Couples Faculty

Robert W. Resnick, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, has been a Gestalt and Couples Therapist for over 50 years and an international trainer for almost 50 years. Trained (1965-1970) and personally certified (1969) by Drs. Fritz Perls and James Simkin, he is the youngest of the “old timers”. Proudly, Dr. Resnick was chosen by Fritz Perls to be the first Gestalt Therapist to introduce Gestalt Therapy to Europe in the summer of 1969 where he presented both a lecture and a training workshop. He has been presenting Gestalt and Couples training workshops in Europe several times each year since that time. His interview “Gestalt Therapy: Principles Prisms and Perspectives” defining his views of Gestalt Therapy at that time, appears in the summer 1995 issue of the British Gestalt Journal. “The Recursive Loop of Shame” appears in the Gestalt Review 1997. “Chicken Soup Is Poison” (Perls Festschrift) circa 1967. He is currently offering a series of contemporary Gestalt Therapy demonstration and training films soon to be followed with Couples Therapy films with Rita Resnick. His first clinical practicum (while moonlighting as a Columbia University graduate student) was driving a New York taxicab. Bob’s style is warm and engaging and he speaks with clarity and humor.  The Resnicks are frequently happily married. Email:

Rita Resnick, Ph.D., has been Faculty Chair of GATLA’s European Summer Residential Training Program since 1991. In addition to her private practice, Rita is actively training psychotherapists in the United States, Australia, Europe, and Central Asia in both Gestalt and Couples Therapy. Her professional interests include the exploration of innovative and supportive approaches to supervision (Rita has published an article with Liv Estrup, M.A. “Supervision: A Collaborative Endeavor” in the Summer 2000 issue of the Gestalt Review) and a devoted, passionate (and self serving) interest in the area of women growing older – menopause and later-life vitality. Rita has published a chapter in  Woman In Gestalt Therapy – Adriena Feckova, Beatrix Wimmer.  The voice of female Gestalt therapists from Europe, USA and Israel who have contributed to the development of Gestalt therapy.  The Resnick’s are frequently happily married. Email:

Favorito Barbarello, M.Sc. Gestalt Psych., H. Dip. Integrative Psych. Studies, was born in Italy and has been living in Ireland since 1998. He trained initially as a craniosacral therapist, and subsequently started training in Gestalt psychotherapy at G.A.T.L.A. with Bob and Rita Resnick in 2004. For the last 8 years, Favo has been a teaching assistant in G.A.T.L.A. for both the Couples program and the Gestalt programs. He has a Masters degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy and is keenly interested in bodywork, and humor. Favo is also visiting faculty at several training centers in Europe, has a busy private practice in Ireland, and with his partner Kevin, runs workshops at home and away. Favo and Kevin set up the Irish Gestalt Training Institute in 2013.

Kevin McCann, M.I.A.C.P, was born in Lurgan, Co Armagh, Northern Ireland. Kevin graduated from University College Cork (U.C.C.) with a H.Dip. (Hons) in Gestalt Therapy and Post Grad. H.Dip. in Integrative Psychotherapy Studies. He continued his training with Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles (G.A.T.L.A.), becoming a certified Gestalt Therapist in 2011. He works as a group leader on the G.A.T.L.A. summer residential Couples Therapy training program. Kevin travels extensively, lecturing in Gestalt therapy, both in Ireland and abroad, and is a visiting lecturer at several Gestalt Institutes.  He is an accredited supervisor, and has 30 years experience in higher-level education and training. Kevin is an accredited member of the Irish Association of Counseling and Psychotherapy and is a former chairperson of the Irish Gestalt Society. As well as lecturing and running workshops, Kevin runs a private practice for individual psychotherapy and couples therapy and works as a support consultant for psychotherapists internationally.  He is co-founder of the Irish Gestalt Training Institute, which offers postgraduate training in Gestalt Therapy.