Gerhard Stemberger

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Gerhard Stemberger (born June 29, 1947 in Innsbruck ) is an Austrian sociologist and psychotherapist ( Gestalt theory psychotherapy ).


Studied psychology at the University of Innsbruck with Ivo Kohler and ( depth psychology ) with Eduard Grünewald (Salzburg working group for psychoanalysis), continued at the University of Vienna from 1969, social psychiatry with Hans Strotzka , sociology with Leopold Rosenmayr , doctorate in 1973 as Dr. phil. in the subjects of sociology and political science .

After completing his studies, Stemberger initially worked for the Vienna Chamber of Labor in applied social research for a few years . His focus was on working time research . 1985–1990 he led the international research exchange “Séminaire International sur le Temps de Travail (SITT) - International Symposium on Working Time (ISWT)” in this field with Gerhard Bosch (Germany), Peter Dawkins (Australia) and François Michon (France) with conferences in Brussels, Vienna and Paris.

In parallel, he set out on their own experience and theory with psychoanalysis (Fritz Guem, Innsbruck Working Group for Psychoanalysis), autogenous training , various body-oriented therapies and Gestalt familiar and finally completed his training in the form of theoretical psychotherapy in the Austrian Association for Gestalt Theoretical Psychotherapy . From the late 1980s onwards, he increasingly turned to psychotherapy, which eventually became his main professional area of ​​work.

Since then, Stemberger has taught and published in addition to his practical psychotherapeutic work, especially in the field of the application of gestalt theory in the clinical psychotherapeutic field. During the years of his membership in the Psychotherapy Advisory Board of the Austrian Ministry of Health (1992–2011), he mainly devoted himself to questions of professional ethics and patient rights in the field of psychotherapy. 1999–2007 Stemberger was chairman of the international society for gestalt theory and its applications . In 2001, he took over from Jürgen Kriz as managing editor of the international multidisciplinary journal Gestalt Theory , which he held until 2012. He is a teaching therapist for the Austrian Working Group for Gestalt Theoretical Psychotherapy. He is co-founder and co-editor of the journal Phenomenal - Journal for Gestalt Theoretical Psychotherapy, which has been published since 2009 .

Publications (selection)

Gestalt theory and psychotherapy

Professional ethics and patient rights

For working time research

  • The spread of flexible working hours in Austria: Development - Structures - Trends 1968 - 1983 . Vienna: AK Vienna 1983.
  • Company regulations for flexible working hours . Vienna: AK Vienna 1984.
  • (with Michael Mesch and Bernhard Schwarz) Organization of working hours . Vienna: Verlag des ÖGB 1986, ISBN 3-7035-0332-7 .
  • Working Time Reduction and A-Typical Employment in Austria. Economies et sociétés, 25 (1991), 137-153.
  • Working Time in Austria, in: Gerhard Bosch, Peter Dawkins, François Michon, International Institute for Labor Studies, 1994: Times Are Changing: Working Time in 14 Industrialised Countries , Geneva: ILO, 67ff.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. see Thomas Fuchs & Marianne Soff and Jürgen Kriz, Gerhard Stemberger for his 65th birthday , Gestalt Theory 34 (3-4 / 2012), 229-236; see also DB King / Michael Wertheimer, Max Wertheimer and Gestalt Theory , Transaction Publishers 2005, p. 399.
  2. Stemberger was the initiator and, together with Renate Krisch, the main author of the Austrian professional code for psychotherapists. See R. Hutterer-Krisch & G. Stemberger, 1996, Origin and Character of the Austrian Professional Code. In: R. Hutterer-Krisch, questions of ethics in psychotherapy , Vienna: Springer, pp. 613–616.