Our guests

Morris  Nitsun (UK) 

Morris  Nitsun is a consultant psychologist  for the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, a private psychotherapist at the Fitzrovia Group Analytic Practice, London, a senior training analyst at the Institute of Group Analysis, London and the convenor of the Diploma in Innovative Group Interventions at the Anna Freud Clinic. He is worldwide well- known author and  frequent  presenter of  talks,  keynote  speeches and  workshops  at international group events.
Books of Morris Nitsun The Anti-group – destructive forces and their creative potential (1996) with the new  perspective on the nature of group relationship and The Group as an Object of Desire – exploring sexuality in group psychotherapy (2006) have been described as  ‘classics in the field’. And the newest book of the author Beyond the Anti-group: Survival and Transformation (2014) captures us by focusing on anxiety and hostility within, toward and between groups, as well as the destructive potential of groups.

Hans Wiersema (Holland)

Hans Wiersema is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, teacher and supervisor in Holland and Lithuania (until 2012). His main interests are in treatment techniques, personality disorders and how to match the two. Besides he trains psychoanalytic therapists to become effective supervisors.

Hon. Prof. Felix de Mendelssohn (Austria)

Felix de Mendelssohn, Dr (Germany) is a renowned psychoanalyst and group analyst practicing in Vienna and Berlin. He is a former Chairman of the Section for Group Analysis of IAGP and Head of the Dept. of Psychoanalytic Studies at the Sigmund-Freud University in Vienna. He gave the annual Foulkes Lecture in London in 2000 on The Aesthetics of the Political in Group Analysis – the Wider Scope, published, amongst other of his contributions, in the journal Group Analysis.
He has two books published in German currently undergoing English translation, The Psychoanalytic Subject – Essays on the Theory and Practice of Psychoanalysis and The Contrary Motion of the Angels – Psychoanalytic Essays on Art and Society. He is currently working on a book on the Unconscious in Group Life, subtitled A Guide for Rugged Individualists.

Malcolm Pines (UK)

Malcolm Pines is a group analyst and psychoanalyst, a founder member of the Institute of Group Analysis and the editor of the International Library of Group Analysis. He has published widely and was the editor of Bion and Group Psychotherapy.
He was our guest in the International Symposium „Group Analysis in Different Cultures: Diversities and Tolerance”, 2006 in Dubingiai with the plenary lecture and International Summer Workshop of Group Analysis “Language in the Group, of the Group, by the Group”, 2009 in Dubingiai with the plenary lecture „The language of the brain“.

John Schlapobersky (UK)

John Schlapobersky is a group analyst in private practice in London and member of the Society for Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He supervises the Masters programme of the IGA Qualifying Course for Birkbeck College. As author and editor he has contributed to many publications including: The Easy Hand: Problems of Domestic Violence in Marital Psychotherapy. He was a founder of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture where he worked as consultant psychotherapist.
He was our guest in the International Summer Workshop of Group Analysis “Language in the Group, of the Group, by the Group”, 2009 in Dubingiai with the plenary lecture “Discourse theory and group analysis:  Who is talking, who is listening, what’s the message and what’s not being said?”

Ivan Urlic (Croatia)

Ivan Urlić, M. D., PhD. is neuropsychiatrist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist and group analyst. He is professor of psychiatry and psychological medicine and was Head of Department for Psychological Medicine, Medical School, University of Split. He was trained in group analysis at the IGA London. He is supervisor and training group analyst, and founder member of the IGA Zagreb and IGA Bologna.
He was our guest in the International Summer Workshop of Group Analysis “Language in the Group, of the Group, by the Group”, 2009 in Dubingiai with the plenary lecture „Group Supervision of Group Psychotherapy with Psychotic Patients: A Transcultural View“.

MJ Maher (UK)

MJ Maher is born in Zimbabwe. She obtained her teacher training from Mutare Teachers’ College and taught at Chitsere Government School in Mbare, Harare. As a teacher, she also worked for the Ministry of Education as a manuscript evaluator for the Curriculum Development Unit and also as a school radio lessons script writer for Audio Visual Service. She left teaching to be an editor for Zimbabwe Publishing House. In 1988 MJ came to the United Kingdom to train as a psychiatric nurse, subsequently training as a group analyst. She worked for National Health Service for twenty-three years as a psychiatric nurse and a group psychotherapist facilitating therapy groups and staff groups. MJ has extensive experience of working in therapeutic communities for residents with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder and of Drug and Alcohol Addiction. Currently she offers individual, couple and group psychotherapy in her private practice and also facilitates carers’ groups and experiential groups for trainee counsellors.

Andrea Giannelli (Italy)

Andrea Giannelli, MD is Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist and works at the Department of Psychiatry Policlinico Hospital-University of Milan. He is Vice President Association of Group Psychotherapy-Milan and member of C. O. I. R. A. G and I. A. G. P.
He was our guest in the International Summer Workshop of Group Analysis “Language in the Group, of the Group, by the Group”, 2009 in Dubingiai with the lecture “Addiction and time-limited group therapy: the GRF (group for psychological functioning restoring)”.