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9th World Congress for Psychotherapy 2020
9th World Congress
for Psychotherapy
"Children, Society and Future – the Planet of Psychotherapy"
June 26-29, 2020
Moscow, Russia

Keynote speakers

Anzhela Avagimyan (Russia)

Graduated from M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Psychology, Honors Degree. (Pending) Candidate of Science in Psychology, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University’s Personality Psychology Chair; Research Supervisor — Correspondent Member of Russian Education Academy, Professor G. V. Soldatova.

Nicole AKNIN (France)

Nicole Aknin is the President of ECPP — French Branch (European Confederation of Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy) She was born in Casablanca (Morocco) on April 23, 1951. Married, mother of two children. ECP (European Certificate for Psychotherapy) holder ECPP (European Certificate for Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy) holder ECPP (European Certificate for Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy) president.

Adil AL-SALIHY (Iraq)

Dr. Adil Al-Salihy is an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology & Neuro-Psychotherapy. He is a Founder & President of the Iraqi Association for Psychotherapy (IAP), Baghdad, Iraq, works as an international supervisor of the Master and Doctoral students at Sigmund Freud University, Vienna — Austria, and as a Faculty of Clinical Psychology, Psychological Research Center\ Baghdad, Iraq. Additionally, he is considered as an international well-known Cognitive Neuroscientist, and Biofeedback & Neurofeedback Expert.

Emilia AFRANGE (Brazil)

Emilia Afrange is a President of Latin-American Federation of Psychotherapy (2016-2018) (; Vice-President of Brazilian Association of Psychotherapy (2018-2019). She is a psychologist of the team specialized in Prematures at “Escola Paulista de Medicina”, a psychotherapist, a clinical psychologist, a teacher and a supervisor of Institute Sedes Sapientiae, an affiliated member of the Psychoanalysis Brazilian Society in São Paulo.

Ali AFROOZ (Iran)

Dr. G. Ali Afrooz is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Tehran. Dr. Afrooz graduated magna-cum-laude from the University of Tehran in February 1972. Having received a scholarship from the University of Tehran, he pursued his studies in the United States of America. By mid-March 1973 he received his master’s degree in Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children, summa-cum-laude, from Michigan State University.

Aleksandr Bondarenko (Ukraine)

Dr., Prof. Aleksandr Bondarenko is a practicing psychologist, counselor, and social therapist. He specializes in therapy emotional traumas, individual and couple counseling, diagnostics of socio-psychological climate in companies and organizations. Aleksandr Bondarenko is an expert in counseling and providing psychological help for different categories of clients in Ukraine and beyond.

Maria BORCSA (Germany)

Maria Borcsa is a Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Psychology, Licensed Psychological Psychotherapist (CBT), Family Therapist and Supervisor. Founding member and member of the executive board of the Institute for Social Medicine, Rehabilitation Sciences and Healthcare Research, University of Applied Sciences, Nordhausen, Germany. President of the European Family Therapy Association (EFTA) (2013-2016). Founding editor (with P. Stratton) of the EFTA Book Series, Springer Intl.

Guillermo GARRIDO (Venezuela)

Guillermo Garrido is a Medical Doctor (Central University of Venezuela, 198O), Psychoanalyst member of Psychoanalytical Association of Venezuela, International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), and Latin American Federation of Psychoanalysis (FEPAL).

Maxim Goncharov (Russia)

Dr. Maxim Goncharov, MD, PhD, psychiatrist, psychotherapist in private practice, international master trainer of International Academy on Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy (IAPP), member of the board of directors of the World Association of Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy (WAPP). He is a leader of Positive Psychotherapy.

Larisa Dokuchayeva (Russia)

Larisa N. Dokuchayeva — PhD, Professor of the Non-Governmental Educational Institution «Academy of Rodologia», author of Rodologia — a science considering the kin development laws as a bio-social system, President of the League of Rodologia Professionals, President of the Regional Foundation «Family — XXI Century», full member of the PPL, Expert in Family аnd Social Law at the State Duma of the Russian Federation. Russia, Ekaterinburg.

