Understanding the emotional content of the therapeutic relationship

Welcome to our website

Welcome to the official website of the Hellenic Society of Medical Psychology and Balint Groups that was created in 2012 originally under the name “Hellenic Balint Groups” in order to promote the theory and practice of Balint groups and the psychological aspects of medical practice and train Balint group leaders, doctors and psychologists in Greece.

The method of Balint groups took its name from the psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Michael Balint, who with his wife Enid Balint, social worker and psychoanalyst, created in the 1950s, in Great Britain, the first groups of general practitioners that were based on the discussion of cases from the clinical practice of their participants. Their aim was the improvement of the therapeutic relationship through its better understanding by the doctor and the more complete provision of care through a patient-centered approach.

The audience to which the groups are addressed is mainly doctors (now of all specialties and not just general practitioners from whom the groups started) but also involve other professional categories such as psychologists, nurses, midwives and social workers and generally professions in context of which a care-providing relationship can develop.

If you are a health or social care professional and are interested in the psychological aspects of your work and the relationship with your patients, don’t hesitate to contact us at +30 210 8016400 or by email at info@balintgroupgreece.com in order to get more information on Balint groups.

Member Society of the International Balint Federation

Dear Members and Friends of the Hellenic Society of Medical Psychology and Balint Groups,

We have the pleasure to announce that on May, 22, 2021 our Society became a member of the International Balint Federation sealing this way our collaborative relationships with the “Balintian” international community that date from the formation of our first Balint group in Greece in 2012. We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the members who have honoured us with their participation all these years, our accredited Balint group leaders and all our other collaborators who have contributed to our development which we are committed to continue with dedication towards the further dissemination of Balint groups and the promotion of a psychologically-informed medical practice in our country.

Interview with Eleftheria Tsaltas, Professor of Psychology at the Medical School of Athens

The Professor of Psychology at the Medical School of Athens and founding member of our Society, Mrs Eleftheria Tsaltas, talks with Alia Hotary about the training of young doctors and the role of Psychology in the psycho-prophylaxis of medical students and health professionals.

English subtitles available when watching the video.


Participation in the online conference of the Maritime Hospital of Athens on October, 2, 2020

We will participate in the online conference of the Nautical Hospital of Athens entitled “Care for the patient in IVF” that will take place on 10th October 2020, where Mrs Lida Bitrou, clinical psychologist and accredited Balint group leader, will give a talk on the emotions in IVF treatment and their management in the therapeutic relationship by the clinician (doctor, nurse, midwife) in a way that is useful for the patient and her treatment, through the lens of the patient-centered approach introduced by Michael Balint.

Interview: Dr. Parthenopi Pantelidou, Head Nurse at the University General Hospital of Thessaloniki AHEPA- one of the COVID-19 referral centers in Greece

Dr. Pantelidou (PhD) talks to Maria Kostopoulou, social worker and member of
the Balint groups, about her experience as a front-line health professional in the treatment of patients with COVID-19.
We have prepared for our readers a summary of this very interesting interview that you can read here.

First Scientific Conference of Psychologists at the University Psychiatric Hospital “Eginition”: Balint group for the medical and nursing staff (March 2019)

We have the pleasure of inviting you to the First Scientific Conference of Psychologists organized on 30 March 2019, by the psychological services staff of the First Psychiatric Clinic of the University of Athens- Eginition Hospital, in the context of which we will talk about Balint groups and conduct a group for the psychiatrists, psychologists and nurses of the university hospital that houses since its foundation (1904) the Chairs of Psychiatry and Neurology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA).

You can read more about this group in our newsletter issue.

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