The European Confederation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies was founded and formally constituted in Lviv, Ukraine in 2003. It is an organisation and forum to promote the art and science of psychoanalytic psychotherapies for the benefit of the public and the profession.

ECPP is a member organisation of the European Association of Psychotherapy. It has been recognised and accepted as a European wide modality organisation of the European Association for Psychotherapy whose standards of training and practice are at an advanced, qualified and scientific level.  It has a place on the Governing board of of the European Association for Psychotherapy. ECPP is an association established under the Austrian Civil Law.

ECPP is a dynamic Association which acts as an accrediting organisation for European psychoanalysts and works to maintain and promote standards, ethics and levels of professional practise among our members.

The objectives of ECPP are:

  • To promote the wider provision of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies to the public.
  • To propagate the theory that psychoanalytic psychotherapies, as practiced in a specific culture, requires an understanding and appreciation of integration into that specific culture or society.
  •  To encourage education and research in order to more fully inform the professional field and the public.
  • To contribute to public health by encouraging high standards of training, practise and ongoing education among its members.
  • To promote the dialogue and exchange of information among members of ECPP to further their intellectual, scientific, creative and social knowledge and practice in a manner similar to other fields of psychotherapy through many means including conferences, research and publications.
  • To obtain official recognition for the speciality of the psychoanalytic psychotherapies in various European countries.

Our activity is guided by accepted ethical principles of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytical psychotherapy.

Since its founding in 2003 it has offered a lively scientific life. The Association and its highly trained members gather at conferences and scientific meetings to exchange ideas, present research papers, and discuss areas of common interest. These programs provide a forum for the exchange of new ideas and highlight the contribution of psychoanalytic principles in helping to understand important social problems. Conferences have taken place in: Slovenia, Paris France, St. Petersburg Russia, Bucharest Romania, Rome Italy, Lviv Ukraine, Vienna Austria.

Its Honorary members include Horst Kaeckele, Christian Gaillard and Vamik Volkan.

Ex-Presidents: Marcus Fah, Mikhail Reshetnikov, Nicole Aknin, Barbara Fitzgerald.

As an organisation ECPP represents  Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy throughout Eastern and Western Europe.


The membership includes training organisations, national branches and individual members who have been awarded the category of membership practitioner, supervisor or training analyst throughout Europe.

The ECPP functions through 3 main bodies:

  • The Executive Committee,  made up of 4 members: the President, the two Vice-Presidents, the Treasurer.
  • The Governing Board, made up of delegates from each member country.
  • The General Assembly which takes place every two years.

The main documents which regulate the ECPP are:

The Code of Ethics

The Training Guidelines

The Code of Internal Policies

The Certification and Accreditation Code

All available on this website