Alexander Zhukov (Russia)

Born in 1960. Psychologist of the highest qualification category, works at the municipal centre «Rodnik» for psychological and educational assistance to young people. Senior lecturer at the Novosibirsk State Teacher Training University. Holder of European Certificate of Psychotherapy (ECP), certified supervisor of PPL (Professional League for Psychotherapy, Russia), official instructor and trainer of PPL (international class).


Dr. Zandvoort is the Academic Director of the Witten School of Management in Germany and a visiting professor at Oxford University and at HEC in Paris where he teaches on the Executive Masters Degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change.

He also teaches internationally in the field of psychotherapy, and is an examiner for masters and doctoral students at the Metanoia Institute in London.

José CASTILHO (Ireland)

José Castilho — originally from Brazil but residing in Ireland since 1991. José trained as psychoanalytic-psychotherapist in the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy which is in association with the MSc programme of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Trinity College, Dublin.

Alexander Katkov (Russia)

Professor Alexander L. Katkov, MD, is the rector of the International Institute for Social Psychotherapy (Saint-Petersburg).

In 1998, he was awarded an MD in both Psychiatry and Social Hygiene and Public Health. Since 2003, Professor Katkov has been acting as an official consultant and UNODC expert on drug issues (epidemiology, prevention, therapy, and rehabilitation) in Central Asia.

Nevena CALOVSKA (Serbia)

Nevena Calovska Hertzog is an M.D, Ph.D, psychiatrist. She is a Professor at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Media and Communication in Belgrade, Serbia. Her education: higher medical education, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade (1970-1976); specialization in Neurology and Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade (1977-1980); Doctoral studies and dissertation, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade (1989); Diploma in Systemic Family Therapy (1990).

Joseph KNOBEL FREUD (Spain)

Joseph Knobel Freud is a psychologist specializing in clinical psychology, psychotherapist and psychoanalyst, clinical supervisor, coordinator of private groups about psychoanalytic theory and technique.

Since 1983, he has been attending private consultation to children, adolescents, adults and the elderly.

Alexander Kocharian (Ukraine)

Alexander Kocharian is psychologist-psychotherapist, consultant and supervisor. A. Kocharian has graduated A.M. Gorky Kharkiv State university in 1982. In 1987 has graduated Ph.D. in A.A. Zhdanov Leningrad State, in 1992 awarded the rank of associate professor, in 1996 awarded doctorate in Taras Shevchenko Kiev National university, in 2001 the title of professor was conferred.


Professor Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D. is a noted international psychologist on the faculty at Columbia University Teachers College. At the United Nations, she is the Main Representative for the World Council for Psychotherapy (WCP) and the International Association of Applied Psychology, and past President of the Psychology Coalition of NGOs.

Eugenijus LAURINAITIS (Lithuania)

Since 1977 Assoc. Prof. Eugenijus Laurinaitis, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Vilnius University and a Professor at Institute of Psychology, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius (teaching Clinical Psychology, Psychological Counselling, Psychiatry and Psychopathology.

Albina Loktionova (Russia)

Loktionova Albina V., M.D., Director, founder of the Institute of Integrative Childs Psychotherapy& Practical Psychology «Genesis» (Moscow).

Child, developmental, couples psychotherapist (gestalt and existential psychotherapy, systemic family work), the therapist of European registry, of the registry for child's therapists Vienna and Austria, the training therapist, supervisor.

Gianpaolo LOMBARDI (Italy)

Gianpaolo Lombardi, M.D., is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist specializing in Family therapy. His education and work experience includes the following: M.D., Siena University, Italy, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (since 1998), Licensed Psychiatrist, Siena University (since 2002); specialist in Family and Relational Therapy, Institute of Family Therapy of Florence (since 2002). Psychiatrist and psychotherapist in National Health Service and private practice (since 2003).

