Britain). He is the President of the Slovene Association for Gestalt psychotherapy (SLOGES) and vice-president of the Slovene umbrella organization for psychotherapy (SKZP). He is a co-founder of GITA Institute for Gestalt therapy in Ljubljana, where he works as a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. He facilitates trainings in Austria, Croatia, Georgia and Russsia. He has authored articles on Gestalt psychotherapy, among them »Men and Shame«, »Political dimension of psychotherapy« and »Use of metaphors in Gestalt theraphy« published in Kairos, a Slovene review for psychotherapy.
Marija Stefanović is a clinical psychologist, Gestalt therapist, educator and supervisor as well as a coordinator and assistant director of the Gestalt Studio Belgrade.
She graduated from the Department of Clinical psychology at the University of Belgrade. She is a psychotherapist accredited by the Serbian Association for Psychotherapy, ECP and EAGT.
She was engaged in the work of humanitarian organizations such as: “Zdravo da ste” ("Hi Neighbour!"), IRC, “Save the Children” and IAN, and in many activities related to the provision of psychological support to refugees and displaced persons in camps and private accommodation where target groups were adults, young people and children.
She founded "Horizons" NGO where she took part in providing psychological support programs throughout Serbia as a manager and coordinator, along with other specialists. Since 2002 she's been working in «Oasis» Centre for children, youth and family on various prevention and education programs.
She completed a training program at the school directed by Lidija Pecotić PhD., gaining her work experience with acknowledged Gestalt therapists: D. Davidoff, Joseph Zinker, B.Müller, Michael Miller, Ole Ry Nielsen, Filipo Rametta etc.
She has also attended programs in other psychotherapy courses, such as TA (Josip Berger, Lukrecija Vranešević), family therapy, systemic approach (Nada Polovina), bioenergetic analysis (Stanka Gavrić, Divna Perić, Filip Helfner).
She's been a guest trainer and supervisor in various Gestalt centres such as: Skopje (Macedonia), Zagreb, Zadar, Rijeka (Croatia), Podgorica (Montenegro) and Sarajevo (Bosnia and Hercegovina).
She graduated from the Department of Psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade and she received her MA from the Department of Psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad.
She completed four-year studies in Gestalt psychotherapy (EAP Accredited Training Institute “Gestalt studio Belgrade”). She has obtained many national and European certificates for psychotherapy (SDPTS, EAGT, ECP) and she is familiar with the basics of Jungian psychotherapy, transactional analysis, body psychotherapy, Rational Emotional and Behavioural Therapy (REBT).
Her sub-specialisation is the application of Gestalt psychotherapy in organisations (The European Association for Gestalt Leadership and Organisational Development in association with GPTIM).
She has been dealing with psychotherapy in private practice in Belgrade (individual, group and couples therapy) as well as consulting both for individuals and organisations. She also takes part in teaching and supervising basic and advanced educational programmes for Gestalt therapists at the EAP Accredited Training Institute ‘’Gestalt studio Belgrade”). She is a co-author of several books and manuals in the field of communication.
She graduated in clinical psychology from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, and received her Master's degree in psychology - psychotherapy module in Novi Sad. She is currently taking doctoral studies in clinical psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy.
She completed her training in Gestalt Psychotherapy and acquired ECP (European Certificate of Psychotherapy), a certificate of EAGT (European Association of Gestalt Psychotherapy) and a certificate of the Serbian Psychotherapy Association.
Apart from Gestalt, she accomoplished training in other psychotherapeutic orientations such as transactional analysis, REB, analytical psychotherapy, physical psychotherapy, EMDR, etc.
Since 1994, she has been working in private practice providing individual and group therapy as well as a therapy of couples. In 1998 she became a trainer and in 2003 a supervisor. She provides supervision and training to the accredited European Institute for Psychotherapy "Gestalt Studio" and gives lectures at Mokrogorska Management School. She has cooperated with numerous NGOs.
She offers her psychotherapy practice in Serbian and English language.
Besides Belgrade, she worked in Sarajevo, Rijeka, Novi Sad and Nis.
She was born on 27 January, 1966 in Sombor. She received a degree in psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy in 1992 in Novi Sad. From 1992, first she teaches psychology and works as a professional assistant-psychologist at the Medical School in Šabac and then she is appointed head-master of the school from 2002 to 2013. In 2000 she graduated in Gestalt therapy from the GSB and in 2002 she became an educator and supervisor for students at the GSB. She completed different training courses for working with adolescents, their parents, teachers, as well as for human and financial resources management and applied Gestalt therapy in work with children, adolescents and organizations. She has cooperated with many NGOs in various projects (giving support to the refugees and displaced population, adolescents, LGB people ...). She currently lives and works in Šabac and Belgrade and works in her own private counseling center for psychotherapy, training and supervision.
