This is the website of the EFPP, the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector. The EFPP is a European umbrella organisation that links together national networks of adult, child & adolescent, group and couple & family psychoanalytic psychotherapists and some psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic organisations that share the EFPP objectives and are involved in public sector services.



Upcoming EFPP-Conference on the topic:
The Challenge of Social Traumata - The Inner Worlds of Outer Realities
Date: 10th to 13th May, 2018.
Venue: Metropol Palace, Belgrade, Serbia.
Please visit the conference website for further information.



11th Syros Summer Workshop



31st May - 2nd June 2019, Syros island, Greece

'The third position': Reflecting on the triangular space in today’s complex families

The Syros Summer Workshop on Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Studies has become a living tradition in the past 20 years. The Workshop, which takes place every other year in the neoclassical building of the Hermoupolis Town Hall in the Cycladic island of Syros, combines Greek island summer weather with psychoanalytic studies. It is organised by the Hellenic Association of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy under the auspices of EFPP. From the first Workshop (held on May 1998) EFPP and IPA members from all over Europe have been joining this event in this sunny and picturesque Greek island of Syros. Successful Workshops of the past enjoyed the presentations of invited speakers like Margot Waddell (U.K.), Jean Begoin, (France), Gianna Williams, (U.K.), Imre Szecsody, (Sweden), Roberto Basile (Italy), Luc Moyson (Belgium), Serge Frisch (Luxembourg), Biddy Youell (U.K.), Prof. R.D. Hinshelwood, Ricky and Louise Emanuel (U.K.), Majlis Winberg Salomonsson & Anders Jacobsson (Sweden), and Ann Horne (U.K.). The high quality theoretical and clinical presentations in the plenary meetings are discussed in small Anglophone and Francophone groups characterised by a friendly atmosphere, which encourages the exchange of ideas. The same friendly atmosphere accompanies us to the seaside and the local tavernas after each day’s work and is perhaps one of the reasons that most of the Syros Summer Workshop participants keep coming back for the next event. The 11th Syros Summer Workshop will explore the idea of the ‘Third’: the various forms of the ‘paternal third’, its presence or absence in regard to the multiple and complex forms of contemporary families (e.g. ‘patchwork’ families, single parent families, same sex parents, adoption, IVF treatments, sperm/egg donors, mixed race families, etc.). Read more...



The History of EFPP

Opening lecture by María Eugenia Cid Rodríguez at the Delegates Meeting 2015 in Berlin, Germany

I feel very grateful and privileged to have been invited by the board to speak about the History of the EFPP, although I must admit that their invitation has also made me feel old. The EFPP will have its 25th birthday next year, and I can already hear myself saying “Twenty-five years? It feels like it was yesterday!”. So it must be true: I am indeed getting old.





for having been part of the EFPP Four Section Conference in Berlin - be it as participant, presenter of a paper or a workshop, presenter of a subplenary session, chair of a paper session, member of the scientific committee/ organizational committee or chair of a discussion group! Your participation made the conference a success. You can now read the main papers by Stefano Bolognini, Anna Ursula Dreher, and John Schlapobersky here

Please have a look at the results of our survey: survey I - 100 answers (PDF 909KB), survey II - 80 answers (PDF 759KB).


EFPP 4-Section Conference
Beyond Babel? On Sameness and Otherness. June 26 - 28, 2015, Berlin, Germany

Berlin 2015
The EFPP, DGPT, DPG, DPV, DGAP, DGIP, VaKJP, D3G, and BVPPF organise a conference with the title

Beyond Babel? On Sameness and Otherness.

The presented lectures, papers, and workshops covered the field of all four EFPP sections (Psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults, children and adolescents, groups, couples, and families).
The conference took place on June 26 - 28 2015 in Berlin, Germany


  Three new volumes of the EFPP BookSeries have recently been published




Please have a look at our EFPP BookSeries flyer for detailed information of all books available including the three new ones:

Siblings: Envy and Rivalry, Coexistence and Concern edited by Katarzyna Skrzypek, Beata Maciejewska, and Zuzanna Stadnicka-Dmitriew

Families in Transformation: A Psychoanalytic Approach edited by Anna Maria Nicolo, Pierre Benghozi, and Daniela Lucarelli

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Handbook edited by Matthias Elzer and Alf Gerlach


  Psychoanalysis in Europe - A Paper by Hansjoerg Messner



Abstract: There are two fundamentally different models in European countries to provide universal health care. Psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy seems to fare better with one system rather then with the other. In countries like the emerging Eastern European democracies and the Balkans, there appears to be very little in terms of public funding for psychological therapies. In these countries, psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy are re-emerging on a small scale in private practice. (more)


  Annual Report of the EFPP Board


You will find here a short report of our activities and achievements for the year October 2010 to September 2011. I am delighted that the EFPP board has been very active since the last Delegates Meeting.
(If you are interested to read more: The original report and the annual accounts of the EFPP are available on the website of the Charity Commission for England and Wales.)