Sylvester MADU (Nigeria)

On 3th June 2015, Professor Sylvester Ntomchukwu Madu is a native of Ubahu, Okija, in Ihiala Local Government, Anambra State Nigeria, was elected the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegbu Ojukwu University (former Anambra State University) Igbariam Campus. Before his new position, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the same university, and the President of the World Council for Psychotherapy African Chapter.

Victor Makarov (Russia)

Professor Victor Makarov, MD, doctor of medical sciences is the President of the All-Russian Professional Psychotherapeutic League and the National Self-Regulating Organization «Union of Psychotherapists and Psychologists», President elect of the Asian Federation of Psychotherapy, Vice-President of the World Council for Psychotherapy and Head of the Department of Psychotherapy and Sexology of the Russian Medical Academy of Continuous Professional Education.

Ekaterina Makarova (Russia)

Ekaterina Makarova is a head of the central council committee of the All-Russian professional psychotherapeutic league for training therapy, certified training therapist — advisor by PPL, accredited supervisor of PPL, lecturer of PPL of international level, chairman of the international section of the All-Russian Professional Psychotherapeutic League, chairman of the youth section of the World Council for Psychotherapy.

Snežana MILENKOVIĆ (Serbia)

Snežana D. Milenković, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Psychology, University of Novi Sad, received her MA in psychology (1981) and doctorate in medicine in (1992) from Belgrade University.

She has devoted her professional career to the teaching, practice, and study of psychotherapy.

Zoran MILIVOJEVIĆ (Serbia)

Dr. med. Zoran Milivojević, is a psychotherapist, transactional analyst, supervisor, teacher and author.

President of Serbian Union of Associations of Psychotherapists, and of TA Centre — Association of Transactional Analysts of Serbia.

Darlyne NEMETH (USA)

Darlyne G. Nemeth, Ph.D., M.P., M.P.A.P., clinical, medical, and neuropsychologist, has a broad-spectrum practice at The Neuropsychology Center of Louisiana (NCLA). Dr. Nemeth is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the World Counsel for Psychotherapy (WCP). She has served on the APA Council of Representatives and has been a WCP representative to the United Nations (UN). She is currently serving as WCP’s Co-Secretary General.

Domingos NETO (Portugal)

Domingos Neto (MD, Ph.D) is a psychiatrist who gave contributions in two distinct matters: Emotional Psychotherapy and Substance Abuse Treatment.

For 25 years he holds the position of Visiting Assistant and Visiting Professor at the Chair of Psychiatry and Mental Health of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Lisbon.


Dr. Sheila O’Sullivan is an experienced integrative psychotherapist and clinical with experience of working in a number of therapeutic organisations as well as in private practice. An engaging, high-experienced and enthusiastic lecturer; possesses 8 years’ experience of teaching psychotherapy, counselling and social psychology at colleges, universities as an associate lecturer at the Open University.

Chinmay PANDYA (India)

Dr. Chinmay Pandya is grandson of one of the greatest scholars, seers, philosophers of recent times in India — Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya (1911-1990), who was the founder of All World Gayatri Pariwar fraternity, which has 100 million members and thousands of global centers for social reform. He currently serves as Pro Vice Chancellor of Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya University (DSVV).

Ingrid PIRKER-BINDER (Austria)

MMAG. Dr. Ingrid Emilie Pirker-Binder takes leading positions in various industry sectors — she is an Owner and manager of BiCo Institute, now named STRESS-OUT (Since 1998), Lecturer at University of Applied Sciences IMC Krems, Lower Austria (Since 2004), practicing psychotherapist (since 2005), Owner and manager of Center for Corporate Health in Austria (since 2008), Sworn and judicially certified expert for psychotherapy (since 2009).