Ivana Vidakovic has obtained her bachelor’s and master's degree in clinical psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. In the period 1999-2013 she was active in several non-governmental organizations working on various psycho-social projects in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her field of expertise is research and psychotherapy of post-traumatic stress disorder-PTSD. Since 2004 she has been working as a Gestalt psychotherapist and later as an associate teacher and supervisor at the Gestalt Studio Belgrade. She completed additional trainings in psychotherapy (EMDR, Group analytic therapy, Brief psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Brief therapy oriented to solutions - SFBT, etc.). Ivana is actively involved in the work of the professional association of psychotherapists (EAGT -European Association for Gestalt therapy and EAP -European Association of Psychotherapists), and their committees: the Committee for Research in Gestalt psychotherapy, the Committee for Human Rights and Social Responsibility, the Committee for professional competence and quality standard in Gestalt psychotherapy, the EAP Task Force for the development of generic and specific competences in psychotherapy. Ivana has facilitated several Gestalt workshops and lectures in Greece, Switzerland, Italy, Ukraine, Belgium, etc. She is a co-editor of three national and three international publications and author of more than 35 articles/chapters in monographs and journals on psychology and psychotherapy.
Ljiljana Bozović, a clinical psychologist, graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Belgrade. Since 1993 she has been involved in psychological aspect of the rehabilitation of the amputees as a health associate in the team for prosthetic rehabilitation of persons with upper and lower limb amputations. Working as a researcher and coordinator she took part in the international projects on psychosocial rehabilitation of the amputees – war victims. She is the author of several articles in this field, presented at the scientific and professional meetings of psychologists and physicians and published in professional journals and monographs.
In 2001 she received her diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy and since then she has participated in the individual and group therapeutic work in the counselling center “Psychological spaces”. She is one of the co-authors and creators of the project “The joy of motherhood” (psychological help and support for mothers to be), that was supported by the foreign organization “Save the children”. In 2002 she became an associate teacher at the Gestalt Studio Belgrade.
She also completed education in other psychotherapy approaches – Behavioral therapy, Transactional analysis with cognitive elements, EMDR.
Antonio Aras has a degree in Theology, with years of experience as a teacher of religious studies in primary and secondary schools in Vršac and Belgrade. He was one of the first organizers of educational seminars for teachers of religious studies. This program developed into a professional developmental program for teachers. He volunteered in Čovekoljublje within the program Psychosocial support for people suffering from AIDS in 2003/2004 and in the ATC-Center against human trafficking in 2004. He participated in the program Faith and dialogue in Washington, Philadelphia 2007/2008, after which he organized the project Meeting young people from Srebrenica and Vršac in 2008. He was also the organizer of the Interfaith dialogue with Catholics in 2010. As an educator and an assertive teacher he organized a number of different seminars and workshops which have been attended by over 1,000 participants. His current interests combine Christian tradition and psychotherapy. He has over 7 years of experience in psychotherapy training. Currently he is finishing a programme for Transactional Analysis at the Psihopolis Institute (TA 101, 201, 202), and is also in his third year of education in psychodrama organized by the RAIP and SPA Moreno Institute from Belgrade. He is the Vice President of the Steering Committee of the Red Cross, Savski Venac, Belgrade.
Mirela Badurina, MSc is a Gestalt psychotherapist and a holder of the European Certificate of Psychotherapy (ECP) and the certificate of the European Association for Gestalt Psychotherapy (EAGT).
She has gained many years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults in international organizations (World Vision International, Save the Children UK, SOS Kinderdof) in a position of facilitator, manager, researcher and supervisor of psycho-social programs aimed at maintaining and strengthening children's integrity.
She leads and gives lectures in projects intended for children and young people and their more complete and creative development.
She has authored several works: The development of children's attachment both in the family and outside the family environment, Mental health of children of early adolescent age, Diagnosis and assessment of the client - Gestalt approach, Minimum standards-child version - for planning, provision and monitoring of child protection services at the level of entities in BiH, and she is a co-author of the Handbook for primary school teachers in BiH: "Prevention of violence involving children and promotion of respect for differences in Bosnia and Herzegovina throughout the educational system.
Since 2006, she has provided training for counseling and psychotherapy and works with children, adolescents and adults in Sarajevo.
