The psychoanalytical community in Poland in the 90s was organized around various analytical societies and centers in Warsaw, the Tri-City and Cracow (the Polish Psychoanalytical Society, the Institute of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, the Institute of Group Analysis Rasztow, the Laboratory of Psychoeducation, the Tri-City Center of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and the Cracow School). At the same time, i.e. in 1991, the British psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Brian Martindale founded the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Analytical therapists from Poland became interested in joining the Federation. Membership in the EFPP was sought by the Cracow community, and Polish psychoanalysts – Jan Malewski and Wojciech Hańbowski – recommended the Institute of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy directed by Katarzyna Walewska to the EFPP. Still, it became increasingly obvious that no single analytical organization in Poland could become a representative of the whole community. In 2002, a working group was established with the goal of creating the Polish network which could become member of the EFPP. During its long period of operation, the group’s members were: Władysław Banaś, Halina Pułaska-Borowicz, Danuta Golec, Krzysztof Jusiński, Anna Mikos, Maciej Musiał, Agnieszka Myśliwiec-Ferduła, Iwona Nidecka, Ewa Paszkiewicz, Athanasia Perdiki-Tomkowicz, Olga Pilinow, Dorota Sierpińska, Anna Szypusińska and Marzena Witkowska.

The Polish Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (PTPP) was established during the founding meeting which took place at the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw on February 16th 2003, and officially registered on August 29, 2003. Members of the Council and the Executive Board were chosen to represent all the different communities, so that they could all have their seat at the table within the Society. Since its foundation PTPP has integrated the analytical community. It is open to a variety of analytical approaches. It searches for its own formula, creating its own identity. It provides access to good quality training, including on-going post-graduate development. It helps to build and maintain a sense of professional identity. It gives a sense of belonging and community, cares for the interests of therapists and for an ethical attitude towards each other and towards patients. It promotes a psychoanalytical approach to mental health. The Society has become an important partner for other therapeutic organizations, including analytical, health care and various public institutions.

Currently, PTPP is a member of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (EFPP). It has its delegates in the Adult Psychotherapy Section and the Child and Youth Psychotherapy Section.

The society has 460 members. The criteria for obtaining full membership of PTPP (PTPP certificate) are in accordance with EFPP’s international training standards.