Alfred PRITZ (Austria)

Honorary President of the Congress. Born on the 31st of October 1952 in St. Lorenzen near Schleifling (Styria, Austria), Alfred Pritz started his career with studying psychologie, psychopathology and pedagogics in Salzburg, where he also achieved his Doctorate Degree in 1976. Since 1977 Alfred Pritz is working as a psychotherapist; he is trained in Client-Centered Therapy (developed by Carl Rogers), Psychoanalysis, Group Dynamics, Gestalt Therapy and Hypnosis.

Mikhail Reshetnikov (Russia)

Prof. Mikhail Reshetnikov, MD, PhD, Meritorious Scientist of Russia. East European Psychoanalytical Institute, Rector (St. Petersburg, Russia). All-Russian Council for Psychotherapy and Consalting (Moscow, Russia), Member of the Board. European Confederation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies, (Vienna, Austria) Past-President.

Ilona Romanova (Russia)

Романова Илона Евгеньевна — психолог, психотерапевт, супервизор. Специализация: психодрама, когнитивно-поведенческая терапия, семейная терапия. Осуществляет консультативную и психотерапевтическую помощь по вопросам адаптации, консультирует семьи, ведет терапевтические и обучающие группы в Российской Федерации, ближнем и дальнем зарубежье. Европейский сертификат психотерапевта.

Olga Prykhodchenko (Russia)

Olga Prykhodchenko is a full member and a Board member of All-Russian Professional Psychotherapeutic League, manager at the international level of the PPL Russia, Executive Secretary of the General Board of the PPL Russia, Head of the Disciplinary Comission of the SRO «Union of psychotherapists and psychologists». Russia, Novosibirsk.

Colin ROSS (USA)

Colin A. Ross, M.D completed medical school at the University of Alberta and his psychiatry training at the University of Manitoba in Canada. He is a Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and is the author of 200 papers and 29 books. He has spoken widely throughout North America and Europe, and in China, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. He has been a keynote speaker at many different conferences, and has reviewed for over 30 different professional journals.

Kelly RAY (USA)

Kelly Paulk Ray, Ph.D, MPAP, is a Licensed Advanced Practice Medical Psychologist (2012),

Licensed Medical Psychologist (2010), holds the Certificate of Prescriptive Authority (Medical Psychologist), Postdoctoral Masters Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology (2007), Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology (1999), Masters of Science, Clinical Psychology (1993), Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (1991).


Andrew Samuels is known internationally for his work at the interface of politics and psychotherapy and has worked as a consultant to leading politicians, parties and activist groups. His writings on the father, masculinity, spirituality, promiscuity, and a critical angle on the therapy relationship are also widely appreciated, He lectures all over the world on these topics. He is Professor of Analytical Psychology at the University of Essex and Visiting Professor at New York, Roehampton, Macau and Goldsmiths, London.

Alla Semenova (Russia)

Alla Ivanovna Semenova is a pediatrician, psychotherapist, immunologist and homeopath. She has a medical degree, graduated in 1964 from the 2nd Moscow State Medical Institute named N.I. Pirogov and commenced practice as a paediatrician. She has worked in the following fields: paediatrics, immunology and allergies, psycho-therapy, homeopathy, non-traditional and restorative medicine.

Toby Sigrún HERMAN (Iceland)

Toby Sigrún Herman is an MHR, Supervisor, Family Therapist, Certified Psychotherapist, EAP European Register, Certified Educator, Career & Guidance Counselor, Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Iceland; Former Delegate Iceland to EAP and EFTA; Former member Board of Specialists, Family Therapy Program, Inst. of Continuing Education, University of Iceland; Former President, Association of Professionals in Family Therapy Practice, Iceland; Former Treasurer Educators Association Iceland Medical Fund.

Natalia Spokoinyi (Germany)

Director of International Institute for Systemic Constellation, Berlin; certified psychotherapist of EAP and WCP; international lecturer and member of PPL; DGfS (German Society for Systemic Constellations) certified trainer in systemic constellations; Trauma therapist (amongst others author of the method “Quadripartite Model-Body-Emotions-Intellect-Spirit”.


