Understanding the emotional content of the therapeutic relationship

Thank you to the International Balint Federation

We would like to send our thanks to the President of the International Balint Federation, Dr Don Nease, the Secretary Dr Paul Sacking and the members of the Board, as well as the President of the Medical Balint Society of France, Dr Jean-Daniel Gradeler, for the special participation fee they have provided for the members of the Greek group in order to facilitate their participation at the Balint International Congress that will take place in Metz, France on 5-9 September 2015.


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Theoretical seminars

The theoretical seminars constitute an important part of the training of new group leaders and are also addressed to members who have completed at least one year of participation in a Balint group and wish to enrich their empirical knowledge with some knowledge on theoretical issues surrounding Balint groups

The seminars are conducted one Saturday a month in our premises in Kifissia and are based on the study and discussion of texts and articles relevant to Balint groups, Psychoanalysis and Psychosomatics as well as the doctor-patient and therapist-client relationship. The rapporteurs are accredited Balint group leaders as well as invited persons who are involved in a clinical, academical or research context with the above scientific subjects.

Indicatively, in the first introductory seminar with the title “The relationship of Psychoanalysis with Balint groups: Freud, Ferenczi, Balint” we study the work and theories of Michael Balint, the influences that he received from Freud’s metapsychology and the work of Sandor Ferenczi -who was his analyst, mentor and friend- and his relationship with him, as well the convergences and divergences from the freudian theory and technique. Moreover, we are interested in the role of these influences and equally his differentiations in the creation and function of Balint groups.


Participation in the 13th Congress of the Hellenic Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (May 28th-31st, 2015)

The Hellenic Balint group participated in the 13th Congress of the Hellenic Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology that took place on May 28, 2015, at 14:30-17:00, at the Thessalia Congress Centre in Volos, Greece. The subject of and the topics presented at the roundtable were:

“The psychological aspects of the doctor-patient relationship in obstetrics and gynecology”

  • Fay Griva, The role of gender in the doctor-patient relationship with an emphasis on obstetrics-gynecology
  • Lida Bitrou, The triadic relationship of doctor-patient-partner during in vitro fertilization
  • Balint group formed ad hoc with members of the audience



2nd Athens Balint Weekend (21-22 February 2015)

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The second Athens Balint Weekend will take place on February 20-21, 2015,  under the auspices of the British Balint Society. The invited guest of the Hellenic group and representative of the British Balint Society will be Dr. Gearoid Fitzgerald, Consultant Psychiatrist in the NHS, Psychoanalyst and Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, Balint group leader and Member of the Council of the British Balint Society. Dr Fitzgerald has contributed actively to the development of Balint groups in Greece by providing supervision for the training of group leaders and helping through his knowlegde and experience in the organisation of the groups.

During his visit, Dr Fitzgerald will co-lead the ongoing group with Mrs Lida Bitrou, and will give a talk on the countertransference in the doctor/therapist and patient relationship.

The event will take place at the offices of the Hellenic Balint Group in the suburb of Kifissia in Athens.

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 in Greece under the auspices of the British Balint Society that was responsible for the training and accreditation of the first accredited 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 210 8016400 (Responsible for training Mrs Lida Bitrou) or by email at info@balintgroupgreece.com in order to find out more about Balint groups.

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