Rene' Camilleri is a Catholic priest from Malta. He studied Philosophy and Theology at the University of Malta from where he graduated and obtained his Masters. He furthered his studies in Rome at the Gregorian University where he pursued his PhD in Theology. For the last 30 years he has been teaching Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Malta, with his major research interests being Church and Society, Religion and Culture. He has been involved in life-long education programmes for clergy and laity and for the last 10 years he was responsible for the Religious Education curriculum in Schools. He writes weekly in The Sunday Times of Malta and is regularly involved in Media debates.
Ivan Koprek obtained a degree in philosophy and theology and a doctorate in philosophy in Munich. He stayed for a while at Marquette University (USA) and Boston College (USA). From 1995 to 2001 he held the position of dean.
He has published the following books: Ethos und methodos Philosophierens. Die moderne Orientierungskrise und ihre Therapie im Denken von Karl Jaspers (1988), A Step for the Sense (1992), Life in the Family for the Year of the Family (ed.) (1994), That is How you Will Have Peace (ed.) (1995) As a Part of Me. Ethics - Virtue - Friendship (1995), Ethics - Manual of a Discipline (ed.) (1996), An Evil Time for Good (1997), Human Rights Human Dignity (1999), Defensor hominis (ed.) (2003), A Little History of Ethics (2004), Religion and Money (ed.) (2005). He is the author of numerous scientific and technical papers in international and national philosophical journals. He is the editor of the international journal Disputatio Philosophica. He teaches the following courses: ethics, philosophy, culture, history of modern philosophy, history of contemporary philosophy.
Edin Urjan Kukavica was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1967.
Shaykh Edin Uryan Kukavica is a writer and author of several novels, books of historiographical essays: Vijernik, Bes, Antropology of tasawwuf, Anatomy of ibadet.
He is a translator of several books from the area of tasawwuf, perennial philosophy, traditional art and islamic philosophy, and author and translator of good few articles and texts in daily newspapers and periodical magazines in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
At least three novels and some other books are waiting to be published.
Anica Dudvarski is a clinical psychologist, certified Gestalt therapist, a supervisor and trainer in basic and advance course of training in Gestalt therapy.
She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, and completed specialist studies in preschool pedagogy.
She completed four-year studies in Gestalt psychotherapy at the EAP Accredited Training Institute “Gestalt studio Belgrade”, and has taken the role of its teacher and supervisor for more than 10 years. In 2009 she completed additional education in psycho-therapeutic work with children and adolescents at the Gestalt psychotherapy institute of Malta.
During her education in gestalt therapy, besides attending workshops held by Lidija Pecotić PhD and other renowned gestalt psychotherapist (Bertram Miller, Douglas Davidoff, Serge Ginger, Ken Evans), she completed training in cognitive-behavioral therapy at the Institute of psycho-physiological disorders in Belgrade.
She is currently employed at the “Bečej“ HealthCenter as a psychologist.
Since 2000, she is a trainer and supervisor for associates and educators: “Encouragement of children's self-esteem through cooperative communication”, and as of 2003 a trainer in the program for associates, educators and school teachers: “Healthy developing”.
She is a member of the Serbian Psychotherapy Association, EAGT and the “Society for children and adolescents psychiatry and related professions”.
Besides Novi Sad, she worked in Belgrade, Zadar, Osijek, Novi Pazar and Nis.
Dragana Lalić graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Belgrade, and then completed education in Gestalt Studio Belgrade thus becoming a Gestalt psychotherapist. She worked for seven years in NGO Group “Let’s…”. She took part in numerous workshops and worked with different groups of people, creating and implementing workshops for personal and professional growth. Later she worked with children with disabilities and their families as well as a school psychologist in a primary school.
Since 2006 she has been working as a psychotherapist in her private practice. After years of practicing Yoga, she completed a Yoga teacher training, and she is currently exploring ways and possibilities of implementing Yoga techniques in psychotherapy.
Bosiljka Janjušević, MA, studied Clinical Psychology and she obtained her Master’s degree at the Department of Applied Psychology with the theme “Consciousness in Gestalt Psychotherapy”. She is a PhD candidate in the field of implementation of yoga in psychotherapy at the Alpen-AdriaUniversity, Klagenfurt-Graz-Wien, Austria. She has researched and written on the connection between practicing yoga techniques and stress management, depression, anger, assertiveness and locus of control.
Bosiljka Janjusevic is a certified Yoga teacher, researcher and coordinator of the International Society for Scientific Interdisciplinary Yoga Research as well as a Gestalt therapist in training.
