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Feb 08, 2023


Lydia Tischler: Holocaust survivor wins The Times/Sternberg Active Life award for work in therapy

The psychotherapist Lydia Tischler, 93,
was sent to Auschwitz at the age of ten JACKY CHAPMAN


Lydia Tischler has been a founding member of the EFPP. She left her home country Czechoslovakia after the war and settled in London. In the 1990’ after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron curtain, she pioneered to develop structures for child and adolescent psychotherapy training in her homeland in very difficult circumstances. Lydia then went on to support the development of psychoanalytic psychotherapy structures in the Baltic countries and further afield in Eastern Europe. She embodies the very essence of the EFPP to develop promote and protect psychoanalytic psychotherapy and is remembered fondly by so many for her wit, her humour and her determination.
Hansjorg Messner, EFPP Vice President & Chair of the Adult Section.

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Lydia Tischler The Times's article

Dic 31, 2020


The Portuguese School of Group analysis

Towards a Unified and Integrated Approach to Theory, Research and Clinical Work

– Published by Routledge


We hope to interest you on the unique perspectives of several Portuguese authors about the complexity of the group analytic spectrum, the psychoanalytic influence on the Portuguese model of group analysis, the importance of the group analyst in the process and how he/she manages transference and counter-transference as well as difficult feelings and aggressiveness, with special emphasis on the theoretical concepts of pattern and personal group matrix plus the specificities of the Portuguese training programme.

Isaura Manso Neto and Margarida França, Editors


“This book is essential reading for colleagues who practice group analysis, whether called “group-analysis”, “groupanalysis”, or even “psychoanalytical group psychotherapy”.
Earl Hopper, Series Editor

“The book examines the trajectory of the group-analysis from its original context to its contemporary evolution, making a special contribution to identify the psychoanalytic concepts that are relevant and necessary for the group-analytical practice.”
Alejandro Ávila Espada, PhD, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

“The book enabled me to understand the basic principles of the Portuguese Group Analysis Institute and of their effort to keep Group Analysis close to the paradigm of psychoanalysis. All in all, the book has solid theoretical and clinical bases, presented in clear writing.”
Angela Sordano, psychologist and psychotherapist, past president of a Psychodrama Italian Association (Apragipsicodramma)

“In articulating this distinctive approach, against the broader historical background of Group Analysis, the authors remind us of its vital international character.”
David Glyn, president, Group Analytic Society International

“This most interesting book puts forward an in-depth discussion of the very nature of our discipline, what is and what is not group analysis, its concepts, research, techniques, practice, and training, and its relation with psychoanalysis.”
Juan Tubert-Oaklander, MD, PhD, psychoanalyst, group analyst, and marriage and family psychotherapist, Marista University of Mérida, Mexico.

“In addition to a wealth of references and numerous practical examples, the book is an inspiring treasure trove for every clinician and practitioner”.
Jutta Gliem, chair of EGATIN

“This book is (…) also a comprehensive and thorough description of its present conceptional understanding of theory, methods and clinical use of group analysis and the requirements in training, which are probably the most demanding in Europe. An engaging and inspiring reading.”
Kristian Valbak, PhD, group analyst and former president of EGATIN

“What a pleasure to be introduced to the Portuguese school of Group Analysis and its prominent figures. The authors present key concepts and lively clinical anecdotes that focus us on the unique presence of each individual, not only on group dynamics, thereby diverging from Foulkes and Bion and connecting group theory and practice to contemporary relational principles.”
Richard Billow, PhD, clinical professor, Adelphi University, New York

“This is a most interesting book about the different identity of Portuguese school of “groupanalysis”. Cortesao, its founder, conceptualized a fascinating framework of three times a week group analysis, which is considered “a psychoanalytic treatment of the individual in and through the group”.
Robi Friedman, group-analyst, former president of the International Group Analytic Society, former chair of the Israeli Institute for Group Analysis

“(…) I am happy to recommend this comprehensive, ambitious and well-written book, which addresses and reflects upon questions that are highly important and urgently need answers.”
Steinar Lorentzen, Professor of Psychiatry, psychoanalyst, group analyst, University of Oslo, Norway

“This book approaches the historical aspects of Group Analysis and its evolution towards its high current development. The book is a fundamental contribution for who has interest in psychoanalysis and therapeutic groups.”
Waldemar Fernandes, MD, past president of the Federação Latino-Americana de Psicoterapia Analítica de Grupo (FLAPAG)

The Portuguese School of Group Analysis

Oct 19, 2018


Mary Morgan – A Couple State of Mind

A Couple State of Mind is a much anticipated book aimed at an international audience of practitioners, students and teachers of psychoanalytic couple therapy, describes the Tavistock Relationships model of couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy, drawing on both historical and contemporary ideas, including the author’s own theoretical contributions. The book references contemporary influences of other psychoanalytic approaches to couples, particularly from an international perspective. It will be invaluable for all students learning about psychoanalytic work with couples for other psychoanalytic practitioners interested in this field.

