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I was born in 1951. I work as a psychologist and gestalt therapist in Wuerzburg, Germany – both in the German and the English language. I have also been working as a supervisor and psychotherapy trainer since 1981. I was editor of the International Gestalt Journal from 2001 to 2006 and co-editor of the Studies in Gestalt Therapy: Dialogical Bridges from 2007 to 2009.

I am a frequent presenter at conferences both in Germany and abroad. You may watch a sample lecture I gave in Oslo in December 2012 on „Pain and Beauty“; it comes in two parts: (part 1) (part 2)

I am also frequently invited to teach at gestalt therapy training institutes in various parts of the world; to some of them you can find references on my Links page. My favorite format are two- and three-day workshops. I teach on a wide variety of topics; you can download four workshop examples here:

Example 1:

Pathways to Resilience:

Self-Esteem, Compassion, and Self-Compassion

Example 2:

On Macaque Monkeys, Players, and Clairvoyants:

Some New Ideas for a Gestalt Therapeutic Concept of Empathy

Example 3:

Ego, Anger, and Attachment:

A New Way of Looking at and Working With Aggression in Gestalt Therapy

Example 4:

The Dialogical Self in Action:

Differentiating Empty Chair Techniques

You may either pick one of the example topics or make a suggestion for any other topic within the realm of gestalt therapy theory and practice. — I am ready to present both in German and in English.

If you consider inviting me please feel free to write to me at any time.

You can download a complete list of my publications („Veröffentlichungen“). However, as you will see, only a minority of my writings has been translated into English or was written in English in the first place. So you may want to have a look at the complete list of my English texts (both articles and books).

In what follows you will find more information about the two of my books that have been published in English:

Empathy in Psychotherapy:

How Therapists and Clients Understand Each Other.

New York: Springer Publishing (2012).

This is the English translation of my respective German book that was originally published in 2009. It won an award as one of the best three German books in the Humanities published in 2009. As a result, the translation was funded by Geisteswissenschaften International — Translation Funding for Humanities and Social Sciences from Germany, a joint initiative of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the German Federal Foreign Office, and the German Publishers & Booksellers Association.

Dear international visitors,

Please understand that I cannot provide you with all the information that is given on this website in German. On this page you will only find the material that most of my international correspondents ask for.

Advance Acclaim:

„Rarely have I read a book — surely not in psychoanalysis or psychotherapy — so scholarly and so accessible, so theoretically challenging and so humanistically rich.“ — Donna Orange

„People intuitively know that we travel the byways of life jointly. Dr. Staemmler takes this common sense perspective and through professionally astute examination transforms it into a dependable guideline for living. His de-mystification and humanization of the elusive dynamics of communal existence returns the reader to the old adage that we are all in the same boat and, further, that it is emotionally imperative to let ourselves be there.“ — Erving Polster

You may download the table of contents as a PDF here.

My first American book was published in 2009 by the GestaltPress (Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-87098-6, 360 pages, US-$ 39,95).

From the publisher‘s announcement:

This is the first book published in English of Staemmler’s writings. In three sections, Staemmler first (supported by his Buddhist wife, Barbara Staemmler) comprehensively explores and questions the traditional gestalt therapy theory of aggression and proposes a new approach to working with anger and hostility. Further sections include in-depth examinations of the topics of time (the “Here and Now” and “Regressive Processes”) and understanding (“Dialogue and Interpretation” and “Cultivated Uncertainty”).

From Staemmler’s “critical gaze concepts emerge as refreshed, re-formed, and revitalized constructs so we can continue to develop the theory and practice of contemporary gestalt therapy.” — Dan Bloom

„Frank-M. Staemmler is one of the most lucid thinkers I have ever known. Profoundly ethical, Aggression, Time, and Understanding is replete with thoughtful, even brilliant explorations of Gestalt therapy.“ — Lynne Jacobs