Who we are

The Federation is one of the principal European organisations in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and has built further on the stable foundations put in place in previous years. Contact has been maintained with the development of psychoanalytic psychotherapy in the Federation’s member countries. Attention to training conditions and research are of great importance. One main area of work has been to discuss and exchange experiences of the various types of training that are offered in different countries in Europe, including the newer European Union member countries. A rotating newsletter from different countries has been inaugurated on the website to share experiences of training and the conditions for work in each country. This is an open-ended discussion and a forum is offered for further explorations to take place.

What we have done

New section
Besides the already existing three sections (for psychotherapy with adults, child/adolescent psychotherapy and with groups) we installed a fourth section for psychoanalytic psychotherapy with couples and families (PCFP) which held its first conference in May 2010 in Florence (see below).

Contacts have been developed with other related international organisations, among others the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) and the EPF (European Psychoanalytic Federation). Contacts with the WHO (World Health Organisation; Dpt. for Mental Health in Copenhagen),with the NPCE (Network for Psychotherapeutic Care in Europe) and with the European Parliament have also been prepared (meeting in Brussels March 2011).

Helping to build up structures
The EFPP's policy is to offer donations to countries that are seeking to develop their trainings to meet the standards of full membership, or to countries that are seeking to fund a specific project in Psychotherapy. A summer school was offered and held in cooperation with the national representatives of the EFPP in Kasakhstan (2010), a winter school took place in Tbilisi (Georgia) and a training programme in Lithuania in Summer 2011.

New books
The EFPP Book Series (formerly known as Clinical Monographs) has continued and with 15 titles now published (2011) the current series is completed. A new series is contemplated for 2011/12, as well as an on line e-journal (forthcoming Spring 2012). Recent book publications are: Anne-Marie Schloesser and Alf Gerlach (eds): Crossing Borders, Integrating Differences (2010) and: Anna Scalmati and André Gautier (eds): Bearing Witness (2011).

Current book projects include conference books from the Florence Conference ( Anna Maria Nicolò, Pierre Benghozi, Daniela Lucarelli (eds): F amilies in Transformation: A Psychoanalytic Approach ) and the Cracow conference (Katarzyna Szkrypek et al.: Siblings: Envy and Rivalry, Coexistence and Concern). A German publication of the the Crossing Borders book was prepared and will be realized in 2012.

The books in the series are of a high professional standard and enhance the Federation’s objectives of sharing contemporary scientific ideas and clinical practice amongst the membership and beyond within the international scientific community.

Our website
The Federation’s Website has developed into a well received interactive forum for the membership with a reserved area for delegates as well as a public forum for visitors from the public. The site informs, enables communication and provides a space for interaction between members. It is a source of information for new comers and those who may be interested in forming a national network in their country. The Federation’s Constitution, application forms for membership and other documents are available for downloading in the public arena.

The new section for couples and familiy therapy presented itself in a conference in Florence, Italy, on the theme Families in Transformation: A Psychoanalytic Approach. A very successful combined Adult and Child and Adolescent Conference treating the theme Siblings: Envy and Rivalry, Coexistence and Concern was held in October 2011 in Krakow, Poland. Planning also took place during the year for the combined Group and Couple and Family which was held in Athens in May 2012 and the Syros workshop (Greece) which was held in June 2012.

Anne-Marie Schloesser
Chair of EFPP


  new e-journal EFPP Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Review



The EFPP has launched the new e-journal EFPP Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Review

14 / 2018 | Raquel Vidal: Close to Death - The Reflections and Experiences of a Group Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist working with Elderly People in an Institution

13 / 2016 | Элла Столпер: ГРУППА С «ПУСТУЮЩИМ МЕСТОМ».

12 / 2016 | Ewa Sobczak: Interrupted continuity – the transgenerational transmission of resettlement trauma

11 / 2016 | Lourdes Busquets y Ferré: Trabajo psicoterapéutico en la primera infancia según el pensamiento psicoanalítico

10 / 2016 | Angelo Bonaminio, Domenico Scaringi, Giusy Spagna: Like or Dislike: Questions and Challenges in the Consulting Room of a ‘Society 2.0’

09 / 2015 | Maria Teresa Diez Grieser: On the function of bulimia for female adolescents

08 / 2014 | Frans Schalkwijk: Shame in psychotherapy

07 / 2014 | May Nilsson: Saying Farewell. Aspects of Termination With Autistic Children.

06 / 2013 | Jan van de Sande: The Adventures of Old Narcissus. On Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Seniors.

05 / 2013 | Nikos Konstandaras: Betraying the Bond of Philia: The Causes of Conflict, Destruction and Self-Destruction in the Plays of Euripides.

04 / 2013 | Luigia Cresti: New applications in Baby Observation. The dawn of mother-baby relationship: exploring “inner maternity” through an extended use of Infant Observation.

03 / 2013 | Gila Ofer: Can the Ethiopian Change His Skin, Or the Leopard His Spots? (Jeremiah 13:23) - On Love, Hate and What’s Between Them

02 / 2012 | Gustavo Lanza Castelli & Itziar Bilbao Bilbao: Un método para la evaluación de la mentalización en el contexto interpersonal.

01 / 2012 | Orly Fisher & Roni Amiel: Siblings - a meaningful and influential aspect of our self formation and psychic life





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