A Couple State Of Mind Mary Morgan Picture

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Please note that the book is also available in Polish, italian and Russian

A Couple State of Mind - Mary Morgan

Dec 22, 2021


Carlos Tabbia – Clínica del significado. El vértice Bion/Meltzer

“We could think of this book as a tribute to what Tabbia calls “The Four Horsemen of the Discovery of Mental Life”: Freud, M. Klein, Bion, and D. Meltzer. And not only a tribute to the wisdom but to the personal analytical attributes of these pioneers who knew that the analyst’s mind is the organizing and understanding center of all analytical process …
It is a great pleasure to witness, through reading this book, the workings of analytic activity in the mind of a colleague who passionately covers such a wide spectrum of knowledge. This generates a sincere response of gratitude for enriching our sensitivity in relation to clinical activity and, on the other hand, showing us how it is possible to learn creatively from our teachers and inspiring figures such as the pioneers of the psychoanalytic movement. It is obvious that the creative seriousness and the enthusiasm of the descriptions emphasize the importance of devotion to our discipline in the encounter with our patients”.
Dr Alberto Hahn. British Psychoanalytical Society

Carlos Tabbia

Psychoanalyst, clinical psychologist, training member of the EFPP Spanish Network (AMPP-FEPP). Founder Member of the Grupo Psicoanalítico de   Barcelona that from 1986 to 2004 worked in seminars and supervisions with Dr Meltzer in Barcelona and Oxford. Co-author with Meltzer and GPB of the books: “Psychoanalytic Psychoanalytic clinic with children and adolescents” (Karnac, 2002), “Supervision with Donald Meltzer” (Karnac,  2003). “Un taller psicoanalítico a partir de Donald Meltzer” (Grafein, 2007). Co-author with F. Spadaro of “Il Fanatismo. Dalle origini  psichiche al sociale” (Armando Editore, 2007)


La realidad psíquica
Los valores


La estructura de la personalidad
Negación de la realidad psíquica
Una realidad psíquica inaccesible
La oposición a la situación analítica
La expulsión de la realidad analítica
Síntesis. La posibilidad de pensar

Escisión e identificación intrusiva
Una opositora intrusividad
El temor a la introyección y a la locura
El peligro de la irrealidad
La grandiosidad anal
Manipulador con la pasividad
Síntesis. Sobre la identificación intrusiva y la “aspirada”

Inmadurez y lucha contra el objeto combinado
Un estado mental inmaduro
Creyéndose el objeto combinado
La obsesividad
En el umbral de la posición depresiva
Síntesis. El destino de la preconcepción

La organización del self y el interés del analista
Vivir en identificación intrusiva

Observación y descripción en la génesis del significado
El fanatismo, la identidad y el pensamiento
Las dificultades para soñar
El aburrimiento del adolescente y del analista
Escribir con el cuerpo

El concepto de intimidad en el pensamiento de Meltzer
Bondad apasionada
Modelo placentario de la intimidad
La intimidad en el trabajo analítico
El adolescente aislado

El analista frente a funcionamientos protomentales
La disponibilidad mental del analista
La actitud psicoanalista. Fe, creencia, intuición

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Carlos Tabbia - Clínica del significado. El vértice Bion/Meltzer

Jun 28, 2021


Open Dialogue for Psychosiss

Organising Mental Health Services to Prioritise Dialogue, Relationship and Meaning

On 30 July 2021, Routledge will be publishing the book Open Dialogue for Psychosis – Organising Mental Health Services to Prioritise Dialogue, Relationship and Meaning, as part of their ISPS book series. This is the first international book on the Open Dialogue approach, with 47 chapters written by people engaged in/developing the approach in 11 different countries.


Open Dialogue for Psychosiss

Jan 16, 2020


EFPP Book Series

The latest release of the EFPP Book Series – “A Psychoanalytic Exploration On Sameness and Otherness. Beyond Babel?” is available on Routledge.

Please have a look at the list with all available volumes.


Nov 4, 2019


EFPP Book Series

The latest release of the EFPP Book Series – “A Psychoanalytic and Socio-Cultural Exploration of a Continent – Europe on the Couch” is available on Routledge.

Please have a look at the list with all available volumes.

A Psychoanalytic and Socio Cultural Exploration of a Continent

Oct 12, 2019


Pia litzell Berg & Christina Lloyd

We welcome Pia litzell Berg and Christina Lloyd as a new delegates in the group section for Sweden.


Sweden Sailboat Stockholm

Mar 22, 2018


Hanne-Sofie Johnsen Dahl

We welcome Hanne-Sofie Johnsen Dahl as a new delegate in the group section for Norway. She replaces Christian Hjort.



Mar 22, 2018


Martine Vermeylen

We welcome Martine Vermeylen as a new observer in the couple & family section for Belgium.