The psychoanalytical community in Poland in the 90s was centered 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 of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Analytical therapists from Poland began to be 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 of Katarzyna Walewska to EFPP. 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 branch of 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 Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy Association (PTPP) was established at the founding meeting of the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw on February 16, 2003, and officially registered on August 29, 2003. In the Council and the Management Board there were people representing various communities, so that the society could be a joint one. PTPP integrates the analytical community from the beginning. 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 at the post-graduate level. 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. 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 of Psychoanalytical 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.