Understanding the emotional content of the therapeutic relationship

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In 2012, a small group of psychologists in Athens formed a case-discussion group based on the Balint methodology and very soon the first doctor was added to the group. A short while after, at the initiative of its members, the group was placed under the auspices of the British Balint Society in the context of which the training of the first group leaders has taken place. Thus, the first formal Balint group in Greece was formed, which is a case-discussion group for doctors, psychologists and other health professionals that puts at the centre of the presentation and the discussion, the therapeutic relationship and the patient’s psychology.

A year later, the International Balint Federation that assembles the Balint societies of all countries, included the Hellenic Balint Group in the list of its members and in 2014, the first group leader that was trained in Greece, received her accreditation by the British Balint Society. In September, 2015, the second group was formed with the participation of doctors, psychologists and one social worker, changing therefore the name of our scientific community to “Hellenic Balint Groups” and marking this way the first important step towards the dissemination of Balint groups in our country. In 2018, the first two doctors who were trained in Greece in group leadership received their accreditation as Balint group leaders and the same year the first Balint group led by an accredited leader took place in a public Greek hospital.

The further development of the Hellenic Balint Groups is based on the participation of new members from the field of Medicine and the caring professionals, the constant exchange and interaction with the other Balint societies abroad, the organization of scientific events and the publishing of articles that promote the work and dissemination of Balint groups on the national and international level.


Accredited Balint group leaders (in chronological order)

  • Bitrou Lida, Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
  • Stavrou Anastasios, Child Psychiatrist
  • Karantoni Eugenia, Neurologist

Corresponding members (accredited Balint group leaders)

  • Zalidis Sotiris, General Practitioner
  • Fitzgerald Gearoid, Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst
  • Rimmer Esti, Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

Members that have completed a two-year training/participation in an ongoing Balint group

  • Arabatzi Claire, Internal Medicine Specialist
  • Bezioula Ntina, School Psychologist, Psychotherapist
  • Goumatsi Sofia, Social Psychologist
  • Hassou Sofia, Psychologist, Psychotherapist
  • Hatzidimitri Magda, Psychologist, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
  • Hotari Alia, Psychologist, Palliative Care MSc(c)
  • Karantoni Eugenia, Neurologist
  • Kostopoulou Maria, Social Worker
  • Kravvariti Euridice, Internal Medicine Specialist-Geriatrician
  • Papanikolaou Daphne, Psychologist, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
  • Paparizou Zoe, General Practitioner
  • Semidala-Avramopoulou Lida, Developmental Psychologist, Psychotherapist
  • Stavrou Anastasios, Child Psychiatrist


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