Prof. Dr. Emilija Stoimenova Canevska is licensed health psychologist and psychotherapist, EAGT — and EAP-certified trainer and supervisor, as well as organizational couch and consultant. In psychotherapy training from 1989, she wastrained in different modalities: TA, EMDR, Gestalt Therapy, and in subareas as Supervision, Systemic mapping and Constellation work, Organizational Development. Her trainers were K.Evans, P.Barber, J.Zinker, B.Miller, S.Ginger, L. Pecotic, J.McKean, M.Parlett, I.Steward, T.Mandic, G.Kohlreiser, E. Stern, N. Zanko, R.Solomon.

Lidia Surina (Russia)

Lidia Surina is a PhD, analytical psychologist, psychotherapist, Jungian analyst, astropsychologist, coach. She specializes in working with life crises, individuation (spiritual and personal growth), neuroses, emotional disorder, symbiotic and narcotic dependence disorders. The professional preferences of Lidia Surina are analytical and transpersonal psychology, psychogenetics, Gestalt therapy, psychosynthesis.

Gabriella PHILIPPOU (Cyprus)

Since 2005, Gabriella Philippou works as a Psychotherapist-Counselor, Trainer for Personal, Professional and Business Development. She provides services to children, adults and the elderly, regardless of gender, nationality, religion, age, sexual orientation or social status.

Her Academic Qualifications are: BA Social Sciences (Major in Psychology), Cyprus College (now European University Cyprus), Academic Excellence Award from the School of Social Sciences and Humanities; Master’s in Clinical Psychology, University of Indianapolis, USA.


Mohammad Khodayarifard is a professor of Clinical Child Psychology and also the Dean of the Faculty of the Psychology and Educationat the University of Tehran.

His main research interests focus on psychology of religion, positive psychology and psychotherapy.

Enver CESKO (Kosovo)

Prof. Mag. Sci. Enver Cesko (Kosovo) is Mag. Science in Psychology, Pedagogy and Psychotherapy, President of the Kosovo Association for Psychotherapy — KAP, Prishtina, Director of the Kosovo Centre for Positive Psychotherapy — KCPP, Prishtina, President of Kosovo Body Psychotherapy Association — NOKTA, Prishtina, International Master Trainer, World Association for Positive Psychotherapy.

Yuri Shevchenko (Russia)

Shevchenko Yuri Stepanovich is a doctor of medical sciences, Professor, head of the Department of child psychiatry and psychotherapy of the Russian Medical Academy of continuous postgraduate education, Chief of child and adolescent psychiatry Rams educational-scientific medical center “of the property management Department of the President of the Russian Federation”.

Irina Shestakova-Arkhangelskaya (Russia)

Irina Shestakova-Arkhangelskaya is a holder of the European Certificate for Psychotherapy, Board Member of the All-Russian Professional Psychotherapeutic League, Official representative of the General Board in the Central Federal District of Russian Federation, accredited trainer and supervisor at the international level, author of the projects «Psychotherapy of co-Congruity» and «Ambassador of Mental Health».

Mony ELKAÏM (Belgium)

Maïmonid (Mony) Elkaïm, M.D., is a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist. He is a Honorary Professor at the Free University of Brussels and consultant at the department of psychiatry of the Erasmus University Hospital, Brussels. He is the Director of the «Institute for Family and Human Systems Studies»(Brussels) as well as of «ELKAIMFORMATIONS» (Paris), the President of the French speaking section of the «Belgian Group of Systemic Psychotherapists Trainers» and of the “Training Institutes Chambers” of EFTA.

Courtenay YOUNG (UK)

Courtenay Young is a relatively well-known United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) & European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP) accredited psychotherapist; a Body Psychotherapist; and a UK-NHS counsellor and supervisor. He lives and works near Edinburgh, Scotland. He is an Honorary Member of the European Association of Body Psychotherapist; and a member of the British Psychological Society.