Couples Faculty

Robert W. Resnick, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, has been a Gestalt and Couples Therapist for over 45 years and an international trainer for over 40 years. Trained (1965-1970) and personally certified (1969) by Drs. Fritz Perls and James Simkin, he is probably the youngest of the “old timers”. Proudly, Dr. Resnick was chosen by Fritz Perls (and invited by Nels In de Vid from Holland) 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 continually 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 developing a series of contemporary Couples Therapy and Gestalt Therapy video demonstration and training tapes. 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: bobresnick@aol.com.

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 and Europe 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 mid-life vitality. An interview on Contemporary Gestalt Therapy with Rita and Robert Resnick has been published in the Tidskrift For Norsk Psykologforening – the Norwegian Journal for Psychologists. Rita has published a chapter in the new book Catch the Message by A. Feckova and J. Levin on women in Gestalt therapy.  And yes, the Resnick’s are frequently happily married. Email: ritaresnick@gatla.org.

Additional Staff: Kevin McCann, H. Dip. G.T.,  Favorito Barbarello, MSc.