Stations of Fanita’s life (page 1 of 2)

You can read a lot of stories within the biography which Sigrid Röhl wrote in 2004 (second edition in 2011). The biography is based on several interviews with Fanita.
The biography is released in German and not yet translated in other languages.

  • Born in Galatz/Romania 1916 as the only child of a jewish couple
  • Lived the first 4 years in Galatz and moved then with her parents to Istanbul
  • Youth and adolesence in Istanbul
  • Education at an english school
  • 1932 - as 16-year-old one year of finishing school in Vienna
  • 1934 - School for journalism and business in London
  • 1937 – 1940 Studying Psychology at Sorbonne University, Paris
  • 1941 escape in the USA due to the Nazi-Invasion of France
  • Education as Child-Therapist in Bryn-Wawr and in Detroit
  • Training Analysis and graduation in 1962 as therapeutic psychoanalist at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Chicago
  • 1964 Training at the Tavistock Institute in Leicester/England
  • 1965 first contact with Eric Berne
  • TA-Training with David Kupfer at Berne's TA-Institute in Carmel/California

Stations of Fanita’s life (page 2 of 2)

  • 1969 first articles about TA-concepts
  • Co-founder of the Gestalt-Institute in Chicago
  • Training with Fritz Perls and graduation as Gestalt-Therapist
  • 1970 foundation of the „Eastern Institute for TA and Gestalt" in Philadelphia
  • 1972 first trip to Europe – introducing TA and Gestalt Therapy in trainings-workshops
  • since then several trips to Europe (in particular to France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland) and Asia (India and Japan) to hold training-workshops in TA and Gestalt as well as therapeutical workshops
  • further development of her own concepts as an enlargement of TA
  • 1977 death of her son Brian in an accident
  • since then Fanita concentrated her professional work on workshops in Europe
  • longterm cooperation with the Odenwald Institut, lead by Maryanne Kübel, and later with CONTRACT KG lead by Joachim Karnath
  • awarded twice the Eric-Berne-Memorial-Award in 1979 and 1998 for her contributions to TA
  • awarded the Gold medal of the EATA in 2010
  • 2012 lives in San Mateo and still attends conferences in the US