Frosina Ristovska is a licensed psychologist working in a private hospital in Skopje (Filip Vtori Special hospital for surgical diseases). She is currently working on the final phase of her master’s thesis in the field of Psychology of Personality and counselling. She is in intensive training for Gestalt therapist at the Gestalt Institute Skopje and is currently in the supervision group. She is a part of the group of psychotherapists volunteering in the Macedonian Red Cross premises as part of a joint project between Gestalt Institute - Skopje and the Macedonian Red Cross. She is an undergraduate teaching assistant at the Faculty of Psychology for the subjects Personality and Theories of personality. She uses her knowledge of Gestalt therapy as a support in her everyday work with patients with different health conditions, mainly patients with cardiac conditions.
Angelika Burovski is an entrepreneur at heart. She has experience as a general manager of her family company and other startups as well. She is always striving for the next creative business venture. She has obtained her Bachelor of Marketing and Communication at IFM, Geneva and obtained her Master’s degree in PR at NYUS, Skopje, Macedonia. Angelika is in her fourth year of Gestalt training at the Gestalt Institute, Skopje and is currently undergoing a Master’s programme in Organizational Development with a Gestalt, Complexity and Systemic perspective at the Metanoia Institute in London. She is passionate about contributing to the development of OD consultancy in Macedonia and further in the Balkan region.
Edith Blanquet is a clinical psychologist, Gestalt-therapist, supervisor and teacher. She is a holder of a Master’s degree in « philosophy, texts and knowledges ».
She was born in 1960 and currently lives near Carcassonne, in France, where she takes care of patients of all ages. She is professionnally known for welcoming patients classicly named « psychotic ».
Edith is in charge of a Gestalt-therapy training school (EGTP).
As the author of several French research articles in Gestalt-therapy, she works towards the adjustment of the Self theory, understood as a process of « language in-formation » (« language gestaltung »).
Her research work is published in the French gestaltist review « Cahiers de Gestalt-thérapie » of the francophone European College of Gestalt-therapy (CEG-t).
She is also a part of the editorial board of the mentionned review, published by L’Exprimerie, Bordeaux, France.
She is the author of the essay published by Ellipses, Paris, 2012 « Apprendre à philosopher avec Heidegger » (« Learning to philosophize with Heidegger »). Her research is mainly focused on offering a clinical approach of the various forms (gestalten) of human presence, with the support of Martin Heidegger’s ontology : Dasein.
She graduated in literature and pedagogy from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb, and solo singing from the Academy of Music in Zagreb. She continued her education through books, workshops, personal experience and many years of professional psychotherapy training. She is a certified Gestalt psychotherapist from IGW (Institute for Gestalt Psychotherapy from Würzburg), a certified psychodrama therapist from IPD (Institute for psychodrama in Belgrade) and a Transpersonal Psychotherapist with a certificate from EUROTAS (European Transpersonal Association). She holds a certificate from ECP (European Certificate of Psychotherapy).
She is a member of the Croatian Gestalt and Integrative Psychotherapist Association, the Center for Psychodrama, the European Transpersonal Association and The European Association for Psychotherapy.
She offers individual, partner and group therapies as well as the therapy and supervision of trainees in Gestalt psychotherapy, and she has recently become a coach and supervisor in psychodrama.
So far she has published the following books: Speech of Dreams (Zagrebačka naklada, 1994; second edition: Medicinska naklada, 2002), In search for yourself (Sipar, 1997) and Winged Sandals (Profile, 2009).
He is a holder of a Master’s degree from the University of Sarajevo. He worked for ten years as psychologist in the public health service and since 1990 he has been working in private practice as a clinical psychologist and a body psychotherapist. He is the founder of Kosovo Association for Psychotherapy and since 2003 he has been a Board member in EAP.
After the war in Kosovo, he was trained in Mind-Body Medicine approach in Washington DC, to work as a trauma therapist with people who have suffered from war trauma. At the same time he continues with his training education in Positive Psychotherapy approach in WiesbadenAcademy for Positive Psychotherapy (WAPP) to become an International Master trainer in Positive Psychotherapy.
Since 2007 he has been regularly providing international trainings in Positive Psychotherapy in different countries (Turkey, Cyprus, Ukraine, Romania, Macedonia, Albania, Poland, Iran, Ethiopia, Bulgaria and Germany). In Kosovo and in Albania, he provides basic and master courses in body and positive psychotherapy on a regular basis for psychologists, pedagogues, nurses, social workers, doctors and psychotherapists.
He provides training in stress management, coaching and leadership for different business companies.